Director: Anand L. Rai
Genre: Hindi, Comedy, Drama
Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
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If someone tells you that there is a Panipuri shop in the Chandni Chowk of a metropolis like Delhi in the age of 2022 Internet, where pregnant women throng every day just because eating Panipuri there will give birth to a son at home, would you believe it? Maybe not, yes, if it was a village story, you would have believed it, but Bollywood’s Mr. In Khiladi Akshay Kumar’s film ‘Rakshabandhan’, this is happening in Kamal Chandni Chowk. Here the film’s hero Lala Kedarnath aka Akshay Kumar feeds women in his ancestral Panipuri shop according to their months of pregnancy, a woman in her ninth month, a woman in her eighth month after that. Women also happily eat Panipuri with the hope that a son will be born in her house. In such a large market no one even raises objections against this strange practice. Everything is going well.
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But in fact the trouble is in Lala’s house. He has four sisters, all four are quite different from each other like the four directions. At the time of Ma’s last breath, Lala had promised her that she would get married only after getting all four sisters married, but the disease called dowry, which spread like an epidemic in the society, hindered her promise. On the other hand, Sapna aka Bhumi Pednekar, who has loved Lala since childhood, has been hoping to become her bride for many years. So, Sapna and her father keep pressuring Lala to get married soon. It will fill your heart to see what the struggling Lala Kedarnath tries and loses to collect money for the dowries of his four sisters.
how is the movie
In this sense, written by Himanshu Sharma and Kanika Dhillon and Anand L. The story directed by Rai has a noble purpose. The film strongly raises the issue of dowry, a practice that still exists in Indian society today. But the screenplay and treatment of the film make this big issue soft. In the rush to make it light and fun, certain things have been overdosed. The film is loud and melodramatic. Most of the actors in a film on the subject of dowry seem insensitive. Lala herself initially favors dowry. Shames his own sisters by commenting on their weight and color. Her three sisters are ready to kill each other for samosas. Sapna’s father taunts Lala on the occasion of her sister’s farewell and at one point it seems like, what kind of person is this.
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Acting by Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar
It was expected that, in the second part, all these thinking will get a big blow and the thinking of the characters will change drastically. To an extent it does, but not effectively. The film has a heavy dose of comedy and action, which seems too much at some places. In terms of acting, Akshay Kumar looks similar to his last films. Bhumi Pednekar impresses in some scenes, while Sadia Khatim on the other hand looks beautiful and intelligent. The song sounds loud too. However, this family film is a once-in-a-lifetime look at the festival, showing the brother-sister relationship and raising a voice against practices like dowry.
Why watch the movie?
The film gives a good social message by questioning the evil practice like dowry.