‘akhil’ is probably one of the most anticipated movies of this year. Directed by the talented V V Vinayak, this movie has hit the screens after a huge round of promotions. Let’s see if Akhil impresses with his debut movie or not.
akhil (akhil akkineni) is a happy and lucky boy who falls in love with divya (sayesha saigal). he keeps chasing her and as the pair start to get close, divya is suddenly kidnapped by some african citizens who are also looking for a science ball called jua.
what will akhil do now? how is divya related to these feared criminals? what is this about huh? To find out the answers to these questions, you need to see the movie on the big screen.
One of the film’s greatest assets is Akhil himself. The young hero makes a surprising debut and is surely ready to carry on the Akkineni legacy. Akhil is exceptional with his dances and has also performed his action sequences quite well. As for the expressions, he needs to improve, but his dialogues and his body language are fine.
sayesha saigal looks pretty and is definitely a find for tollywood. she has an amazing screen presence and is ready to become one of the top stars in the future. being a trained dancer, she impresses big in all the songs. credit should also go to the way the songs have been lavishly filmed and choreographed.
akhil’s intro fight and the first song have been executed quite creatively. the first half of the movie is spicy and moves at a fast pace. the concept of the movie is decent and the first fifteen minutes are impressive.
one of the biggest drawbacks is the direction of v v vinayak. Akhil can easily be said to be his weakest film to date. the way he narrated the movie and executed some key scenes during the second half is pretty bad. the second half runs out of steam and the whole African episode and climax seem jaded and out of place.
The graphics used are below average and completely spoil the mood of the movie. the black leopard fight, the underwater episode, and the climactic plane fight have all been hampered by poor visual effects work. after setting up the movie well until the middle point, vinayak brings in some goofy comedy scenes and takes the seriousness out of the plot.
anup rubens music is the best in the music department. Mani Sharma’s background score is quite impressive, as is the dialogue. the camera work is decent on the songs, but it’s sub-par during the second half. Although the art department worked hard to achieve the African effect in their sets, some shoddy work by the graphics team makes matters worse.
Coming to director v v vinayak, he has done a mediocre job and failed to execute what was on paper. after a point, he rushes through the movie and finishes it in a hurry. Furthermore, the regular heroism shown in all of his movies is greatly lost on Akhil.
Overall, akhil is a decent launching pad for the akkineni scion. he is exceptional with his dances and gives a complete performance in his first film. interesting premise and some good songs are basic assets. but sub-par storytelling, an outdated second half, and over-the-top graphics spoil the mood and make this movie just an average affair. watch it just to see akhil akkineni’s impressive show.
123telugu.com rating: 3/5 reviewed by 123telugu team
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