Commenting on the field workplace face-off of his movie “Raksha Bandhan” with Aamir Khan‘s “Laal Singh Chadha”, Akshay Kumar on Tuesday mentioned it was “not a conflict”, however two good films coming collectively. Each “Raksha Bandhan” and “Laal Singh Chadha”, additionally starring Kareena Kapoor Khan, are set to be launched theatrically on August 11.
Kumar mentioned two movies releasing in the identical week is “pure” as there are a lot of films able to hit the screens on account of delays attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is a massive day. The movie is releasing across the holidays, (the pageant of) Raksha Bandhan can be round. As a consequence of COVID-19, there are a number of movies which might be ready to be launched. Since there are such a lot of movies, it is solely pure that two movies are releasing in a single week. It isn’t a conflict, we’re coming collectively, attempting to carry our movies to the folks. I hope each the movies have a great run,” the actor instructed reporters.
Kumar was talking on the trailer launch of “Raksha Bandhan” on the metropolis’s iconic single-screen theatre Delite Cinema. Directed by Aanand L Rai, the movie follows Raju (Kumar), a sweetshop proprietor who’s struggling to get his 4 youthful sisters married.
The film options Sadia Khateeb, Sahejmeen Kaur, Deepika Khanna and Smrithi Srikanth within the function of Kumar’s on-screen sisters. Describing “Raksha Bandhan” as a movie that gives an answer to dowry, Kumar mentioned it’s a acutely aware effort on his half to inform tales that not solely tackle an issue but additionally current a approach out of it.
“Like, I did ‘Bathroom: Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Padman’. Equally, on this movie we’re not solely speaking about dowry but additionally providing an answer to the nation and the world,” he mentioned.
“With each movie I wish to deconstruct myself. I wish to break my picture after which do one thing else. My standards has all the time been to problem myself. After I joined the business, I used to solely do motion. It took me a very long time to interrupt out of it (picture),” he added.
Additionally starring Bhumi Pednekar as the feminine lead reverse Kumar, the movie was extensively shot in Chandni Chowk, New Delhi. Pednekar, who reunites with Kumar publish “Bathroom: Ek Prem Katha”, mentioned “Raksha Bandhan” is an ode to the “pure” bond shared by siblings.
“My sister and I can not think about our lives with out one another. We battle so much over issues like meals, garments or TV distant, but additionally love one another so much,” she added. Kumar, who spent his childhood rising up in Chandni Chowk, mentioned capturing the movie in Delhi was like “homecoming” for him.
“Even at this time, I typically quietly at evening go to our outdated home in Chandni Chowk to fulfill my mamaji. I keep in mind consuming paranthas from Paranthe Wali Gali and fruit cream from Giani’s.”
The actor, who together with the movie’s crew launched the trailer at Delite Cinema, mentioned he has many fond recollections of the theatre.
“I’ve watched so many movies right here. I keep in mind watching ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ right here in black,” he recalled.
Requested to touch upon Agnipath, the brand new army recruitment scheme introduced by the Central authorities, Kumar mentioned it was not an acceptable platform to debate the topic.
“Raksha Bandhan” marks the second collaboration of Kumar and Rai, following 2021’s “Atrangi Re”.
Rai mentioned the film has an vital place in his filmography, which incorporates hits like “Raanjhanaa” and the “Tanu Weds Manu” sequence.
“We had a lot enjoyable on this movie that we did not know after we completed engaged on it. Akshay sir handled me as his elder brother, regardless that he’s elder to me,” he quipped.
The filmmaker mentioned screenwriter couple Himanshu Sharma and Kanika Dhillon wrote the script with Kumar of their thoughts.
Dhillon mentioned they penned the movie with a number of coronary heart and honesty, to which Sharma added that the film allowed him to attach together with his childhood.
Khateeb, Kaur, Khanna and Srikanth mentioned they have been comfortable to be a part of “Raksha Bandhan” and dealing on the movie was a enjoyable expertise.
Himesh Reshammiya has composed the movie’s soundtrack which boasts of songs by Irshad Kamil.
“Raksha Bandhan” is a Color Yellow Productions in affiliation with Cape Of Good Movies.