From different stands of chaats, chole bhature in traditional dress and rakhi, the capital’s Delite cinema has been completely decorated to give the impression of walking through the alleys of Chandni Chowk. Fans had gathered and eagerly awaited to welcome the cast of the film Aanand L Rai Raksha Bandhanincluding Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar, Sahejmeen Kaur, Deepika Khanna, Smrithi Srikanth and Sadia Khateeb in addition to the director himself. Akshay Kumar talks about Raksha Bandhan’s box office clash with Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha, says ‘I hope both films will have a good run’.
Akshay and the whole team of Raksha Bandhan have arrived to launch the trailer for their upcoming film. Usually, the trailer launch does not take place in Delhi, but as the film is set entirely in Chandni Chowk, the makers preferred to do it in the capital. The film’s story centers on a caring brother, played by Akshay, who isn’t ready to settle down until his four sisters are married.
While there, Akshay was seen getting clicked with his on-screen sisters: Sahejmeen Kaur, Deepika Khanna, Smrithi Srikanth and Sadia Khateeb. In the movie, there is a scene where he takes his four sisters for a ride on a scooter. This scooter was also kept there and he posed with them while sitting on it. The Raksha Bandhan trailer is out! Twitterati Hails Akshay Kumar’s Role In Family Artist With Bhumi Pednekar.
It was indeed a nostalgic moment for Akshay as he had done all the filming for the film in his hometown. While greeting his fans and exchanging funny jokes with them, he recalled his childhood and the different stores where he used to enjoy his favorite food and how he used to watch movies in Delite even by buying movie tickets in black.
Akshay said, “I watched a number of movies at Delite even though it meant buying the tickets in black. In fact, there were also other cinemas like Moti Cinema many of which are closed.”
He added: “I never felt like I was shooting for a movie. It was more of a homecoming for me and so the movie is very close to my heart. I just remember what we ate while filming the movie. It was like we were having a picnic with Aanand L Rai.”
Leaving everyone stunned by her beauty, Bhumi draped in a red saree, also made a dramatic entrance on stage while delivering dialogue from the film: ‘Apni behenon ke aage mujhe fir se bhool gaya na tu‘(you forgot me again in front of your sisters).
As the film is about sibling relationships, Akshay recalled his bond with his sister Alka Bhatia and how they rarely argued.
Bhumi added that she and her sister Samiksha Pednekar used to fight for every little thing. “We used to fight and argue over everything, but we were inseparable. We just can’t get enough of each other. Like the bond of four sisters in the movie, I share a similar relationship with my sister. We share everything.” Akshay also shared that his mum’s (uncle’s) home is in Chandni Chowk where he sometimes visits and savors the delights of Old Delhi.
Calling it “amazing”, Sahejmeen, Deepika, Smrithi and Sadia described their filming experience with Akshay and Bhumi as fun. Deepika, who starred in Gandi Baat, Yeah crazy Dil, Patiala Babes and who is your daddy recalled, “I had a wonderful time on set and amazing food.”
The entire cast cracked jokes with fans and the media during the trailer launch. Raksha Bandhan is directed by Aanand L. Rai and produced by Color Yellow Productions, Zee Studios, Alka Hiranandani in association with Cape Of Good Films. It is set to hit theaters on August 11.
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