Aanand L Rai told Akshay Kumar about Raksha Bandhan on the set of Atrangi Re, and the actor said yes right away, knocked over by the fundamental feeling of the relationship shared by brothers and sisters in a tiny village in India. When it comes to his second collaboration with the Khiladi, Aanand L Rai says, “For me, it’s all about the journey. Raksha Bandhan is not an easy film to make. It’s just so basic that one has to unlearn a lot of things.” He further adds, “I had to be very honest while making a film like Raksha Bandhan. As a director, or let’s say, as a person, I put all that I learnt from life in this film.”
Aanand L Rai describes Raksha Bandhan as a simple film of emotions. “Both the films are so challenging – one on it’s complications and other one on its basics. It’s difficult to stick to basics when the world is thriving to excel in different spaces. It was like a detox, a cleansing process,” he admits.
“Raksha Bandhan is a theatrical film and there are no changes in the plans. Even Atrangi Re was meant for the theaters. But from now onwards, we will be very precise on the films that we want in theaters and the ones that we want on OTT,” the director says when asked if pandemic will affect the release plans of the film.