According to IANS report, actor Sidharth Malhotra whose upcoming release Aiyaary is clashing with Akshay Kumar’s Padman feels that the clash could have been avoided. Earlier, Aiyaary and Padman were slated to release on January 25, but as Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat got the same date for the release, the makers of Aiyaary pushed the release date of their film to February 9. However, as a support to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Akshay Kumar too pushed the release date of Padman to February 9, thus paving way for Padmaavat to get a solo release.

Talking about the clash of Aiyaary and Padman, Sidharth Malhotra said, “Yes, it irritates, but now it’s too late. What can we do now? Look, we announced the date first. When Padman makers unveiled their release date, we were gracious enough to shift our release date to avoid the clash.”

“This situation could have resolved earlier, people could have stuck to their dates, respecting others’ space. I was not expecting the makers of Padman to release their film with us, especially the second time. We thought we will get a solo release,” he added.

“See, eventually the fate of the film will speak for itself. We are confident about our film, it has its audience. Now that we cannot change anything, we can hope for the best,” he concluded.

Sidharth Malhotra will be seen in Aiyaary as an Army Officer whose ideology is different from senior officer played by Manoj Bajpayee. The film also stars Rakul Preet Singh, Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah.