‘Akira’ movie review: A history of violence
By:angel_khabar Published Date: Thursday, September 07, 2017
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There should be a whole new category of movies in Bollywood with disparate storylines embracing the trappings of popular cinema in full awareness, as if the filmmakers behind them are not fully committed to their own idea.
While director AR Murugadoss’s Akira is a satisfying fare, which even with a heady mixture of idealism, vigilantism and corruption still manages to be thoroughly entertaining, it is a little unsettling to see the focus shared with the movie’s many stock characters, rather than fully exploring the scope of its heroine.
In similar spirit to the Bride (Uma Thurman) fromKill Bill or Meera (Anushka Sharma) from NH10and Roshni (Sridevi) from Gumrah, Akira (Sonakshi Sharma) is striking in the vast injustice done to her and the immediacy of retribution called upon by such act.
Instantly empathetic in her personal tragedy, the character of Akira is a fascinating one. In the movie, a predisposition of idealism has in turn made Akira have a history of violence. Her understandable dissociation with events all around may be possible in the small town of Jaipur where she hails from but several lives intersect with hers in Mumbai, where she reluctantly moves in to pursue higher studies.