Raksha Bandhan Movie Review: A touching bond of brotherhood that turns into social commentary

Raksha Bandhan Story: The responsibility of marrying four sisters rests on the shoulders of the eldest and only brother, Lala Kedarnath. What follows is his constant efforts to ensure that his sisters get married before his childhood sweetheart Sapna gets married. Can he keep his promise or does fate have other plans?
Raksha Bandhan Synopsis: The movie starts briskly in Chandni Chowk area where Lala Kedarnath (Akshay Kumar) owns a pushtaini kol gappa (panipuri) shop. It is especially popular among pregnant women who are convinced that they are about to give birth by ripping the bags from the store. In his personal life too, he is surrounded by four sisters – wise and responsible Gayatri (Sadia Hateeb), cunning Durga (Deepika Khanna), dark Lakmi (Smrithi Srikanth) and flamboyant Saraswati (Sahejmeen Kaur). of course, his girlfriend Sapna (Bhumi Pednekar).

On her deathbed, Lala promised her mother that she would tie the knot after fulfilling the responsibility of getting her sisters married in a suitable home. Despite the best efforts and careful screening of available men, she could not marry one of her sisters. Meanwhile, Lala’s devotion to her siblings gets in the way of her romantic life with Sapna.
“Atrangi Re!” After this, director Aanand L Rai and writer Himanshu Sharma collaborated again. Kanika Dhillon co-wrote this simple and relatable family tale. Rai created a world that reflects the love and support of each other’s siblings. The first half is numb because of the humor and the bonding of Lala’s sisters, but the second half becomes more social commentary and becomes even more terrifying. As a result, the story becomes repetitive and tiring towards the end, which makes you wonder where you are going. The writing can be stronger, shorter and more effective.
Although the songs (by Himesh Reshammiya) are easy to forget, the story never stops. As with most of his stories, Rai compensates with a dramatic ending and unpredictable effects. It also invests in its characters and allows each of them to shine. The problem here is that the plot seems to be very confusing and sometimes filled with contradictions that do not fit the story. They try to use humor through storytelling, but this is often misplaced.
Akshay effectively conveys many emotions of his character Lala at various points in the film. Whether he is playing a fragile brother or a loyal lover, the actor is versatile. Bhumi Pednekar who performed Sapna with confidence. But her on-screen chemistry with Akshay Kumar in her previous appearance was good.
The four sisters – debutants Sahejmeen Kaur and Smrithi Srikanth, as well as Deepika Khanna, Sadia Hateeb provide excellent support and consistently deliver good comedy. Seema Pahwa is impressive in her limited role as an actress.
Raksha Bandhan portrays the story of small town people in India and entertains in this endeavor, especially in the first half. However, the story of sibling rivalry soon turns into a social commentary on girlhood that takes over the bulk of the 110-minute film. This highly emotional drama fails to touch you, but it has the potential to be a more entertaining watch.

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