Director Aanand L Rai shared his views on people criticizing his film Raksha Bandhan and calling it regressive. Starring Akshay Kumar, the film tells the story of a brother and his four sisters who promise to marry his sisters before he can tie the knot with his childhood sweetheart. The film has been called problematic because there are multiple words to describe women and just everything in their lives comes down to getting married. (Read also: Raksha Bandhan’s Sadia Khateeb Responds To People Calling Film Regressive For Calling Women ‘Double Decker’)
While Akshay Kumar plays the role of the brother, Lala Kedarnath, Bhumi Pednekar is seen as his girlfriend. Actors Sadia Khateeb, Deepika Khanna, Smrithi Srikanth and Sahejmeen Kaur star in Akshay’s four sisters Raksha Bandhan. The film highlights the horrors of the dowry system in India.
After Sadia Khateeb came out in support of the film, now Aanand L Rai reacted to people calling Raksha Bandhan problematic. In an interview with News18, he said: “You can’t ignore this. I know, we should be very progressive, we are in many ways. But there are many things that need to be arranged and you cannot close your eyes. If you don’t talk about it, you won’t get a solution. As a maker, I can’t write articles, make documentaries. My only way to express myself is through movies. So if you feel there’s something regressive about this, it means there’s time to correct our society.”
“I can say we are the best in the world, but are we? We do our best. This thing of us (the actors and filmmaker) coming together and telling you a story like Raksha Bandhan where you feel there’s something regressive, that means our intention was to focus on that. Let’s not ignore it, let’s tackle it. So next time I make a movie, you won’t find that kind of regression,” the director added. The film was released on Friday. Despite opening on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, it only collected 8.2 crores. It fell further until about 6 crore the next day, and so far Akshay Kumara‘s lowest opening film in the past decade, according to film trading analysts.
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