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AB does Dirty Harry!

Author: jatt boy from United Kingdom
15 May 2009

During these days when Amitabh was almost on his way out and Ramesh Sippy wasn't in the comfort zone either. The 90's had to be the worst decade for Amitabh as it marked the fall of a legend. After Ganga Jamuna Saraswati, Toofan and Jaadugar, it was Akayla's turn to take the beat by the public. And did they public beat it? Of course. The film was something we had been seeing since the 80's, AB's act towards injustice and being a responsible cop to take the villain but this time, Clint Eastwood style! Obvoiously AB had done his homework to mimic Clint because I cannot imagine anyone else that could have done it down Bollywood! The story itself is too hallow. More hallow then Ramesh Sippy's last nightmare Bhrastachar. So no way this film could have survived at the box office. The villain, Keith Stevenson, hammers badly. A miscast. The only thing that could have helped this film was AB's performance which didn't find any takers at all.

The supporting cast wasn't too bad. Jackie Shroff was good. Aditya Pancholi was better. Meenakshi Sheshadri does okay in a small role. Amrita Singh is average. Shashi Kapoor, well, cant say much about him.

Overall, a bad experiment and comes too late in its day. Story too hallow. Music below average. But some of the action scene are good to look forward to.

2 out 5

P.S If your not too sure about a Ramesh Sippy film just remember, a his films that begin with 'S' are the better lot. Seeta Aur Geeta, Sholay, Shaan, Shakti and Saagar :)

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Comic and entertaining !

Author: chumpa_chameli from India
1 April 2006

Akayla was one of the movie Amitabh Bachchann did before his retirement to America in the early 1990s.The movie brought two of the greatest pairing in Indian cinema Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchann after a very long time.The film also stars Amrita Singh, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Aditya Panscholi and not to forget Kawanljeet in crucial roles.Akayla is the story of a hard hitting cop Inspector Vijay (Amitabh B).He is a loner in real life and smart,witty an intelligent when his work is concerned.In a supermarket robbery he catches the culprit (Keith Stevenson) whose identity couldn't get proved in the Indian law court.From there on the culprit and Inspector become enemies as the story unfolds.The villain the culprit is the villain of the movie whom Vijay has to finish and bring justice to the society.Akayla is the story of how a smart Inspector brings justice with the help of his friends and family.The movie is one of the best movies of Amitabh Bachchann if not the best.Also it is written by Salim Khan who once penned the 'angry young man' image of Amitabh Bachchann in the 1970s.8 out of 10

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Amitabh's bad days

Author: silvan-desouza from India
16 November 2013

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Amitabh Bachchan was going through a bad phase in late 80s and early 90s. This film released in 1991, when he had got a hit like HUM and AAJ KA ARJUN released in 1990. But Akayla was a flop. The film was made by Ramesh Sippy who gave him hits like Sholay and average films like Shaan and Shakti though the latter gave him praise, Akayla also had Jackie Shroff and Aditya Panscholi alongwith Amrita Singh. Akayla has an old done to death story of Amitabh being a loner cop who is solving crime, Clint Eastwood style....Amitabh was already past his prime and to see him in the lead was no longer audience's fancy. Even gimmicks like the talking taxi similar to Khuddaar doesn't work. The film also brought together Amitabh and overweight Shashi who played his senior though they only had 4 years difference. The film starts off well but slowly gets long and boring in between Several scenes are well handled like Aditya's death.etc but the film gets predictable and follows the beaten part and hardly anything worth recalling

Direction is okay Music is okay, Ram Piyari became famous though, Sudesh Bhosle was trying to take place of Kishoreda as being Amitabh's voice but not as effective.Rest songs are okay

Amitabh looks wrinkled but does his part with the same grace he did before, Amrita Singh looks young as his heroine and does as expected Jackie Shroff is good in a cameo, Aditya Panscholi who also starred with Big B in Jaadugar another dud is good too, Meenaxi is okay Amongst rest Keith Stevenson falls flat as the villain hamming to glory, Shashi Kapoor looks overweight and is okay but hardly gets anything great just few scenes to acknowledge that he and Big B were a hit pair together.

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A lesser effort from Ramesh Sippy

Author: Ibuk from United Kingdom
3 February 2016

At the time there must have been a huge buzz surrounding Akayla as it was directed by Ramesh Sippy, who directed Amitabh Bachan in Sholay, Shaan and Shakti. This movie also reunited Big B with Shashi Kapoor, who were last seen in Yash Chopra's Silsila. Unfortunately the end product is a pretty average effort. To be honest I hadn't seen it in it's entirety for at least a decade.

As a movie it shouldn't have worked at all but it remains watchable thanks to Big B, who carries the movie on his shoulders. He is really intense in this movie, which is what the audience at the time expected at the time from him. That said even he isn't able to salvage the mediocre material. He is supported by a decent cast in supporting roles, consisting of Jackie Shroff, Meenakshi, Amrita Singh and Aditya Pancholi and a special appearance by Helen.

There isn't really a script to speak of really, the entire movie is basically Amitabh confronting the villains again and again. The main villain himself, Keith Stevenson is very weak. I am wondering why the directors went for him when they could have found a better villain like Amrish Puri or Raza Murad etc. Stevenson really hams it up with a double role. The songs are decent, particularly Aag lag jaye, which is a great song.

All in all I think without Big B's performance it would have been a much worse movie than it is.

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Pretty Good

Author: superindrajit from Hong Kong
8 March 2012

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90's has got to be the worst decade for Amitabh, though he rose again with his first hit Mohabatein in 2000 before 2000 and after 1990, Amitabh gave a lot of flops and a few disasters. This film is good and the message is well conyed. Police hands are always bound because the villain hires a good lawyer to prove the police wrong though Amitabh gave a wonderful speech in the courtroom though he was insulted and proved as a drunken cop who doesn't know what he's doing. The scenes were he captures the villains in old school action style is good and the action is well demonstrated. Though Deol movies have reasonable action, 1 guys bashing up 20 is too bland and unrealistic. Bachchan's entry is extraordinary, he doesn't fight unlike most action hero's and he intimitdates the villain. The movie's major problem is the story, which isn't really bad but at times it drags and the 2 back to back melodramatic songs aren't good. There is no interest the audience will find the story besides the murders the villain commits and the way Amitabh stops the injustic after resigning from the police force. The subplots aren't strong, the Jackie Shroff track is well executed and Amitabh's sacrifice for his love because Jackie loves the same girl is good, the entire Akalya Amitabh is also well demonstrated but even this will not be enough to create an impact to the audience. The other subplots like the twin brother of the villain making silly jokes is stupid and the other badguy who fights with Bachchan in the bar is also another typical subplot coppied from other movies. Though the movie flopped, this was one's of Amitabh's good flops. Like always, Bachchan excels as Vijay Verma and this movie had a better story than Shahenshah which was like a copy of Batman. Jackie Shroff is good, no overacting from him. Shashi Kapoor as the overwright head of police is OK. Meenxi is good while Amrita Singh is average. The supporting cast is average and the villain Keith Stevenson hams it up really badly by regularly shouting, his double role means what could be worse than 2 Keith's in one film for most viewers and mostly me. But, the movie is still pretty good for me, I wish this was Big B's comeback instead of Hum. Both films were good and even Ajooba wasn't that bad, don't know why critics and viewers made the box office make these films a flop. Overall, a very underrated movie from the legend Amitabh Bachchan

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Underrated Amitabh movie of the 90s.

Author: ShakTwenty88 from United Kingdom
6 August 2006

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The great director Ramesh Sippy known for making classic films such as ''Sholay'' and ''Shakti'' which are also some of his best reunites with Bachchan for the last time.

Akayla has to be Amitabh Bachchan's most underrated movie since the bad films he made in the late 80s and early 90s such as ''Agneepath'' and Jaadugar'' which I think are some of the worst he has done. Too bad Akayla flopped as it deserved to be a hit.

The basic story is that Bachchan plays a lonely cop who has to catch a clever criminal mastermind named Jojo Fernadez who killed his friends Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Seshadari. Jojo always seems to get away with his crimes by claiming he was not even at the crime scene when actually it is his retarded twin brother who is covering for him everyime.

Amrita Singh plays his love interest and Aditya Panscholi playing his younger brother. Shashi Kapoor also appears as the police commissioner. It was great to see Amitabh and Shashi Kapoor together again after nearly a decade since they last made any films together.

This is recommended for all the die-hard fans of Amitabh. Although it is isn't his best it is totally entertaining.

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Clichéd and repetitive

Author: kshitiz_bajracharya from nepal
17 February 2017

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The movie completely relied on Bachchan. It had a typical story of a cop fighting against a criminal in the regular way. The script was a bit weak and mostly had the scenes where the cop confronts the criminals, actually the same villain, coincidentally. The story of Mahesh Anand and Keith Stevenson working together was not handled properly and seemed merely as a requirement of the story to move on and nothing else. Amitabh murdering the villain's twin brother was, again, just for the story to move on. It basically follows the same formula, which was an original thing in the 70s, but by the 90s had become some sort of a cliché, though had some minor alterations. Amitabh's character of a lonely, alcoholic, a bit twisted and peculiar person who cannot express his good side, the reason why he became so and the sacrifice of his love he gave for his friend have been well presented and well acted. Jackie Shroff acted well and was perfect in his role but could have been used more for the support. Same is with Meenakshi and Shashi Kapoor. Aditya Panscholi was also good but had no role in the story other than filling the time. Direction by Ramesh Sippy was not what he had shown us with Sholay, not even close. Music and songs were forgettable. The film is watchable but by the time when it released, we already had a tons of similar movies and by that time some new concept were needed, which came as the "hero in a negative role" in the near future with Darr and Baazigar.

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