Akira (2016 Hindi film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||AR Murugadoss|
|Produced by||AR Murugadoss|
|Story by||Santha Kumar|
by Santha Kumar
|Cinematography||R. D. Rajasekhar|
|Edited by||A. Sreekar Prasad|
|Distributed by||Fox Star Studios|
|Box office||est. ₹465.2 million|
Akira is a 2016 Indian action drama film co-written, produced and directed by AR Murugadoss It is a remake of the 2011 Tamil film Mouna Guru, and features Sonakshi Sinha in the titular role.
Akira Sharma (Sonakshi Sinha) is a little girl who lives happily with her father and mother. One day, she witnesses a crime involving a group of unruly men throwing acid on a young woman's face. Akira helps the police catch one of the criminals. Akira's father enrolls her in a self-defense class. On her way home one day, Akira notices some gang members teasing a girl. She beats them up, but one of them takes out a bottle of acid to throw acid on her. When it backfires, Akira is accused of throwing acid on his face and is sent to juvenile jail.
Fourteen years later, Akira has grown into a brave young woman, while her father has died. Akira and her mother move in with her brother. Akira later joins college and lives in a hostel. A couple of students try to bully her but end up learning the hard way to not mess with her. One night, ACP Rane (Anurag Kashyap) runs into one of the college professors with his car and beats him up because the professor is upset about his behaviour. The college students reach out to the commissioner. The police brutally beats them up and tries to move all of the students away, with only Akira remaining. She hands over the signed petition sheet and the information to the commissioner when he arrives.
A couple of days later, Rane robs and kills a man. When he admits this on the phone at his girlfriend Maya's (Raai Laxmi) place, she records his confession and decides to show it to her friends. At the last moment, her camera with all the information is stolen, and someone blackmails Rane. All this makes him nervous and he kills his girlfriend and begins searching who is behind this. The case is handled by SP Rabiya, (Konkona Sen Sharma) who suspects that Rane's girlfriend did not commit suicide, but had been murdered. One day, Akira finds a bag full of stolen items, including the camera, in front of her dorm. The associates of Rane see her and take her away and decide to kill her. She sees three of associates of Rane kill two other men. Rane calls them and tells them they have the wrong girl, but orders to shoot her. She escapes, goes to her principal, and tells him everything.
Suddenly, the associates of Rane take her away to a mental asylum, and, with the help of a doctor, they give her shocks and injection to prove that she is mentally unstable. She flees from the hospital with the help of another patient, Rani. She decides to prove her innocence by kidnapping one of the associates of Rane. Later Rane trace her hideout. They try to kill her, but Rabiya arrives at the right moment with orders to arrest Rane. Rabiya seizes the arms from Rane and his associates. She, however, is stopped by the commissioner because Rane killed the brother of a strong North Indian politician and he will cause riots if he knows that a policeman was involved. Rane gets back charge, after the commissioner orders him to take Akira to a mental asylum. The helpless Rabiya leaves after explaining the whole thing to Akira but quietly carries along the seized arms. Akira kills Rane and his associates but still goes to the mental hospital. Rabiya gets frustrated at her helplessness but succeeds in not registering a case against her. Akira is released three months later and decides to follow her dad's footsteps by teaching challenged kids.
- Sonakshi Sinha as Akira Sharma
- Konkona Sen Sharma as SP Rabiya
- Anurag Kashyap as ACP Rane
- Raai Laxmi as Maya (ACP Rane's girlfriend)
- Ankita Karan Patel as Shilpa Sharma
- Teena Singh
- Amit Sadh as Sidharth "Sid" Nerurkar
- Urmila Mahanta as Anna
- Atul Kulkarni as Akira's Father
- Lokesh Vijay Gupte as Inspector Manik
- Mishiekka Arora as Younger Akira
- Chaitanya Choudhury as Akira's elder brother
- Smita Jaykar as Akira's Mother
- Nandu Madhav as Inspector Rajeshwar 
|Soundtrack album by Vishal-Shekhar|
|Released||16 August 2016|
John Stewart Eduri
DJ Kiran Kamath
|Akira (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|1.||"Rajj Rajj Ke" (Version 1)||Sonakshi Sinha & Vishal Dadlani||4:20|
|3.||"Kehkasha Tu Meri"||Shekhar Ravjiani||3:02|
|4.||"Rajj Rajj Ke" (Version 2)||Nahid Afrin & Vishal Dadlani||4:20|
|6.||"Rajj Rajj Ke" (Remix)||Nahid Afrin & Vishal Dadlani||4:19|
The film collected ₹51.5 million (US$770,000) on its opening day in India. By the end of its first weekend, Akira had grossed ₹166.5 million (US$2.5 million) and its first week collection was approximately ₹366.5 million (US$5.5 million) domestically.
Akira collected ₹14.1 million (US$210,000) from North America (America and Canada), ₹28.2 million (US$420,000) from UAE, ₹6.1 million (US$91,000) from UK. The film collected ₹7.8 million (US$120,000) from Pakistan.
- "'Kaththi' Director AR Murugadoss Gives Anirudh a Bollywood Ticket". International Business Times. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
- "Akira is the title for AR Murugadoss-Sonakshi project?". Sify. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
- "A.R. Murugadoss' next starring Sonakshi Sinha titled Akira". Bollywood Hungama. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- Pathak, Ankur (21 April 2015). "Koko to trade punches with Sona". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
- "Sonakshi Sinha on sets of her action thriller 'Akira'". Mid Day. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
- Bharadwaj, Rahul Deo (10 June 2016). "The Black Widow of Indian cinema". The Hans India. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
- "Sonakshi Sinha-starrer Akira’s teaser poster announces new release date September 2"
- "The new B-town birdie". The Tribune India. 24 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
- [indiatoday.intoday.in/story/movie-review-akira-moves-only-in-fits-and-starts/1/755351.html "Movie review: Akira moves only in fits and starts"] Check
- "Akira (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP by Vishal-Shekhar on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 21 August 2016.