Raksha Bandhan Review: One of the most awaited movies of the year is out. Raksha Bandhan might have been in the news for the wrong reasons, but the hype for the movie was real. And there were various reasons for that.
First of all, fans were excited to see Akshay Kumar back in the signature role that he became famous for. And he is in fine form here, controlling the movie from all fronts. But, sadly, even he could not save the movie from disaster.
Raksha Bandhan fails to reel in the interest in so many ways. The over-regressive characters, the mediocre music from which I had so many expectations, and the chaotic storyline where the social message felt like a vapid commentary.
Raksha Bandhan could have been such a great movie, but it had many flaws. Here are us telling you about the good and bad aspects of the movie, so you can decide whether to watch Raksha Bandhan in theaters or not.
Raksha Bandhan Review: What Worked For The Movie?
If you are a classic old Akshay Kumar fan, you are in for a treat. After so long, he has given his all in a role that is beautiful. Akshay Kumar, in the middle of chaos where he is the sole focus of comedy, once again delivers magic.
You will remember the Akshay Kumar of Khatta Meetha, and was that not wonderful? His character might have been wrong, but he was always able to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Sadia Khateeb has been a standout for me since her debut in Shikara. The artist never got the appreciation she deserves, and it is due time that she gets that now. She was once again excellent and gave her all for this role.
She has made the most of her opportunities, and it is time she gets more projects. Whenever she was on screen with Akshay Kumar, those were the movie’s best moments by a country mile.
Raksha BandhanReview: What Did Not Worked For The Movie?
I had high expectations from the music album from the movie. But apart from “Tere Saath Hoon Main,” there is no good song in the movie. The other songs made for some of the most uncomfortable songs I have watched.
Maybe, it is true that Himesh Reshammiya is out of his depth now, and it is time to rest.
The regressiveness in the script is baffling. There are so many sexist jokes that it will make you scratch your head. And it did not stop there. The body-shaming jokes are on a different level altogether.
We realized that this was the way of writing a script and giving character development to the main character, but there should have been a line with the jokes.
I think the romantic angle between Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pedenekar is a distraction from the main storyline. There is nothing in that, and it fell flat on its face. First of all, there was no chemistry between the couple.
And second of all, there was no writing for the couple. They were there just for the sake of it.
There are so many emotional moments in the movie, but you won’t get attached to the movie. And there is a significant reason for that. The movie’s runtime is only 2 hours, and because of that there are so many fast scenes that won’t let you feel the impact.
The elder sister’s marriage should have been emotional, but it all happened so fast that you will question more rather than feel for the family. And that is another major issue with the movie.
Raksha Bandhan Review: Is It Worth It?
To be honest, you can skip this movie, and you won’t miss a thing. There are so many negatives that weigh down the few positives. But the few positives are pretty decent. Akshay Kumar is in fine form after so long.
Sadia Khateeb delivers a fantastic performance that should be talked about more. And there are some pretty good comedy moments. But considering everything, you can wait for Raksha Bandhan to be dropped on OTT and then watch it.