Commenting on the box office confrontation of his film Raksha Bandhan with Aamir Khan“Laal Singh Chadha” Akshay Kumar on Tuesday said it was “not a clash” but a combination of two good films. Both Rakshabandhan and Laal Singh Chadha also starring. Kareena Kapoor Khanshould be released in theaters on August 11th.
Kumar said releasing two films in the same week is “natural” as there are many films poised to hit the screens due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is an important day. The film is released during the holidays, there will be (festival) Rakshabandhana. Due to COVID-19, there are many films waiting to be released. Since there are so many films, it’s only natural that two films come out in the same week. It’s not a clash, we’re getting together, trying to get our films out to people. I hope that both films have a good circulation,” the actor told reporters.
Kumar performed at the launch of the Raksha Bandhan trailer at the city’s iconic single-screen Delite Cinema. Directed by Anand L Rai, the film is about Raju (Kumar), a candy store owner who struggles to marry his four younger sisters.
The film features Sadiya Khatib, Sahejmeen Kaur, Deepika Khanna and Smriti Srikant as Kumar’s on-screen sisters. Describing Rakshabandhan as a film that offers a solution to the dowry problem, Kumar said it is a conscious effort on his part to tell stories that not only solve the problem, but offer a way out of it.
“For example, I starred in the films “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha”, “Padman”. Similarly, in this film, we are not only talking about dowry, but also offering a solution for the country and the world,” he said.
“With every film, I want to destroy myself. I want to break my image and then do something else. My criterion has always been to challenge myself. When I entered the industry, I used to do only actions. break out of it (image),” he added.
The film, starring Bhumi Pednekar as the female lead along with Kumar, was extensively filmed in Chandni Chowk, New Delhi. Pednekar, who is reuniting with Kumar after the publication of ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, said ‘Rakshabandhan’ is an ode to the ‘pure’ connection between siblings.
“My sister and I cannot imagine our lives without each other. We often fight over things like food, clothes, or the TV remote, but we also love each other very much,” she added. Kumar, who spent his childhood in Chandni Chowk, said that shooting the film in Delhi was “coming home” for him.
“Even today, I sometimes quietly come to our old house in Chandni Chowk at night to meet my mother. I remember eating Parante Vali Gali parantha and Jani fruit cream.”
The actor, who launched the film’s trailer at Delite Cinema with the film’s crew, said he has many fond memories of theater.
“I have seen so many films here. I remember watching Amar Akbar Anthony here in black,” he recalled.
Asked to comment on Agnipath, a new recruitment scheme announced by the central government, Kumar said it was not the right platform to discuss the issue.
Raksha Bandhan marks the second collaboration between Kumar and Rai after 2021’s Atrangi Re.
Rai said the film has an important place in his filmography, which includes hits like “Raanjhanaa” and the series “Tanu Weds Manu”.
“We had so much fun working on this film that we didn’t know when we were done with it. Sir Akshay treated me like his older brother even though he is older than me,” he joked.
The director said that scriptwriter pair Himanshu Sharma and Kanika Dillon wrote the script with Kumar in mind.
Dillon said that they wrote the film with a lot of heart and honesty, to which Sharma added that the film allowed him to connect with his childhood.
Khatib, Kaur, Khanna and Srikanth said they were happy to be part of Rakshabandhan and making the film was a fun experience.
Himesh Reshammiya wrote the soundtrack for the film, which included songs by Irshad Kamil.
Raksha Bandhan is Color Yellow Productions in association with Cape Of Good Films.