AR Murugdoss is the same guy who gave us ‘Gajini’ right? Murugadoss movies are character centric the original Gajini was played in Tamil by Surya and Aamir in Hindi, both these actors are exceptionally talented to fit the shoes of the characters to the ‘T’. Akira on the other hand is the remake of the 2011 movie ‘mouna guru’ except that the protagonist was male in the tamil version and in Akira it’s female.
The casting is very appropriate to the point that except the noteworthy characters everyone else leave your mind the moment they leave the screen. When they reappear, the audience is like – who is this again? Oh ya…. The brother, ok ok. Konkana, Atul Kulkarni, Amit Saad could have been given a longer screen presence.
Akira is a headstrong girl who does not tolerate injustice in the city of Rajkot. Scene changes to Mumbai after few years. Akira tames the college bully in a jiffy (as expected) and seeks justice for her professor. She gets tangled midst of a corrupt illegal money heist and makes life very difficult for ACP Rane (Excellent debut by Anurag Kashyap). She kicks butt all the way delivering very convincing kicks and punches dressed in her flowery waistcoat & nagra shoes.
Konkana plays the cop who is extremely pregnant and extremely honest both of which is disadvantage for her presently, yet she wades through the systematic enquiry and lands up with the correct sequence of events which the audience have by this time already forgotten some induced chemical-locha injections ago. Saved by transgender Rani (brilliant acting by Kajol Saroj) she embarks on a mission of revenge.
The storyline could have been a bit more convincing. This is a kind of movie where screenplay would have worked wonders and goes without saying casting selection is pathetic.
Verdict – Action movie with a woman as a protagonist – watch Mardaani instead.