Raksha Bandhan, featuring Akshay Kumar and helmed by Aanand L. Rai, hits on silver screens yesterday. Raksha Bandhan, which also portrays Bhumi Pednekar, Sadia Khateeb, Sahejmeen Kaur, Smrithi Srikanth, and Deepika Khanna, emphasizes the bond between siblings. Akshay Kumar’s family entertainer conveys a potent message about dowry. Netizens provided Raksha Bandhan mostly favorable reviews, praising it as Kumar’s finest performance of his career.
Raksha Bandhan is light entertainment that often takes the nature of social satire, but not at the expense of compromising its central objective of highlighting the value of and charm of sibling relationships. Following two straight box office flops in Bachchhan Pandey and Samrat Prithviraj, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Akshay Kumar has returned with Raksha Bandhan due to his sincerity and touching performance, which earns appreciation. Some people may not like the stereotypes some of the characters have connected to them, though. The manner in some sequences normalize body shaming—for example, by naming Durga a “Double Decker” and Laxmi an “Amavas Ki Raat” who must be “marinated in uptan”—is not actually necessary.
Raksha Bandhan Star cast: Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar, Sadia Khateeb, Smrithi Srikanth, Deepika Khanna, Sahejmeen Kaur
Raksha Bandhan Director: Anand L Rai
“Raksha Bandhan” has also been considered a “blockbuster” movie by a large number of individuals. High expectations were set for this movie considering that Akshay Kumar’s last three films—two of which were presented this year—have not performed well. And based on the reviews, it appears that Akshay has at last resonated with the audience. Let’s check out the movie reviews:
The movie presents Lala Kedarnath (Akshay), who runs a Pushtaini Golgappa shop that has been there for three decades in the Chandni Chowk neighborhood of Old Delhi. Lala made a promise to his mother on her deathbed that he would only be married off after his four sisters get the eligible boys. And that’s the primary problem at hand because the sisters, as matchmaker Shanu (Seema Pahwa) put it, are a diverse bunch. On the other hand, Lala’s childhood girlfriend Sapna (Bhumi Pednekar) is eagerly anticipating his marriage amid all this mess. Raksha Bandhan’s main theme is on Akshay’s capability to keep his promise and the obstacles he encounters along the journey.
The script required more polishing. Editing in the first half was certainly inadequate, and following the climax, several parts of the second half need extra prominence. Because it has already been established that this is one of the simpler films, Himanshu Sharma and Kanika Dhillon have crafted a tale that is also pretty simple. However, one issue of the drama in this movie is that it never follows with a solid buildup. It is simply there. You’ll be confused about how to handle when something unexpectedly extremely joyful or upsetting happens.
Throughout the movie, Akshay has successfully portrayed the diverse emotions of his character. The actor maintains his form the entire time. Sapna portrayed by Bhumi Pednekar, displays conviction. In her restricted role as a matchmaker, Seema Pahwa thrives. The four sisters—Deepika Khanna, Sadia Khateeb, and Sahejmeen Kaur, both of whom are making their acting debuts—provide good backing and consistently infuse comedy into the film.
Direction & Music
The movie is a serious attempt, even though it falls short of Aanand L. Rai’s previous classics Raanjhanaa and Tanu Weds Manu Returns. There is no place for depth or refinement in director Anand L Rai’s approach, which includes everyone and everything. The film does have some good traits, such as vibrant, festival-inspired cinematography and heartfelt music. With the release of the Raksha Bandhan music album, it appears as if Himesh Reshammiya has finally returned to form. The second part of the drama is enhanced by the tunes Bidaai by the Nooran Sisters and Tu Bichhde Toh by Nihal Tauro.
Overall, a film could have been finer with a title like Raksha Bandhan. The movie has all the ingredients to play with the audience’s emotions. Raksha Bandhan definitely deserves a watch.