Aks (2001 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra|
|Produced by||Amitabh Bachchan|
|Written by||Rensil D'Silva|
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
|Music by||Anu Malik|
|Edited by||P.S. Bharthi|
|Distributed by||Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited|
Aks (English: Reflection) is an Indian 2001 Hindi-language supernatural thriller movie directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, and starring Amitabh Bachchan, Raveena Tandon, and Manoj Bajpayee in leading roles. Music and soundtrack was composed by Ranjit Ranjan. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics and being a box office flop, it won three awards at the 47th Filmfare Awards, including Best Actor — Critics (Bachchan), Special Performance (Tandon), and Best Sound Design (Ranjan). Bachchan and Bajpayee were nominated for the Best Actor and Best Villain at the same ceremony as well.
Raghavan is caught. As he is about to be executed by hanging, his spirit goes into Manu's body and starts to manipulate the cop into performing acts that Raghavan wanted to perform. But he couldn't save himself. He goes to another town but is not able to find peace.
Eventually, Raghavan's spirit leaves Manu's body. Everything seems to be normal. Manu & his family go on vacation. Unfortunately, Raghavan's spirit is still alive to conquer Manu's friend's body.
- Amitabh Bachchan ... Insp. Manu Verma
- Raveena Tandon ... Neeta
- Manoj Bajpayee ... Raghavan Ghatge
- Nandita Das ... Supriya Verma
- K.K. Raina ... Mahadevan Ghatge
- Kamal Chopra ... ACP Pradhan
- Tanvi Azmi ... Madhu Pradhan
- Vineet Kumar ... Narang
- Pramod Moutho ... Justice Balwant Chaudhry
- Salim Ghouse ... Blind Guru
- Veerendra Saxena ... Hanif Kasai (as Virendra Saxena)
- Vijay Raaz ... Yeda Yakub
- Vrajesh Hirjee ... RAW Officer 1
- Gajraj Rao... RAW Officer 2
- Mithilesh Chaturvedi ... PM's Aide
- Amol Palekar ... Minister
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||16 April 2001|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The music was composed by Anu Malik. Lyrics were penned by Gulzar. Sunder of Planet Bollywood praised the album for being experimental and creative in nature and gave it a rating of 9 out of 10. Sukanya Verma of Rediff appreciated the album saying that Aks is a "captivating album with funky, experimental, new age music".
|2.||"Raat Aati Hain"||Shubha Mudgal||06:20|
|3.||"Aaja Gufaon Mein Aa"||KK & Vasundhara Das||05:23|
|4.||"Hum Bhool Gaye" (Male Vocals)||Hariharan||05:23|
|6.||"Bhala Bura"||Amitabh Bachchan||03:47|
|7.||"Hum Bhool Gaye" (Female Vocals)||Chitra||05:09|
|8.||"Ramleela"||Amitabh Bachchan, Nandita Das & Kavita Mundra||05:20|
|9.||"Rabba Rabba" (Duet)||Vasundhara Das & Sukhwinder Singh||04:51|
The Hindu praised the cinematography and music of the film along with the acting performances of all actors, specially Amitabh Bachchan. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama praised the visuals and music of the film but criticized the film for being too complicated and slow. Taran gave the film a rating of 2 out of 5.
Awards and Nominations
|2002 Filmfare Awards||Best Actor||Amitabh Bachchan||Nominated|
|Best Actor (Critics)||Won|
|Special Performance||Raveena Tandon|
|Best Sound Design||Ranjit Ranjan|
|Best Actor in a Negative Role||Manoj Bajpayee||Nominated|
- "Amitabh Bachchan: 'Aks' gave me my French beard permanently". The Times of India. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
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- "Music Review - Aks - A Haunting Melody". Rediff.
- "Film Review: Aks". The Hindu.
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