WOMAN POWER TO THE FORE

Review of the movie ‘Akira’ by G9 Divya Solgama

There was a time when our film-makers were fascinated by making films based on historic female characters. The romantic era mellowed down these films to the minimal until the action era where revenge based dramatic films were made only to cash in over the popularity of the superstar actresses like Hema Malini, Rekha, Dimple Kapadia, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit and many more. This genre again got outwitted by the multiplex era and rejuvenated itself in the form of films like ‘NH10’, ‘Mardaani’ along with AR Murgadoss’s latest film ‘Akira’, starring Sonakshi Sinha. Thus, let’s find out whether this movie will bring back the old times from the 70s and 80s era or might struggle to find its right place in today’s realistic times.fiji-akira

‘Akira’ is a story of a small town girl Akira Sharma (Sonakshi Sinha), who moves to Mumbai with her mother (Smita Jaykar). Instead of staying with her brother and family, Akira decides to live alone in a hostel. On the other end ACP (Anurag Kashyap) and his colleagues get hold of some illegal money, which they decide to keep for themselves. In order to blackmail him, ACP’s girlfriend, records his criminal conversations on a handycam. But before she could hatch a plan, the handy cam gets stolen by some youngsters belonging to Akira’s college. ACP and his guys secretly keeps an eye on the whole college campus and one day they find the handy cam in Akira’s room. The bad cops decide to encounter Akira and what happens next, is what the entire film is all about.

The basic story idea is from the Tamil film ‘Mouna Guru’, which was a male centric film and has been modified in its Hindi remake. The childhood part reminds you of recently released film ‘Warrior Savitri’. The first half takes its time to settle until the middle part of the film. The tempo goes down again in the second half of the film and moves on a snail pace. There are some over stretched tracks in the second half, especially of the mental asylum. Though, in between the screenplay keeps bouncing back to its right track due to which one stays engaged with this movie. There are some good scenes like Anurag’s entry followed by his criminal modus, Sonakshi bashing the goons in the caferteria, Konakana’s investigation, Sonakshi seeking help from her family, Anurag’s planning in the finale and few more. These scenes keep you glued to the silver screen. The climax though, despite of being a decent one was a huge letdown based on the genre it belongs to. There are many illogical cinematic liberties (a small girl learning advance level of martial arts in few days followed by Anurag slapping a professor and in next scene the victim is shown with bandages over his arms and other places, the mental asylum is totally trashy and reminds you of watching plenty of such in the movies from the 70’s and the 80’s ea). The dialogues by Karan Singh Rathore are hard-hitting and works totally in the favour of the film. Cinematography is of top notch. Though, the movie needed to work over its editing part as it is lethargic and boring at times.
The songs fail to register and the background music is jarring at times. Director AR Murugadoss debuted in Hindi films with ‘Ghajini’ which had some fantastic action sequences followed by the whole engaging drama. His next venture was ‘Holiday’, which was totally entertaining and has been loved by almost everyone over the home video. In case of ‘Akira’, he keeps the film intact with its content but fails over the editing and screenplay part. The story narration is bit slow and tiring at times. Also, the movie promises to deliver some dare-devil type of action but fails to meet up to the expectation level. Nevertheless, he manages to keep the flow going.

Sonakshi Sinha has done a decent job in this film. She performs her best in the emotional scene when she elopes from the mental asylum and tries to convince her family. She delivers the action part with ease, but the sequences were not much. Anurag Kashyap is fantastic in his role of a corrupt police officer. He is brilliantly supported by his colleagues in the movie. Konkana Sen Sharma is good in her small part. Atul Kulkarni and Amit Sadh are wasted.
So on an overall basis, ‘Akira’ instead of delivering a great combat, settles down for a mild tussle. Thanks to the experience of AR Murugadoss, Sonakshi and Anurag’s performance the movie ends up being a decent one-time watch, despite of its lethargic editing and weak screenplay.

Rating – 3/5 (Source – Bollywood Times)