He’s got a slate of films on hand for 2021, some he’s working on, others he has to begin, but that has not stopped Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar from grabbing a good script when he sees one and announcing a film! And that’s what he just did this morning when he announced Raksha Bandhan by Aanand L Rai that will go on the floors next year and release on November 5. This is the first big Bollywood film that is slated for release on Diwali in 2021.
The timing of the announcement is significant because the actor chose to announce the film on the festive occasion it is named after. Touchingly, Akshay dedicated Raksha Bandhan to his sister Alka Hiranandani whom he dotes on. The poster shows him hugging not one, but four sisters. PeepingMoon.com, which broke the story this morning, has learned that Akshay has no actresses yet in mind to form the cast of this happy family drama.
A story that touches your heart so deeply & so instantly,it’s the quickest I’ve signed a film in my career.Dedicating this film,#RakshaBandhan to my sister,Alka & to the most special bond in the world...that of a brother and sister.Thank you @aanandlrai,this one is very special pic.twitter.com/3h4wxPltC1
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) August 3, 2020
Excited about the project, Aanand said in an official statement, "Akshay is such a talented actor and I'm really excited to collaborate with him once again for Rakshabandhan. The film is a special tale that celebrates relationships in the most beautiful way."
Looking forward to working with the filmmaker once again, Akshay said, "Hardly ever in life does one come across a story that touches your heart so deeply and so instantly! It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. And it will make us realise how blessed are those who have sisters. It makes me happiest that my sister Alka is presenting and producing this film along with ace director Aanand L Rai. Can’t thank him enough for bringing me one of the most special films of my life.”
Bollywood has not fully come to terms with the New Normal post Covid, and is tentatively planning to return to filmmaking, but Akshay is going strongly ahead and firing from all cylinders. On Thursday, he leads Jackky Bhagnani’s team to Scotland for the shoot of the espionage thriller Bell Bottom. Next year Akshay has Prithviraj, Atrangi Re and Bachchan Pandey also to look forward to. And in 2020, his next release will be Laxmmi Bomb soon and Sooryavanshi for Diwali.