Tamil director A.R. Murugadoss presents his third Hindi film, a faithful remake of the 2011,Mouna Guru,AKIRA.
The film begins in the city of Jodhpur,Rajasthan. Our protagonist AKIRA (sonakshi sinha) lives happily with her father (Atul Kulkarni) and mother (Smita Jaykar). One horrifying and deeply disturbing incident turns AKIRA’s world upside down, and she’s sent to the juvenile prison. 14 years later, she relocates to Mumbai with her mother and enrols herself in a college there.
Simultaneously,there’s a corrupt and lecherous cop,ACP Rane (Anurag Kashyap), who’s being blackmailed by a sex worker over a robbery of crore of rupees.
How our protagonist gets embroiled in this debauched and terrifying game of lies,betrayal and bloodshed forms the crux of the story.
There are many issues that have been tackled in the film, acid attacks on women, college ragging and the trauma of the mentally challenged patients. After a while, it seems the director is forcing you to feel emphasized for the actors, particularly in the way-too-depressing second half, where Sonkashi is constantly being injected in the asylum. The reason these scenes fail to move or even give you a lump in your throat, is because it seems completely in your face.
Fortunately, there are at least 2 redeeming qualities about the film. The first being Anurag Kashyap and Konkona Sen Sharma’s performances.
And then, we have Sonakshi as AKIRA.
The actor seems to be really enjoying kicking the butts and guess what, she’s perfectly convincing in the action scenes. It’s a delight to watch the heroine walloping the living daylights out of the bad guys.
How we wish the script did justice to her commitment to the role.