Akira (HINDI)


Starring: Sonakshi Sinha, Konkana Sen Sharma, Anurag Kashyap, Amit Sadh and many more
Editing : Sreekar Prasad
Music : Vishal-Shekhar    Background Score : John Stewart
Cinematography: RD Rajasekhar
Directed by: AR Murugadoss

ARM’s previous history in Hindi shows us he has done 2 of his own remakes which was runaway hit and this time too he has taken a remake but not of his own film but from a different directors. But he has changed the main core of the movie which is projecting the story in the point of heroine not on the hero like how the original was set. Lets see how he has changed and whether that has helped the movie or not.

Akira (Sonakshi Sinha) stays in Jodhpur with her family. Her life changes when a local rowdy throws acid on a girl’s face. Affected by this, her father helps her in learning the art of self-defense. Akira turns rebellious and takes revenge of that guy and she is sent to children person for this. After 14 years she moves to Mumbai with her brother and studies in a college and stays in hostel. She gets ragged and she gives them a fitted reply to all of them. On the other hand, Govind Rane (Anurag Kashyap), is a corrupt ACP. He rules his own police his three disciples. Incidentally, these four police officers come across an accident on their duty which changes their lives forever. Akira and Govind are dealing with their own mess but what leads them two to cross paths is the entire mystery. Rabiya Sultan (Konkona Sen Sharma), a SP of Crime Branch, is appointed to solve that mystery. What happens to the mystery and these 3 forms the story.

Based on the Tamil original ‘Mounaguru‘, Murugadoss has altered the movie by changing the gender of the lead and just added the first few minutes to tell why she learnt the martial arts. Apart from this everything else was scene-by-scene remake which has spoiled the movie. ARM could have added his own touch to this plot and could have given a bit crisper. The basic premise of the film is appealing and has good scope to keeps one’s interest intact in the film. The first half takes its time to settle until the middle part of the film. The tempo goes down again in the second half of the film and moves on a snail pace.

Sonakshi Sinha has done a decent job in this film. She performs her best in the emotional scene when she elopes from the mental asylum and tries to convince her family. She delivers the action part with ease. Anurag Kashyap as the Police is impressive and does justice to his character, making one sufficiently accept his unethical ways. RD Rajasekhar has beautifully captured Mumbai throughout the film. BGM fits the bill well. ARM has astutely dealt with the subject with no major deviation. It stars with a promise of being a good action thriller but ends up being a decent action drama which had all potential to become a taut film..!! 🙂


Lingaa (TAMIL)


Starring: Rajnikanth, Sonakshi Sinha, Anushka, Santhanam and many more
Editing : Samjith
Music : AR Rahman
Cinematography: Rathnavelu
Written and Directed by: KS Ravikumar

Rajni, the Super Star, returns back live after 4 years. That too the film released on his birthday. What else will give more joy to all the film fans. Lingaa a short time creation but with a huge star cast gave a very good hype on what the film is as many cases were against the story of the film. So lets see what the Super Star gives us.

Named after his grandfather, Lingeshwaran (Rajnikanth) is one of the classiest robbers, in association with his friends. But he is also wanted by Anushka and the folks of Solaiyur, for reopening an age old temple. Curious and clueless about why his grandfather is praised so much, Linga is finally forced to agree to visit the village. The young lad eventually learns that his grandfather was the one to revive the life and livelihood of the entire village, with his own money. But flashing back, Lingeshwaran is a wealthy king with a heart singularly aimed at serving people. Why and how did the king misunderstand? What is the backbone forms the rest.

The problem with Lingaa is that even though Rajnikanth plays two characters, it is Lingeswaran whom the film is clearly enamoured with. But the character is not truly striking and hardly has a formidable antagonist — the scheming British collector never seems threatening. For a film crafted and made ready-to-release in six months, many frames in the film look like a richly painted big canvas, quite a visual treat, with the beautiful Mysore palace and also sets mounted on a mega scale, animation and computer graphics.

Superstar – that’s one word, said enough. For years, movies that star Rajnikanth, portray him as a rogue who ultimately transforms into a benevolent and generous, forthcoming person with high respect in the society. This is the person Rajnikanth himself, in most parts. Thalaivar plays his part well, as a gentleman in all respects, and his dialogues befit both his roles. And both Sonakshi Sinha, who abandons her home and village to be with the Raja as he is banished, and Anushka Shetty as a television anchor-girlfriend of Lingaa are characters on the periphery. Naturally, with a superstar like Rajnikanth in frame after frame, the others around shrink into inconsequential specks.

Rathnavelu’s work on the camera angles, especially in songs, apart from palace scenes and train fight sequences are good. Equally good is Samjith’s work on editing and superimposition – noteworthy are the scenes when of jewellery robbery and the spat with the British. AR Rahman’s songs slowly gives the pep for the film and his background score is simple as the story. It is another clean masala from Ravikumar which has a racy screenplay to justify the story that preaches unity, integrity, honesty, humility, and generosity, all for the goodwill of people. Introduction of the thought that people should not be biased based on caste, is an intelligent move. However, certain patches do stand out as sore thumb that are in dire need of finesse – like dialogues for everyone other than Rajni, action, choreography, and graphics, especially in climax. In all, the film looks like it is made for Rajnikanth, to make him the hero of all times, but fails to meet expectations as a movie on the whole…!! 🙂