Actress Urmila Mahanta, who plays a pivotal role in the Akshay Kumar-starrer Padman, says the audience loves films with strong content and that a movie's success doesn't rely just on the banner or superstar. The year was set to begin with a major box office clash between Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial Padmaavat and R. Balki's directorial Padman on January 25, a day ahead of Republic Day.
But Akshay later announced that he had shifted the release of Padman to February 9.
Hailing Akshay's "kind gesture", Urmila told IANS, "That is his way of showing respect to Bhansali sir, who faced so many problems due to 'Padmaavat'. It's a lovely gesture by Akshay Kumar. I am really happy to be a part of this movie and I am looking forward to its release."
But won't pushing the release date of their film affect its business?
"I don't think it matters. Content is bigger than the production house and the superstars. If you have strong content with strong performances and a team, I think you can release your film any time and the audience will still love it," she said.
"It is Akshay's movie and he has a huge fan following, and the director is R. Balki. He is a very competent and experienced director. And the subject is all about women's hygiene. It's the need of the hour."
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Padman - which marks Akshay's wife Twinkle Khanna's maiden production venture - tells the story of a man who invented a low-cost sanitary pad manufacturing machine.
"After Padman, I think people will be more aware of the importance of hygiene for ladies. This is a lovely initiative by a superstar. Because of the movie, people will get to know about the problems that women face, especially in villages," said Urmila.
On her role, she said, "I am playing Savitri, who helps Akshay's character to carry forward his initiative. She also suffered a lot. Her life changes after meeting Akshay's character."
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