Aanand L Rai’s ‘Raksha Bandhan’, with Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar, is an anti-dowry drama that’s more fascinating in theory than on the big screen

Posted on August 11, 2022

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So why don’t all these interesting creative choices lead to a consistently interesting movie? Because the characters are given no space to establish themselves.

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You know that PSA where a man named Nandu is smoking outside a hospital and Akshay Kumar comes by on a cycle? Nandu’s wife has “auraton wali beemari“, a menstrual complication. And Akshay says that if he spent the cigarette money on sanitary pads, it’s two benefits for the price of one: Nandu will save his lungs and his wife will not have to come to the hospital anymore. Aanand L Rai’s Raksha Bandhan is like a feature-length version of that PSA – and I don’t mean this as an insult. Message movies are their own little subgenre, and if this film were a placard, it would have the words, “Beti padhao, dahej hatao.” It’s two benefits for the price of one: Educate the girl child and also abolish dowry.

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