Director Nabeel Qureshi is currently fully engaged in promoting his upcoming film, Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad. But amidst it all, he came across Bollywood’s Akshay Kumar’s latest offering, Raksha Bandhan, and was quick to notice how eerily similar it looks to one of his movies. Qureshi and Fizza Ali Meerza’s film Load Wedding was released in 2018 and several viewers pointed out how the two films carry the same undertones.
Raksha Bandhan stars Bhumi Padnekar alongside Kumar, and the trailer shows how the two leads wish to marry each other, but can’t seem to, as Kumar’s sisters are still unmarried. Similary, Load Wedding revolved around Fahad Mustafa’s character Raja, who wanted to marry his childhood sweetheart, played by Mehwish Hayat. However, his mother insists on no wedding bells for Raja until his sister gets married first.
Taking to Twitter, Qureshi retweeted a tweet with a jab of his own. “Load wedding Pro Max ??? Ya load wedding dikhana bhai – thora aur expensive main,” he wrote.
Load wedding Pro Max ??? Ya load wedding dikhana bhai – thora aur expensive main. https://t.co/CTQl7U44iX
— Nabeel Qureshi (@nabeelqureshi) June 21, 2022
Other netizens also agreed how Bollywood has copied the film’s plot with just minor tweaks.
Our very own @nabeelqureshi – @fizza999 get copied in Bollywood again! #AkshayKumar replaces @fahadmustafa26, @faizahasann‘s Baby Baji is divided into 4 sisters while #BhumiPednekar is being @MehwishHayat. Last time it was Shahid Kapur’s Batti Gul Meter Chalu, now #RakshaBandhan! https://t.co/5jYsjsxUyx
— Omair Alavi عمیر علوی (@omair78) June 21, 2022
While some hinted how imitation to this level cannot be considered flattery.
Imitation is flattery? Because this isn’t the first time they’ve copied Nabeel’s work. pic.twitter.com/nwNCgHvjX0
— Mahwash Ajaz 🇵🇰 (@mahwashajaz_) June 21, 2022
So it seem our eastern neighbor is not done copying our content. This #RakshaBandhanTrailer story is stolen from Pakistani film #LoadWedding. Neighbors please come up with something original if you ever can. #fahadmustafa #AkshayKumar #BhumiPednekar #MehwishHayat #UddhavThackeray
— Zarwan Ali (@ali_zarwan) June 22, 2022
What do you think of Kumar’s new film being heavily inspired by Load Wedding? Check out Raksha Bandhan’s trailer below and let us know what you think!