Post Atrangi Re, Aanand L Rai is again collaborating with Akshay Kumar for his upcoming family drama RakshaBandhan. It’s a very tricky combination as Aanand L Rai’s last ambitious film in cinemas Zero tanked at box office post which superstar Shah Rukh Khan had fixed hiatus.
Himanshu Sharma was the brain and heart behind Aanand L Rai’s hits like Tanu Weds Manu, it’s sequel & Raanjhana but after Zero and Atrangi Re, he is collaborating with his wife Kanika Dhillon on this film for the first time.
Akshay Kumar is also going through tough times after super flop status of Bachchhan Paandey and Samrat Prithviraj. Akshay Kumar hasn’t fared well in the Samrat Prithviraj afterlife. A number of critics have criticised the movie’s major actors, Manushi Chhillar and Akshay Kumar. The film received mixed reviews and the film was a box office failure.
Aanand L Rai always got blockbuster music from A R Rahman in Raanjhana and Atrangi Re which also starred Dhanush and Sara Ali Khan in lead roles, but he is also chose Himesh Reshammiya for this film (RakshaBandhan) which again shows lack of confidence.
Overall, this a make and break for director Anand L Rai as Akshay Kumar has some handful films to redeem him in future.
Written by Himanshu Sharma and Kanika Dhillon, the Aanand L Rai directorial RakshaBandhan has been co-produced by Aanand L Rai, Alka Hiranandanai and ZEE Studios. Presented by Colour Yellow, ZEE Studios and Cape of Good Films, the film is set to hit screens on 11th August 2022.