Bollywood – Akira Movie Review
Director: AR Murugadoss
Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Anurag Kashyap, Konkona Sen Sharma, Amit Sadh, Atul Kulkarni
Akira Ratings: (3/5)
Directed by AR Murugadoss, “Akira” is a Hindi remake of the Tamil hit “Mouna Guru.” Sonakshi plays the character of a small town girl, who holds the bad name of spending three years in juvenile jail for giving a tit-for-tat lesson to a goon during her childhood.
Akira (Sonakshi Sinha) is a simple girl who stays in Jodhpur with her nuclear family. Her life changes when a local vagabond throws acid on the face of her fellow college goer. Affected by this incident, her father helps her in learning the art of self-defence by enrolling her in a martial arts school. Meanwhile, Akira turns rebellious and decides to take revenge from the gang of trouble makers. Unfortunately, the law finds her guilty for her act and sends her to a children remand cell for three years.
On the other hand, Govind Rane (Anurag Kashyap), is a corrupt ACP who is a chain smoker and a pervert. He rules the hidden rotten system with his three disciples. Incidentally, these four police officers come across an accident on their duty which changes their lives forever. Akira and Govind are dealing with their own mess but what leads them two to cross paths is the entire mystery. Rabiya Sultan (Konkona Sen Sharma), SP, Crime Branch, is appointed to solve that mystery. This is what director A R Murgadoss has narrated in his 2 hours 20 minutes thriller.
Akira Review: Star Performance
Sonakshi is seen doing some high-octane action sequences in the film and surprisingly again, she pulls off the intense role quite well. The actress, who had mostly been seen dancing around the male protagonists till date, will impress fans with her rather “Dabangg” avatar.
However, it is Anurag who steals the limelight with his wicked laughter and crazy antics in the movie.
The film also features Konkona Sen as an honest police officer and as expected, she does full justice to her role.
A noteworthy performance from the other cast is that of Lokesh Vijay Gupte, who brilliantly portrays the corrupt cop in ACP Rane’s gang.
Akira Review: Script Analysis, Direction, Music
Known for making content driven films like ‘Ghajini’ and ‘Holiday’, ‘Akira’ is surely an addition to the midas touch of A R Murgadoss. He worked really hard on the screenplay of the film along with Santha Kumar which is applaudable. He makes sure that the film doesn’t bore the audience at any single point. Story by Santha Kumar is engaging that makes Akira an out and out edge-of-the-seat thriller. The best part of the film is that it is probably one of the few films that isn’t bound to a male protagonist. One must say, films like ‘Kahaani’ and ‘Queen’ have opened doors for female centric films in Bollywood. Though the movie is a Hindi remake of a Tamil flick ‘Mouna Guru’, ‘Akira’ stands out in several aspects.
Although the music is composed by Vishal-Shekhar, no songs are featured in the movie. For me, a no song film is always a preference. ‘Akira’ doesn’t have scope for any music because of its intriguing plot which keeps the viewer completely hooked. R. D. Rajasekhar has beautifully captured Mumbai throughout the film. The film is pacy, all thanks to the narrative but A Sreekar Prasad, which should be applauded for his crisp editing skills.
The film will surely remind you of Aamir Khan’s Ghajini but thanks to Akira’s gripping plot which is so absorbing that one doesn’t have enough time to ponder upon the comparison. There are few scenes that look unreal; the one where a fellow mate helps Sonakshi to escape from the mental asylum, which is slightly dreamlike.
Akira is a great effort by director A R Murgadoss. Watch it for its layered mystery and Sonakshi Sinha’s finest performance by far!