June 12 : As unlocking in Maharashtra started from June 7, film and TV shootings have been allowed to resume under strict Covid-19 protocols. While shooting activities will be conducted in a bio bubble, a bunch of films are likely to resume shoot amidst the pandemic situation. Filmmaker Aanand L Rai is also set to kickstart his upcoming film Raksha Bandhan starring Akshay Kumar. The film will be one of the firsts to start shooting in Mumbai.
While in August 2020, on the occasion of the Raksha Bandhan festival, Akshay Kumar had announced his forthcoming film Raksha Bandhan along with a poster featuring himself, reportedly, Bhumi Pednekar has joined the cast recently. Directed by Aanand L Rai, the film is slated to release in November 2021, but owning to the coronavirus pandemic, the filming of the movie couldn’t start. Now it is reported that the film will go on floors on June 15. Aanand L Rai has confirmed this in a recent interview.
The directer also revealed that they will shoot the film in a bio bubble, and the crew will stay in a hotel throughout the shoot. However, the actors will go back home.
On June 9, Akshay Kumar took to his Instagram handle and welcomed Bhumi on board with a sweet post. "When you are happy, it shows. And indeed we are...to have @bhumipednekar onboard #RakshaBandhan," the Sooryavanshi actor wrote. Last year while announcing the film on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, the actor wrote. "A story that touches your heart so deeply...It's the quickest I've signed a film in my career.” Raksha Bandhan is an emotional drama, wherein Akshay plays the role of a caring elder brother to three sisters.
Bhumi had earlier collaborated with Akshay in the hit film Toilet-Ek Prem Katha. She also played the lead in Akshay Kumar’s production film Durgamati.
A Zee Studios Presentation in association with Alka Hiranandani and Aanand L Rai, Raksha Bandhan is a Colour Yellow Production in association with Cape of Good Films. It is written by Himanshu Sharma.
Akshay has recently wrapped up Aanand L Rai’s film Atrangi Re with Sara Ali Khan and Dhanush. Besides, Akshay has Bell Bottom, Prithviraj, and Ram Setu in the pipeline.