Raksha Bandhan is a Hindi movie directed by Aanand L Rai and starring Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar. A Hindi family comedy-drama film about a brother and his four sisters, Raksha Bandhan was released in August this year to mixed reviews. Here are five interesting facts about the film:
1) The film was announced and released on the dates of the Raksha Bandhan festival
The film was announced by its lead actor Akshay Kumar on August 3, 2021.The date was special because it was the day the festival of Raksha Bandhan was celebrated last year. The Indian festival of Raksha Bandhan honours the special bond shared between a brother and sister. In almost a year’s time, the film had its theatrical release on August 11, 2022 to coincide with Raksha Bandhan! You can call it a unique promotional strategy. Watch or download the film on Vi Movies & TV.
2) Akshay Kumar dedicated the movie to his sister
As shooting for the film began, actor Akshay Kumar, who plays the role of Lala Kedarnath in it, notably spoke about the special relationship he shared with his sister, Alka Hiranandani. Calling her his ‘first friend’, Kumar went on to dedicate the movie in her name. Hiranandani is one of the co-producers of the film along with Aanand L Rai and writer, Himanshu Sharma. Appreciating the story of the film, Kumar stated that this film was the quickest he has said Yes to. Watch Raksha Bandhan and other Hindi drama movies starring Akshay Kumar’s on Vi app.
3) It was the first collaboration for its writer-duo
The film was written by Himanshu Sharma and Kanika Dhillon, who incidentally got married in 2021. Individually, the writer duo has an impressive filmography. Sharma has written, produced and won accolades and awards (including two National Awards) for movies such as Tanu Weds Manu series, Raanjhanaa, and Atrangi Re among others. Dhillon has authored three books and written the screenplays for Ra. One, Size Zero (a Tamil-Telugu bilingual) and Manmarziyaan. You can stream or download all the Hindi drama movies mentioned here from Vi app’s Movies & TV section.
4) Debut film for three actors who played Akshay’s on-screen sisters
Raksha Bandhan is a family comedy-drama film themed on the special bond shared by brothers and sisters. In the film, Akshay Kumar plays Lala Kedarnath, a brother to four sisters named Gayatri, Durga, Laxmi and Saraswati. The roles were essayed by actors Sadia Khateeb, Sahejmeen Kaur, Smrithi Srikanth and Deepika Khanna. While Khateeb has worked in a film before, the other three actors made their debut with Raksha Bandhan. The film’s promotional tour saw the five on-screen siblings travelling together. In a moment that went viral, Akshay Kumar was seen gifting his on-screen sisters pearl necklaces while promoting the film in Hyderabad.
5) The film was extensively shot in Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk
One of the notable aspects of the film was that it was extensively shot in Chandni Chowk, one of Delhi’s oldest neighbourhoods. Since he’d spent his childhood years growing up in the area, actor Akshay Kumar described this experience as a ‘homecoming’. Get onto your Vi app to watch this family drama movie or listen to its songs.