Akshay's box-office clash with Shah Rukh!

By HT

Mumbai, July 25 -- Almost a dozen films (including more than half a dozen Hindi and two Marathi ventures) will hit theatres this Friday (July 26). But, Rajeev Patil's 72 Miles Ek Pravas that's produced by Akshay Kumar and Ashvini Yardi's production house will have to hang on. The film was also slated to release on the same day, but its date has now been pushed to August 9.

It's interesting to note that Akshay's Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara was pushed to August 15 to avoid a clash with Shah Rukh Khan's Chennai Express. But, with 72 Miles moving to August 9, Akshay's project will still clash with SRK's venture.

"We will be releasing the film globally as we want to connect with not just the Indian community abroad, but a broader ethnicity, considering the subject of the film is quite relatable. I believe this film will be received well and will leave an impression on viewers," says Ashvini.

Featuring actor Smita Tambe in the lead role, the film is based on writer Ashok Vhatkar's autobiography. Although Akshay doesn't belong to the Marathi ethnicity, Ashvin insists that the actor is well versed in the language. "When you hear him speak Marathi, it's quite difficult to believe that he's not Maharashtrian. He has supported the film wholeheartedly. The amount of passion and dedication Akshay puts into any project is inspiring; it brings a lot of positivity that encourages the cast and crew," says the co-producer.

Ashvini further adds that what distinguishes the film from others is its substance. "It is a period film with a hard-hitting subject. It throws light on some grim issues in our society that aren't being addressed. But, at the same time, it is a journey of self-actualisation," she says.

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