Movie Review - Akira

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Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Anurag Kashyap, Konkona Sen Sharma, Amit Sad
Director: A. R Murugadoss

From being a simple girl of a small town in Rajasthan to being a lady who has to find her way out of a dirty maze created by nefarious policemen, Akira's story in total, looks promising but it boils down without the expected bang. Since childhood, Akira (Sonakshi Sinha) has a hunch about the right and wrong. Guided by her Dad (Atul Kulkarni), she opts for Karate instead of Kathakali and starts combating the local crooks who harass females. Despite being wrongfully sentenced to a juvenile home for raising voice against criminals, Akira stays strong and keeps doing what is right. However, the dominos of troubles keep falling on her. Convinced by her mother and brother, Akira shifts to Mumbai to complete her studies. And, that's when A. R Murugadoss starts portraying his signature narrative which certainly feels like a mix of Ghajini and Holiday only with female protagonist this time!

As soon as Akira reaches Mumbai, she gets harassed by her classmates (read bullies) whom she manages, but, the real mess breaks loose when a ruthless cop, Govind Rane (Anurag Kashyap) out of his greed, stupidly convolutes the story and tortures Akira for no rhyme or reason.  Sonakshi through her kicks and punches, for a fleeting first half leaves an impression and Anurag Kashyap gives justice to his role. But, Konkana Sen’s role doesn’t leave the kind of impact that one anticipates. Moreover, the plot is so porous and banal that in the name of feminism, ability and women empowerment, gross misinterpretations and overstatements are served to the audience!

Sonakshi could have been way better in her first ever action thriller, yet, Akira is definitely worth a watch because of Sonakshi’s all new avatar, improved acting and for Anurag Kashyap’s attempt to play on the other side of the field.

3 Shors out of 5 for Akira!

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