Film lovers are spoiled for choice this long weekend with two of Bollywood’s biggest stars facing each other at the box office. Akshay Kumar’s Raksha Bandhan will release tomorrow on the actual holiday of Raksha Bandhan, and it will be competing for the audience with another big film – Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha. Speaking to NDTV, Akshay was hopeful that there would be space for both the films. “It’s a big week and we have about three to four holidays. Me and Aamir pray that both the films go on,” he said. The holiday weekend starts with Raksha Bandhan tomorrow and ends with Independence Day on Monday 15th August.
At first glance, the two films couldn’t be more different – Raksha Bandhan stars Akshay Kumar as the troubled brother of four sisters, for whom he must arrange marriages before marrying himself; Laal Singh Chaddha is a remake of Tom Hanks’ Oscar-winning hit Forrest Gump. Akshay co-stars with four new talents, who play their sisters with Bhumi Pednekar as his love interest. Laal Singh Chaddha not only stars Aamir Khan but also Naga Chaitanya along with Kareena Kapoor in a pivotal role.
However, both films share a similar theme – an emotional core overshadowed by a comic patina.
Box office clash never happens Laal Singh Chaddha would have released as per its original schedule. The VFX-heavy film has been rescheduled several times; Its previous release date would have seen it competing with Yash’s KGF: Chapter 2, which broke box office records.
Whether Raksha Bandhan or Laal Singh Chaddha will set the box office on fire, remains to be seen – both the films have received intense social media backlash, with comments made by Aamir Khan in 2015 and trolls calling for a boycott based on Raksha Bandhan’s tweets. faced the end. Recently posted by writer Kanika Dhillon.
“There is no point in doing this,” Akshay Kumar told NDTV about the boycott call, “we are hurting our economy… some people are saying, ok good luck.”
Raksha Bandhan, directed by Aanand L Rai, co-stars Saadia Khatib, Sahajmin Kaur, Smriti Shrikant and Deepika Khanna as Akshay Kumar’s screen sisters.