Fans may celebrate after a long wait to see Sara Ali Khan, Dhanush, and Akshay Kumar in Atrangi Re, which is due to debut next month. Now we recently got to know that filmmaker Aanand L Rai though had a bit of a lucky streak with the titles of his two new films.
In a conversation with ETimes, the director-producer revealed, “I moved from one of my most complicated films, ‘Atrangi Re’ to the simplest story of the bond between a brother and sister, ‘Raksha Bandhan’. But there’s an interesting story about the time when I went to the film association to get both the titles. I did not get ‘Atrangi Re’ but when I asked for the title of ‘Raksha Bandhan’, forget having attempted a story on the subject, nobody had even registered the title.”
This is an unusual event in Bollywood, where it’s common to register catchy film titles and then create a tale around them. The story of obtaining the rights to the title ‘Atrangi Re’ is also fascinating. Rai recalled, “Salman Bhai had the title registered to his production house but he gave it to me on one condition. He told his associates to give the title rights only if I direct the film, otherwise they wouldn’t have let it go.”
That’s how Aanand L Rai obtained Salman Khan’s ‘Atrangi Re’ title.
In the meantime, Atrangi Re was set to hit theatres. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the makers decided to go big, and the Sara, Dhanush, and Akshay blockbuster will now be released on Disney+Hotstar on December 24, 2021. The film’s trailer depicted Rinku’s life after he is forcibly wedded to Vishu (Dhanush). Atrangi Re tells the account of what happens next in her life. The film is one of the most anticipated films of 2021, directed by Aanand L Rai and produced by him and Bhushan Kumar.