"this isn’t the first time they’ve copied Nabeel’s work.”
Akshay Kumar’s Raksha Bandhan has come under fire for allegedly copying the Lollywood film Load Wedding.
The trailer was released and it tells the story of a businessman (Akshay Kumar) who desperately searches for suitable grooms for his four sisters whilst fighting dowry.
At the same time, he puts off his own wedding.
Raksha Bandhan is directed by Aanand L Rai and also stars Bhumi Pednekar.
Produced by Zee Studios, Aanand L Rai and Alka Hiranandani, the film is set to release on August 11, 2022.
However, some eagle-eyed viewers are not happy with the film, accusing the makers of copying the Lollywood film Load Wedding, directed by Nabeel Qureshi.
The Pakistani film was released in 2018 and starred Fahad Mustafa and Mehwish Hayat.
The film was praised for its storyline and went on to be hailed by viewers when it was released on television.
Netizens pointed out the eerily similar storylines.
In Load Wedding, a man searches for a husband for his sister while also fighting against dowry. This is seen in Raksha Bandhan, except the protagonist has four sisters instead of one.
Social media users have even stated that the small-town setting in Raksha Bandhan is heavily inspired by Load Wedding.
Journalist Mahwash Ajaz tweeted:
“Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film seems to have ‘borrowed’ heavily from Nabeel Qureshi’s Load Wedding.
“Imitation is flattery? Because this isn’t the first time they’ve copied Nabeel’s work.”
Revealing that Nabeel’s work has been copied before, she added:
“Previously Nabeel’s film Actor In Law’s famous ‘electricity case’ was taken and plastered in Batti Gul Meter Chalu.”
Soon, social media users also expressed their dismay over Bollywood’s alleged copying.
One person said: “They must really be desperate for a story. I think there are no Hollywood films left for them to copy, so now they are copying Pakistani movies.”
Pointing out that Raksha Bandhan increased the number of sisters to four, another said:
“Baby baji has divided into four sisters. Hilarious.”
A third commented: “Bollywood – legend of copying movies.”
One person urged Nabeel Qureshi to take legal action against Raksha Bandhan‘s makers, writing:
“Why is it so hard to file plagiarism?
“Nabeel Qureshi, they stole your concept and story so why not sue the rats.”
The Pakistani filmmaker later responded to the claims and believing that his film was copied, he aimed a jibe at Bollywood.
Making a reference to different iPhone models, Nabeel said:
“It means Load Wedding reloaded. Load Wedding Pro Max or Load Wedding show brother – I am a little more expensive.”