Directed by: AR Murugadoss
Produced by: AR Murugadoss and Fox Star Studios
Written by: Karan Singh Rathore (Dialogue)
Screenplay by: AR Murugadoss (Additional Screenplay) Santha Kumar (Original Screenplay)
Story by: Santha Kumar
Based on: Mouna Guru By Santha Kumar
Starring: Sonakshi Sinha, Konkona Sen Sharma and Anurag Kashyap
Background Score: John Stewart Eduri
Cinematography: R. D. Rajasekhar
Edited by: A. Sreekar Prasad
Production company: A.R.Murugadoss Productions
Distributed by: Fox Star Studios
Release dates: 2 September 2016
The film is titled as Akira, which means ‘graceful strength’ in Sanskrit. 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 is said to be an emotional thriller set in Mumbai and Rajasthan with Sonakshi performing action for the first time.
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:
First he became an assistant writer of P. Kalaimani and wrote dialogues for the Tamil film Madurai Meenakshi. He became assistant director of Ratchagan (1997) for half of the film and continued as assistant script director for the Telugu film Kalusukundam Ra. Murugadoss then worked with S. J. Surya for the film Kushi.
S. J. Suryah recommended Murugadoss to Ajith Kumar for directing his debut film, Dheena. His next films were Ramana, Ghajini, and Stalin. His fifth film was Ghajini, which was a Hindi remake of his same-titled 2005 film and marked his Bollywood debut. It released on 25 December 2008 and became the first Indian film to gross over 100 crores. Murugadoss’s next Tamil film 7aum Arivu, was released on Diwali 2011. Murugadoss signed a deal with Fox Star Studios to produce two Tamil films.
In 2012 he directed the action thriller Thuppakki, starring Vijay and produced by S. Dhanu released on Diwali 2012 to mostly positive reviews and was a huge commercial success. Thuppakki entered the 100 crore (US$15 million) mark at the boxoffice in just 12 days. He also directed the Hindi remake of the film, Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty which crossed over 100 crore (US$15 million) mark at box office In 2014 he was the writer and producer for the fantasy film Maan Karate starring Sivakarthikeyan which was directed by his former assistant Thirukumaran which became a “hit” at box office.
My Gut Feel and comments:
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” —Margaret Thatcher
Akira seems to be a good movie with decent engaging story line and some sincere performances from lead star cast. It is based on successful tamil film Mouna Guru directed Santha Kumar which is this time backed by AR Murugadoss who has directed few successful Tamil and telugu films and even delivered two super hit hindi films, Ghajiniand Holiday.
Sonakshi Sinha is looking convincing in action sequences. Although in past even good women centric films struggled to reach mass audience however with time sensibility of audience is changing and acceptability of films like this in increasing.
Going by my gut feeling I am giving Akira 3 stars out of 5, a night before the release.