INDIA: Anand L. Rai presents us with an emotional element on the auspicious festival of Raksha Bandhan wrapped in the lighthearted fun genre. The storyline has a social component delivering a strong message on the issues of dowry that summarises the movie’s concept.
Anand L. Rai helmed the family comedy-drama film, while Himanshu Sharma and Kanika Dhillon penned the story. Zee Studios, Cape of Good Hopes, and Colour Yellow Productions produced the family entertainer film.
Raksha Bandhan’s ensemble cast includes Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar, Sadia Khateeb, Sahejmeen Kaur, Smrithi Srikanth, and Deepika Khanna.
Strong performances with a comic touch forms Raksha Bandhan’s basis
Every star’s performance stands out as a strong part of the film, speaking to every facet of numerous circumstances that the tale tends to portray. Akshay Kumar portrays every emotion of a brother who appears as an uplifting factor, and his comedic timings provide the formula for chuckles in the family entertainer.
Bhumi Pednekar also delivers an exquisite performance with her expressiveness and emotions. Sadia Khateeb, Sahejmeen Kaur, Smrithi Srikanth, and Deepika Khanna all excel in their roles, which speak the emotions and serve as the cornerstone of the plot.
The humour is strongest in the movie’s first half and is largely situational, which fits perfectly with the storyline. Additionally, the film’s atmosphere and cinematography mesh beautifully. Onscreen, Chandni Chowk in Delhi appears to be accurately portrayed. The intricate designs and features of the nearby stores were just as impressive technically.
The sibling bond is the feature’s hallmark and excels at every level. Without losing its attractiveness, the story keeps its fundamental concept while delivering a social message that encompasses each element. The plot is clean and simple, unfolding perfectly in less than two hours. Himesh Reshammiya and Ishaan Chhabra’s music also adds depth at certain points. The BGM is prominent in the emotional scenes that match up to the theme.
What could have been better?
In contrast to the first half, the second half maintains a sombre and emotional tone with a twist. However, the execution of the moments may have been improved. The time jump at the finale and the full narration segment reduce the dimension of the film.
The humorous jabs sometimes work, but in others, they appear forced and rushed. The plot gets predictable at parts since the entire storyline is revealed in the trailer, as is typical of every Bollywood film. Except for the climactic twist, every scene’s conclusion is predictable.
Raksha Bandhan retains its allure while presenting a social message wrapped in a lighthearted comic manner. The family entertainer is a must-watch for the masses, especially those with siblings.
Transcontinental Times rating: 3/5