It may be safely stated that no actor in Bollywood has reinvented himself in addition to Anil Kapoor has accomplished. In a profession spanning over 4 a long time, Kapoor has experimented with genres, roles and even a unique business. Vikramaditya Motwane’s ‘AK vs AK’ is maybe Kapoor’s boldest experiment on the display screen up to now.
A meta-war that includes Anurag Kashyap and Kapoor enjoying themselves, the movie is progressive in its method and one thing that Indian viewers will not be used to watching on display screen. Actuality and fiction usually get interlinked and for an Indian viewers which is well harm by slightest of the problems, ‘AK vs AK’ is a difficult movie to execute convincingly. Does the crew succeed? To an ideal extent.
There has already been a little bit of controversy involving Kapoor’s costume and IAF and the movie begins with a disclaimer about fiction and actuality and the way the makers maintain the Indian Airforce in highest of the regards. Quickly after the messaging is completed, the movie dives straight into MAMI 2019 the place Anil Kapoor and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap are co-panelists for a masterclass.
The session quickly turns into ugly with Kashyap throwing a glass of water on Kapoor’s face in a match of rage. The scores will not be settled although as Kashyap devises a harmful plot to get again at Kapoor. The filmmaker kidnaps Kapoor’s actress daughter Sonam after which asks the veteran star to search for her in Mumbai with none assist and earlier than dawn. Kapoor goes on some time goose chase with Kashyap following him with a digicam particular person to make a movie out of your entire episode.
Motwane and author Avinash Sampath borrow closely from the true lifetime of each the AKs and shoot in precise areas. There are cameos by Kapoor’s members of the family like Boney Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and son Harshvardhan. Areas are streets of Mumbai and each the celebrities dwelling. All these parts blur the strains between actual and fiction to an ideal extent.
Whereas the movie begins on an exhilarating excessive, the movie runs its course quickly after. The narrative is immersive and progressive however barely incoherent. What stands out is Kashyap and Kapoor making an attempt to outdo one another in each doable way- some look pure whereas a number of scenes look hammy.
As Kapoor goes on streets, in search of his lacking daughter, he transforms into one of many daredevil characters he has performed in innumerable movies previously. Nothing can cease him from discovering his daughter. He will get hit by a automobile, will get embroiled in a scuffle with Kashyap, runs for miles- however appears tireless as he retains the search on. He’s bleeding and panting however nonetheless not keen to surrender.
The movie begins on an exhilarating excessive. The 2 actors are proven to be at loggerheads with Kashyap enjoying a mad, deranged and vindictive model of himself to Kapoor’s helpless, anguished model. However quickly sufficient the chase turns into repetitive. There’s a portion the place Kapoor, in a bid to search for a taxi driver, finally ends up at an area Christmas honest. Battered, bruised and bleeding he goes up on stage to hunt assist in in search of the motive force who’s believed to be an area of that space. As he takes on the mic and pleads for assist, the group insist on him first performing to a few of his hits. Whereas the thought is to indicate how the overall inhabitants is insensitive and blind to different’s issues, the scene nonetheless appears misplaced, unrealistic and compelled into the narrative.
Inconsistent and incoherent – the final half hour of the movie is a stretch and one can see that the maker and the author have misplaced the grip from the storyline. I want they’d edited a serious chunk off from the climax. It is messy and chaotic and each Kashyap and Kapoor overdo their bit.
‘AK vs AK’ finally suffers resulting from some evident flaws. What begins as an satisfying movie about two well-known Bollywood faces being pitted towards one another, finally turns into stretched and chaotic by the top. Certain there are a number of genuinely humorous moments within the movie courtesy Kashyap and his maverick methods. It is also attention-grabbing to look at Kapoor’s members of the family enjoying small bits however ‘AK vs AK’ is audacious, experimental which may tire you out, in contrast to its two AKs.
The movie is streaming on Netflix.