Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film Padman, which releases this Friday (February 9), has already set a record even before hitting the screens.
Interestingly, PadMan will be the first Bollywood film to release in Russia on the same day and date as its domestic release.
Sharing the news on Twitter, Akshay wrote, “Happy to share, our film #PadMan becomes the first Bollywood film to be released in Russia on the same day and date. So Russia, see you at the movies on 9th February, 2018!”
Hindi Cinema enjoys immense popularity in Russia. Back in the Soviet days, Raj Kapoor’s film Awaara – dubbed in Russian and released as Brodiaga (or, the Vagabond) – was a runaway success.
PadMan tells the story of real-life social activist and entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham who invented a machine for producing low-cost sanitary napkins and became famous for his advocacy of menstrual hygiene.
The film was initially slated to release on January 25 but was later deferred to February 9, thus averting a clash with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.