Last Friday, we were quite surprised to hear the news that Rajinikanth’s 2.0 has bowed out of the hotly contested Diwali spot this year, leaving the spot for Ajay Devgn’s ensemble comedy Golmaal Again and Aamir Khan’s production Secret Superstar. The new release date of 2.0 is now January 25, 2018. The official reason given by the makers was that there is plenty of post-production polishing to be done, so that the sci-fi thriller, touted as the costliest movie ever made in India, will meet international standards when it comes to special effects. A quite plausible reason on the face of it, though shooting for the movie is nearly complete, and there are still six more months to go.

However, there is a niggling doubt in our minds as to the real reason why 2.0 is being pushed to January 25, 2018, and that reason happens to be playing the villain in the movie – Akshay Kumar. 25 January 2018 happens to be the Republic Day weekend, and we all know anything remotely patriotic is connected to Akshay Kumar, who has an upper hand when it comes to releasing movies on which days. This year itself, he will be releasing Toilet – Ek Prem Katha during the Independence Day weekend, clashing with Shah Rukh Khan’s romantic drama with Anushka Sharma. So is Akshay Kumar the real reason why 2.0 has been pushed to January 25, 2018? Your guess is as good as mine!

There is one very benefit with this postponement for the makers of 2.0 The movie, directed by Shanker, is made on a huge budget and it needs a huge initial, as well as a long box office run, to make it a profitable venture. With Golmaal Again and Secret Superstar eating into its shares in the northern territories of India, this is one risk the producers wouldn’t want to take.

As of now, the only Hindi movie 2.0 will be clashing with on its new release date is Sidharth Malhotra’s spy thriller, Aiyaary. Interestingly, this movie is directed by Neeraj Pandey, a very good friend of Akshay Kumar. So what’s going on there?