Akira is a delightful, women centric film that highlights the essence of being a woman. But also in addition, highlights a woman’s inherent power, warmth, and strength in an otherwise male dominated society.

It starts from Jodhpur, where we see a young Akira maturing into a sensible youth. Once, in order to defend herself, she throws acid on a criminal’s face and this leads to young Akira’s confinement in a remand home for 3 years. Later, as she moves to Mumbai for her graduation, the hostel accommodation mistakenly entraps her in a very bizarre situation, where she is traumatized, and broken down psychologically and emotionally.

A sub-plot of the film involves an ACP (Anurag Kashyap) and his 3 officers. They are wicked men who through their malevolence try to harm people. Once, while frolicking on the highway, they witness a car accident, where they walk away with the dead driver’s money, leaving the victim unattended. One needs to watch the movie to see how Akira gets involved in the plot.

Sonakshi Sinha is quite pleasing in her subtle skills (especially the action), and her dramatic talent. Anurag Kashyap is the main antagonist here, whose compelling aggressive character and villainous performance is laudable, giving him success under a different hat. He showcases himself as a talented actor of contemporary times.

Konkona Sen Sharma plays a pregnant lady cop who tries to unmask the villains. Of the 3 main characters, though she appears in fewer scenes, she walks away with maximum impact on the audience. And the man of honour, director AR Murugadoss shines through the film.

What goes slightly awry with the film is the marginal deviation from common intelligence. On the whole, it is a good watch and I would urge everyone to watch the movie – a film par excellence.

Aniket Parihar
Student Reporter