I watched AKIRA in theatre some two weeks back and since then I’ve been trying to find some time to write about this. Directed by the south master AR Murugadoss who had also previously directed content driven movies like ‘Ghajini’ (2008) and ‘Holiday’, this one is yet another addition to his unique touch in the craft of filmmaking that’s been engaging and thrilling for audience. Well, I was kind of hooked to watch the film even since its trailer was released that showed Sonakshi Sinha in a different avatar.
With ‘AKIRA’ it seems Sonakshi is all set to fill the void of an action heroine in Bollywood. For all the right reasons, it seems she finally got a script that solely revolved around her character, and Murugadoss who had already directed her in ‘Holiday’ yet again came up with one of the finest action flick. In true sense, AKIRA is the debut film for someone like Sonakshi as films like ‘Dabangg’, ‘Rowdy Rathore’, ‘R Rajkumar’ and few more no way added anything in terms of her acting skills.
The film follows the titular character ‘AKIRA’ – a young girl in a small town – who lives a happy life with her loving parents. Her life changes when she witnesses acid attack on one of her college friend who refused the advances of few stalkers. Very much affected by the incident, she became rebellious and her father even taught her self-defence techniques. Unfortunately, she ends up on the other side of the law and spends three years in a remand cell.
Watch the movie trailer for AKIRA
When she returns and moves to Mumbai for her higher studies, she again finds herself in the middle of another murder case, committed by few corrupt police officers led by Govind Rane. The story after that is all about her struggle in different circumstances and how she manages to stand firm against all odds.
So primarily, the film prominently shows three characters in light: AKIRA – a brave and headstrong young woman; Govind (Anurag Kashyap) – a corrupt cop who does false encounter to earn money; and SP Rabiya Sultan (Konkona Sen Sharma) who represents the good side of our system and also another angle to a female centric film. [I believe, more than a female centric, AKIRA is more a character driven film, although overall the film could have been sketched a notch better.]
Nevertheless, if we love films like ‘Dabangg’ or ‘Wanted’ or ‘Singham’, you should watch AKIRA and it’s no less than those action flicks. And if you’re looking more for a woman centric film just like ‘Kahaani’ and ‘Queen’, then it’s different and brings more to the screen where Sonakshi Sinha shines like a bright star. You will certainly enjoy her breaking bones and kicking butts. Her performance along with Anurag Kashyap’s negative roles prove the acting skills of both the actors.
And for those of us who are wondering, if AKIRA is a remake of any south film – yes, you’re right! AKIRA is a remake of Tamil film “Mouna Guru” (2011), directed by Santha Kumar. So, here is Kumar very rightly credited for original story while Murugadoss for adapted screenplay writer.
CAST: Sonakshi Sinha, Konkona Sen Sharma, Amit Sadh, Anurag Kashyap
DIRECTION: AR Murugadoss