Aanand L Rai Defends 'Raksha Bandhan' After Film Is Called Regressive: Our Intention Was Just To Take The Focus There

Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar-starrer Raksha Bandhan left fans unimpressed at the box office. The makers received a lot of flak for the storyline claiming that it is sexist and did not sit well with today’s generation. The film directed by Aanand L Rai, follows Lala Kedarnath ( played by Akshay Kumar), the eldest and only brother of four sisters. Working as a halwai, he is trying to fulfill the promise he made to his mother on her deathbed, to make sure all his sisters are married into suitable homes first before he thinks of himself.

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The trailer had also raised red flags for sexist dialogues, body shaming one of the characters, and for regressive ideas like dowry as the main plot. However, after the film release, it only confirmed the doubts fans had after watching the trailer. The film has been called out for being outdated.

Aanand L Rai opened up about the reaction the film in an interview and said, “I know, we should be very progressive, we are in many ways. But there are many things that need to be taken care of and you can’t shut your eyes off. Not talking about it will not give you a solution.”

Rai further explained to News18 that the film’s purpose for to remind the audience that if they feel Raksha Bandhan is regressive it was their intention to make the audience this is the time to correct our society. He said, “I can say we are the best in the world, but are we? We are trying our best. This thing of us (the actors and filmmaker) coming together and telling you a story like Raksha Bandhan where you feel there is something regressive, that means our intention was just to take the focus there. Let’s not ignore it, let’s deal with it. So next time when I make a film, you’ll not find that kind of regression.”

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The film’s box office also took a hit. Raksha Bandhan opened to a collection of Rs 8 crore followed by Rs 6.75 crores on day 2 and 7.25 crores on day 3. According to reports, several shows of the film were reduced due to low footfalls in theatres.


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