• Kashyap’s performance, in fact, may be the best thing in Akira, which is no doubt a brave attempt to recast the mould. But built on a weak script that’s sorely lacking in subtlety and nuance, the film is ultimately a bore.

  • Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    Sonakshi Sinha kicks butt in the A R Murugadoss film but is limited by her role. Despite Anurag Kashyap’s deliciously bad performance, Akira falls into a sinkhole.

  • Go for it if action-driven cinema is your cup of tea. You might want to wreck your brains while trying to believe the extremes of some part of what is being depicted but then again, your love for action-packed sequences will keep you engrossed.

  • Rohit Vats
    Rohit Vats
    Hindustan Times


    Akira isn’t an out and out action film. In fact, the makers are too concerned about making it look like a family drama. Lacklustre supporting cast and depthless writing make it even duller.
    Despite some shots of acid attack survivors and specially-abled children, Akira fails to evoke any solid emotion.

  • Rohit Bhatnagar
    Rohit Bhatnagar
    Deccan Chronicle


    Akira is a great effort by director A R Murgadoss. Watch it for its layered mystery and Sonakshi Sinha’s finest performance by far!

  • Sonakshi moves, feels and looks the part that’s all but empty heft in a script so extraordinarily dated and bereft of punch…

  • 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.

  • Meena Iyer
    Meena Iyer
    Times Of India


    Anurag as the baddie and Sonakshi’s spirited act redeem the film to some degree. For the rest, Akira is humdrum.

  • Murugadoss’ intent is commendable but his execution is flimsy, to say the least. Like a rash driver in the film who crashes his car into a pile of bricks, the film-maker seems unsure which way to steer, mashing together many half-baked sub-plots before the movie limps to its unconvincing climax.

  • Bryan Durham
    Bryan Durham
    DNA India


    Despite its flaws, catch this film for Sona. Every kick and punch she lands, proves that she’s grown in leaps and bounds since that joke of a boxing match in Holiday. While Murugadoss leaves a lot to be desired, it is a satisfying one-time watch for an action-junkie.

  • 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.

  • Tatsam Mukherjee
    Tatsam Mukherjee
    India Today


    Akira is a dumb commercial potboiler, with a superlative performance by Anurag Kashyap. Your only wish in the end is Sonakshi find material good enough to do justice to her acting abilities. She badly needs to step away from the preset Bollywood templates.

  • 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.

  • Rachit Gupta
    Rachit Gupta


    Akira is like any other action movie you’ve seen before, where the hero is framed and has to prove himself right. The difference here is the film’s ability to successfully tell that tale with a girl at its centre. It may seem like an exercise in women’s rights, but AR Murugadoss’ approach to make things entertaining and detailed makes this movie worth a watch. This one’s all about girl power.

  • Vishal Verma
    Vishal Verma


    AR Murugadoss directed AKIRA has the kind of tempting action thriller allure that edges other routine adrenaline with its constant edge of the seat excitement showing Sonakshi Sinha’s in a power pack action avatar. Watch it.

  • You only wish so much thought had gone into the OTT script as well. Bored out of my wits, watching these good fellas with hardly anything significant to do, I could only feel a slight kira (insect) up my bum — desperately itching to go home.

  • Suprateek Chatterjee
    Suprateek Chatterjee


    Anyway, what is made clear by then is that we’re in for a 2 hour 20-odd minute ride that is not above resorting to contrivances, shaky logic or outrageous coincidences to further its story. A drama about corrupt policemen, blackmailers, and one incredibly plucky girl, Akira spends its first half being somewhat watchable — thanks mostly to an enjoyable performance by Anurag Kashyap (more on this later) — and its second becoming progressively more unbearable.

  • Does Murugadoss think this is female empowerment? Does he hope to inspire female viewers to indulge in such dangerous stupidity? Or does he just think he is being cool?

  • Manisha Lakhe
    Manisha Lakhe


    Sonakshi Sinha plays Akira, a girl who has been taught to stand up to bullies from her childhood. She stands in the way of a bunch of crooked cops headed by Anurag Kashyap. What unfolds keeps you hooked for one hundred and thirty eight minutes. As they say, ‘Full Paisa Vasool!’

  • Stutee Ghosh
    Stutee Ghosh


    Go for it with minimal expectations. Sonakshi and Anurag Kashyap pack a powerful punch, but the script fails to impress.

  • PTI
    Zee News


    This film had the potential to catapult her into an all new league. But given the rather low-intensity drama that moves only in fits and starts, Akira seems unlikely to set the box office on fire and give Sonakshi’s leaner and meaner screen persona a longish lease of life. And that’s a pity.

  • Criselle Lobo
    Criselle Lobo


    If you are tired of seeing Chulbul Pandey, Singham, and other alpha-male characters on screen, go meet Akira at the cinemas. She’s feisty, strong-headed, yet lovable. This is easily Sonakshi Sinha’s best work after Lootera and the film is a must-watch, during this long weekend. 

  • IndiaGlitz
    India Glitz


    The intensity and hard-core action level in ‘Akira’ is bit diluted. It promises to be a good action thriller but ends up being a decent action drama which had all potential to become a taut film.

  • Tushar Joshi
    Tushar Joshi
    Bollywood Life


    The issue with Akira is that it strives too hard to become an action entertainer. There is that novelty factor of having an actress as the action lead, but somehow Sonakshi Sinha’s punches and kicks feel too rehearsed.

  • Director A.R. Murugadoss pays lip service to social causes such as acid attack victims, mental illness and the hearing impaired while triple-underlining the message of women’s empowerment. For every stereotype Murugadoss sets out to break, he leaves behind one…

  • IANS


    Overall, Akira is a well made film worth a watch for its story.

  • Kunal Guha
    Kunal Guha
    Mumbai Mirror


    Director A R Murugadoss’ obsession with themes like good over evil, conscience over corruption and pow over bow continues with Akira.

  • Namrata Joshi
    Namrata Joshi
    The Hindu


    ‘Akira’ is yet another film in which being a strong woman essentially means having to suffer and sacrifice

  • 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.

  • This A.R. Murugadoss directed film is a different kind of a watch. The performance of every actor in this film was impressive and ‘Akira’ is an hard-hitting one. There is a reason behind every ‘action’ in this film. A R Murugadoss’ action-packed women-centric film ‘Akira’ is truly impressive.

  • No matter whether you are a Sonakshi Sinha fan or not, we suggest you to watch Akira, only and only for her career best performance!

  • 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.

  • It is clichéd, never quite as unpredictable as you would expect it to be, but Akira does a darn good job of holding your attention. By giving Bollywood a lady who can pack a punch and can knock out in a blow, the director salvages the situation. Sona and Kashyap keep you glued till the end. If you are looking for some familiar entertainment, it is here but the tables have turned, thankfully. Meet the hero – Sonakshi, you are kickass girl.

  • Sonakshi Sinha does a decent job in the emotional scenes, but the movie needed somebody faster and stronger to kick higher.

  • Disappointing, Tepid and Needlessly Dark Drama…