Akira (2016) Critics Review, Ratings By Taran Adarsh, Komal Nahta and Rajiv Masand

The much awaited movie Akira targeted good critics review and impressed everyone. The film managed to mint more than 3/5 stars from every critics. The film is revolving around a college girl who fights against collage ragging and corrupted police officers. She knows about the corruption made by police officers and he records their voice in her phone. All police officers are wanted to kill Akira. The film show a single girl how stands against police and system. It is the name of Sonakshi’s character in the film, a quietly intense and misunderstood girl, who is forced to fight back when she is put in a corner. The film already created pre-release buzz and film has some good songs that make movie must watched. After watching good response on trailer the film will be the first solo Sonakshi movie which is successfully cross at the box office.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By:Anupama Chopra Site:Filmcompanion

The first half of Akira is gripping and taut. I was really enjoying the story of this feisty small-town girl who gets embroiled with dirty money and murder. And then, just like that – director A. R. Murugadoss ne poore game ki lanka laga di. The curse of the second half strikes so badly in this film that it almost completely negates the first half, which is effective. I’m going with two and a half stars.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By:Meena Iyer Site:TimesOfIndia

Our screen ki Akira is Khan, Kumar and Kapoor rolled into one. Murugadoss (Ghajini, Holiday — A Soldier Is Never Off Duty), you can see, started with honourable intentions of trying to impart self-defence lessons to girls. But besides that one noble thought, he couldn’t manage a cohesive plot. His cops-and-Akira chase runs out of steam much too early in the film. Post interval, things get so convoluted, you want to kick and punch.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By:Sukanya Site:Rediff

Mostly though it’s a done-to-death script of misunderstood outrage versus malicious authority wherein the central protagonist saddled by a history of violence is needlessly dragged inside a greedy cop’s mess. Sonakshi moves, feels and looks the part that’s all but empty heft in a script so extraordinarily dated and bereft of punch. Between mandatory scenes of Akira’s torture and onslaught, Anurag Kashyap holds fort as the revolting ACP Rane

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By:Saibal Site:NDTV

Akira is no breakthrough for women power in Hindi cinema. The heroine is actually only a female version of the swaggering supermen played on the big screen by the likes of Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar. She might be far daintier and slighter built, but there is absolutely nothing that is beyond her. She suffers a lot on account of her courage, but her invincibility is never in doubt. And that robs the film of any real possibility of springing any real surprises. The film certainly has its moments, and Sonakshi does her career no harm by revealing a new facet of herself, but Akira isn’t blockbuster material.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By:Hungama Site:Bollywood Hungama

Despite the film taking off to a flying start in its convincing first half, A.R. Murugadoss starts struggling with the film at regular intervals, courtesy a weak screenplay. AKIRA’s second half tremendously slows down the proceedings of the film.  While the film’s tagline screamed ‘No one will be forgiven’, one is bound to expect oodles of action galore and adrenaline rush. With the film offering none of the two, the audiences are bound to feel cheated by the time the films ends. On the whole, AKIRA has an interesting concept which fails on the account of its slack screenplay and lack of entertainment value. At the Box-Office, it will be rejected and will entail losses to its investors.

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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By:Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express

Having a young woman kick serious butt should be a matter of joy: what’s not to like about strong female characters in male-dominated mainstream cinema? But what do you do if you are saddled with the most craven plot this side of the Vindhyas, which gives you wings, and then sets about clipping them? Sonakshi Sinha does a good job working the limitations of her role, but she alone cannot help this film from falling into a sinkhole.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By:Khalid Mohamed Site:SpotBoye

The main defect with Akira directed by the Ghajiniwala A R Murugadoss, is that it just doesn’t have an even remotely original story. Heave and ho Murugadoss gaaru elects to source Mouna Guru (The Silent Teacher, 2011) directed by Santha Kumar. Bottomwhine: Unless you’re in the mood to watch Sonakshi Sinha doing her Action Jackson number, you will be forgiven for taking off for a long walk in a park, the beachside, anywhere but to a multiplex. That’ll be easier on the nerves.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By:Koimoi Site:Koimoi

Akira is an entertainer. It will surely manage to get you intrigued right from the start. But there’s too many theatrics to sit through here. Plus, the script as well as the acting performance are not strong enough to make you invested in the lead character, Akira. This film is a good one-time watch, but like we said, if you’re tired of clichéd situations and unneeded drama, you can skip this one. As an overall film for the masses, it deserves 3 out of 5 stars.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By:Tushar Joshi Site:BollywoodLife

The issue with Akira is that it strives too hard to become an action entertainer. There is that novelty factor by having an actress as the action lead, but somehow Akira’s punches and kicks feel too rehearsed. Also it’s a cliche ridden film, especially the first half where we see Akira learn martial arts while growing up. The track with her brother and his family fails to develop and it becomes more of a hurdle than a bridge. Music is strictly average and none of the songs help the story progress. The only character that you might be interested in is Kashyap’s cop, but he too becomes a caricature towards the rushed climax. Predictability and bad dialogues don’t give the narrative any scope to grow on you.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By:Lokesh  Site:Masala

Don’t get me wrong. The film was gripping in the first half. There is nothing sexier than a woman kicking some serious butts, but it slips into Singham mode way too easily and way too quickly. You applaud the fight sequences for the first time, cheer for her the second time, get bored soon and feel like kuch bhi dot com towards the end of it.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:Manjusha  Site:Gulfnews

This thriller is a good example of actors doing their job, instead of letting stars and their familiar routines dominate. Despite a few hitches and ridiculous twists, Akira makes for an engaging watch. Some may also have an issue with the way the film tackles mental health, but if you see the big picture the viewers aren’t scarred by the film. Both Sinha and Kashyap keep the film’s momentum going with their arresting screen presence.