Akira seemed worth waiting for or look forward to just to see Sonakshi Sinha in a different avatar. My heart breaks to say this that you will be disappointed. Akira is more about everything else rather than Akira herself. Even after having a celebrated director like A. R. Murugadoss, Akira fails big time to entertain us.
Akira does not look like a film about a girl. It shows a corrupt police officer (Anurag Kashyap) on one hand while an honest police officer (Konkona Sen Sharma) is trying to solve a case whose mail culprit is Kashyap. His fault gets Akira involved in this case who has got nothing to do with it. I am curious to know the thought process of the writers who wrote a story about a girl who comes into picture by somebody else fault and not that the film is about her. Too many subplots just spoil the film. It confuses the viewer and is hardly engaging or interesting.
First half is simply haywire, too much happening and Sonakshi Sinha missing for most of the time. Whatever happens in the first half leads nowhere, only the first and interval scene seems important. You wonder why Murugadoss waits for the interval and beats around the bush throughout the first half. Sadly second half also does not have much to offer, only that the presence of Sonakshi Sinha is more here.
Sonakshi Sinha fans will be disappointed an so will be the general audience. A trailer that showed Sonakshi breaking bones is either in the mental asylum or on the wheel chair in the film. One standout scene when she returns home after running away from the asylum. Two action scenes where you feel good seeing Sonakshi kick some butts. That’s all about Sonakshi Sinha in Akira which was suppose to be about Akira. Other actors like Amit Sadh, Atul Kulkarni, Nandu Madhav etc are simply wasted.
Akira is weak as film in almost all ways. Narrative of the film is weak and always off track. Pace of the film is too slow, it just manages to saves itself from reaching boredom. Have enjoyed some of Murugadoss’s Tamil films but never liked his work when he remade his own movies in Hindi. Akira may not be a remake of his South film but my opinion about him wont change even after Akira. His direction seemed more like that of a student. Vishal-Shekhar’s compositions are totally forgettable. “Kehkasha Tu Meri” is recreation of their beautiful Marathi composition “Harawli Pakhre”. They have spoiled it here. Even Sunidhi Chauhan’s voice could not save the song. Arijit Singh’s song does not find place in the film.
The only good thing in Akira was Anurag Kashyap and Konkona Sen Sharma. Konkana Sen Sharma as a pregnant officer steals the show with her honest performance. Everything she does from walking to back answering her senior to investigating, she is flawless. Anurag Kashyap nails it as the antagonist. He brings his character live on screen. May not be extra ordinary but surely creates an impact. Its a pure delight to see both of them on screen. My rating is a bit too much for the film but it’s just for Konkona Sen Sharma and Anurag Kashyap.