Massive Box Office clash has been averted after Akshay Kumar on Friday announced that his upcoming movie PadMan will be postponed. The movie will now be released on February 9. Kumar who held a joint press conference with Padmaavat director Sanjay Leela Bhansali in which he announced this massive news. PadMan co-starring Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor, was originally booked for the Republic Day weekend- January 25. PadMan, co-starring Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte, was the film originally booked for the Republic Day weekend - Padmavaat, cleared for release by the Censor Board earlier this month, also announced two weeks ago that it would open on January 25. Speaking to the media, Bhansali said, "Padmaavat has been made after facing a lot of difficulties. We [the makers] decided to release the film on January 25, but it was clashing with Akshay Kumar's movie 'PadMan' and we requested him to move the release date of his film ahead and he agreed. I will always be grateful to him." Bhansali also noted that film fraternity will be really proud of Akshay for this gesture. When asked why 'PadMan' moved its release date and not 'Padmaavat', the National-award winning star replied, "They have a reason to release the movie this time. It is really essential for the makers of 'Padmaavat' to release the movie as early as possible. We could have easily come out on the same day, we have 4000-5000 theatres all over the nation and we could have easily shared them. But at the moment the stake of their film is much higher than mine. So, he asked me to do it and I did it." "He has gone through a lot. It is essential for them to release the film at this time, their stakes are higher than mine," Akshay said about the Padmaavat director, calling him "a dear friend." Padmaavat, previously titled Padmavati, was originally scheduled to release last month but was postponed after its application for certification was rejected by the Prasoon Joshi-led Censor Board. The film has been opposed by fringe Rajput groups who are concerned that Padmaavat, based on the legend of Rani Padmini, incorrectly depicts a romance between the queen, played by Deepika Padukone, and Alauddin Khilji, played by Ranveer Singh. The Censor passed the film this month with five edits that included dropping the 'i' from the title. Protests continued, with states such as Rajasthan announcing they would not screen the film despite Censor clearance. The Supreme Court yesterday ruled against the ban in the states.