AKIRA Movie Review: Poorly written & directed

1.5/5

It’s obviously a film-faking job. The people associated with it are known to have been doing it for years, lifting themes, ideas and even stories lock stock and barrel from foreign films. It’s an official remake of a Tamil film but the Tamil film itself is an admixture of ideas purloined from multiple sources. This is not an idea germinated in culturally rich Indian soil.

I don’t have problem with taking ideas from foreign films and adapting them. This does not look like an adaptation. It looks, sounds, and feels fake.

Akira is a Sanskrit word according to film’s background narration by Konkona Sen Sharma, who, we learn later, plays an honest cop in the film.

The film starts off well as a young girl Akira witnesses an acid attack on a girl by a roadside Romeo and identifies the monsters in a police ‘shinakht’ parade. A goon later attacks her with a knife. Her deaf and wise father (Atul Kulkarni) admits her in a Karate class instead of a dance class. She gets proficient. One day he encourages her to teach a lesson to a gang of goons teasing girls at a bus stop. She fights them and in the process a goon who tries to throw acid on her, suffers himself from acid burns. This is where intelligence ends and idiocy begins. She is convicted and sent to a remand home and next we see her grown up avatar (Sonakhsi Sinha). We soon know that her father is no more and her brother was in Mumbai and he wants her mother and her to shift there, the city of corrupt cops.

What follows is a totally contrived screenplay that brings her into conflict with a gang of corrupt cops led by an ACP rank officer Rane (Anurag Kashyap). They had killed a car accident victim after having discovered a suitcase filled with cash worth crores in the car’s boot. Through a series of co-incidences the story leaks and the cops are forced to kill a few more to cover up their crime tracks. By quirk of fate and another far-fetched co-incidence Akira gets entangled into this and nearly gets killed in a fake encounter. She survives but cops find another way of silencing her. They get her declared mad and admit her in a mental asylum to turn her into a vegetable through shock-therapy treatment. She survives and fights back. Will she succeed? In the mean time the honest cop SP Rabia (Konkona Sen Sharma) is also onto the tricks of the gang of corrupt cops.

If this film was meant to aid Sonakshi Sinha in establishing herself as a solo heroine or a female Dabangg , it succeeds partially. She fights well in a few of her elaborately choreographed fight sequences but the moronic screenplay turns even weirder in the second half of the film and negates all positives. Coincidences and stupidities begin to pile up and you are left wondering if the film is designed to make a Dabangg out of Sonakshi Sinha or a Mogambo out of Anurag Kashyap.

The film is shot well and is a commendable effort on various technical parameters.  

Directed by AR Murugadoss, Produced by AR Murugadoss, Fox Star Studios, Written by Karan Singh Rathore (Dialogue), Screenplay by AR Murugadoss (Additional Screenplay), Santha Kumar (Original Screenplay), Story by Santha Kumar Based on Mouna Guru By Santha Kumar, Starring Sonakshi Sinha, Konkona Sen Sharma, Anurag Kashyap, Music by Songs: Vishal–Shekhar Background Score John Stewart Eduri Cinematography R. D. Rajasekhar Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad Production company A.R.Murugadoss Productions
Distributed by Fox Star Studios

Rajesh Kumar Singh

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