Akira – Not So Impressive
In Bollywood, female oriented movies have always been considered very powerful. Right from Insaaf Ka Tarazu to Bandit Queen and from Mother India to Marykom; women oriented movies have made headline everywhere. Akira is also a movie based on a journey of a woman, in different circumstances. Sonakshi Sinha, as a performer, has always lived up to the expectations of both masses and classes. With movies like Ghajini and Holiday in sleeves, A. R. Murugadoss has proved his mettle in direction with brilliance. With a star-cast like Konkona Sen Sharma and Anurag Kashyap, Akira looks quite promising. Let’s see what Akira has to offer to its viewers.
Akira revolves around a girl named Akira (Sonakshi) who always stands against what’s wrong in the society, as she was taught the same by her father (Atul Kulkarni). Due to a mishap in childhood, Akira was sent to children’s jail for 3 years and based on that her life changes. Years later, Akira’s brother calls her and her mom to Mumbai to live with his family and Akira gets admission in a college to pursue her education further. ACP Rane (Anurag Kashyap) is a corrupt cop with zero ethics and honesty. Rane with his 3 fellow officers gets in a dangerous situation when he starts to receive a blackmailer’s calls. From there things turn and how Akira comes face-to-face with Rane and his accomplices is what Akira – the film is all about.
Performance wise, Akira is more of Anurag Kashyap’s and Konkona Sen Sharma’s movie rather than Sonakshi’s. Sonakshi looks the character, portrays it with sincerity but somewhere there was something missing; either it was character building, dialogues or the way story moved. Akira is an earnest effort from Sonakshi’s end but it’s somewhat half cooked. Anurag Kashyap as a baddie is amazing. He is confident, radiates corruption with eyes and expressions. He should seriously do more movies as actor. Konkona Sen Sharma appears in an extended cameo but every scene in which she’s seen, is hers. She remarkably performs the character of Rabia the virtuous cop. She’s a veteran.
Atul Kulkarni, in a short appearance is effective with his eyes and expressions. Amith Sadh looks promising and has strong screen presence. Special mention for the actor playing “Raajeshwar”, one of Kashyap’s accomplices, is awesome. He strongly reminded the class of the prominence which Ashish Vidhiarty had in late 90’s movies.
Music wise there’s not much to look out for in Akira but “Kehkashan Tu Meri” is a good track. Direction wise Akira is okay, unfortunately not better than Ghajini. The story has some loopholes which makes it hard to believe. At points Akira looks stretched as well. Akira could have been a great concept on paper but on screen, it has its fair share of weaknesses.