Akira: Loud but bearable

Film: Akira

Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Konkana Sen Sharma, Anuraag Kashyap, Teena Singh, Amit Sadh, Urmila Mahanta, Atul Kulkarni

Director: A R Murugadoss

“Akira” an action drama top-lining Sonakshi Sinha as the kickass action heroine who, on being framed by 4 corrupt cops, decides to take on the onus of clearing her name with evangelistic fervor and badass action. This film is a remake of the Tamil film ‘Mouna Guru’ which had an action hero in the eponymous role. The story goes that Murugadoss was so impressed by Sonakshi’s brief stint in ‘Holiday’ that he decided to remake the original with a female action hero doing the needful. He has of course made a few changes to the original to suit the gender change and give the Hindi speaking audience a little more to chew on.

Akira (Sonakshi) comes from a dysfunctional set-up, is fearless and blows her top all too easily. So when her college mates bully her she is quick to take action. And that’s a trend she follows even when corrupt cops ensnare her in their web of lies. Anurag Kashyap as the coke snorting, high ranking police officer is menacing and sinister to the core. He is vituperatively convincing in his act while Konkana Sen Sharma as the pregnant cop who smells a rat, downplays her part to a nicety.

The storyline and scripting tend to the irrational in keeping with general commercial trends, the action choreography is quite convincing and the concept of a female dominatrix appears to have come of age. Sonakshi has the build and appears to have added a few muscles along the way, in her effort to make Akira look formidable. It’s a full on badass performance devoid of artifice and she must be commended for it. Murgadoss continues with his regular form of action extravaganzas given to clichés, contrivances and stereotypes fashioned in southern styled sound effects and musical serenades. This film is loud but bearable.

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