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Alone (1991)

Akayla (original title)
Inspector Vijay Verma is a very lonely cop whose only family is a younger brother Ajay Verma who is studying abroad. He also has two good friends Shekhar and Seema. One day when he arrests ... See full summary »

Director:

Ramesh Sippy

Writer:

Salim Khan (as Salim Khaan)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Insp. Vijay Verma
Jackie Shroff ... Shekhar
Amrita Singh ... Sapna
Meenakshi Sheshadri ... Seema
Aditya Pancholi ... Ajay (Vijay's Brother) (as Aditya Panscholi)
Kiran Juneja ... Neetu (as Kiran Joneja)
Keith Stevenson Keith Stevenson ... Anthony "Tony" Braganza / Jojo Braganza
Shashi Kapoor ... Police Commisioner
Helen ... Seema's Mother
Mahesh Anand ... Ranjeet
Kanwaljit Singh ... Insp. Ahmed
Mangal Dhillon Mangal Dhillon ... Anthony's & Jojo's lawyer
Asif Asif
Nafisa Nafisa
S.M. Zaheer S.M. Zaheer
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Inspector Vijay Verma is a very lonely cop whose only family is a younger brother Ajay Verma who is studying abroad. He also has two good friends Shekhar and Seema. One day when he arrests the criminal mastermind Jojo Braganza, he is shocked when Jojo is released from police custody because his corrupt lawyer shows the court a video tape showing him at a completely different place so therefore he couldn't have committed the crime. From this day on they become enemies and Vijay is hot on Jojo's trail every time he commits a crime. One day while watching a film called Seeta Aur Geeta, he realizes that two people can be at different places at the same time if they are twins. He realizes that Jojo has a twin brother called Tony who covers for him each time he commits a crime so he can get away with it easily. He successfully gets Jojo arrested and put in prison. However Jojo escapes and hides out at the house of Shekhar and Seema. When Shekhar realizes that Tony and Jojo are wanted ... Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Before Keith Stevenson was signed, Ramesh Sippy wanted Kamal Hassan for the role. See more »

Quotes

Police Commisioner: Do I appear to you, from the face or from the brains a type of person who would believe in your story.
Insp. Vijay Verma: Yes Sir.
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Connections

Features Seeta Aur Geeta (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Jeene Walon
Performed by Sudesh Bhonsle (as Sudesh Bhosle)
Composed by Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar and Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma
Written by Anand Bakshi
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Dirty Harryish Bachchan.
8 November 2020 | by nadkarnisumeetSee all my reviews

Akayla review :

A Dirty Harriysh type cop chasing down villainous twins who practically bump off his entire family and friends; Akayla saw legendary director Ramesh Sippy team up with Amitabh Bachchan once again after their successful run in Sholay (1975), Shaan (1980) and Shakti (1982). Unfortunately, the film didnt exactly set the box office on fire and settled in just about average category.

Bachchan played the alcoholic loner with his usual flair but he was constrained by Salim Khan's predictable plot which was stuck in the 70s. He got to romance two heroines - Amrita Singh and Meenakshi Seshadri - but lost Meenakshi to his bestie Jackie Shroff. Amrita had the better role of a bar dancer and I loved the scene where she makes Amitabh jealous just to make him confess his love.

Keith Stevenson was the main villain in a double role of Tony - Jojo, one a shrewd and cunning criminal while his younger bro is a lollypop sucking dimwit. Writer Salim had high hopes on his debutant villain but sadly, the audience didnt find Keith as menacing as Ramesh Sippy's Gabbar or Shakaal. Personally, I liked him in the scene where he goes to rape Amrita Singh in her apartment. Its a chilling moment!! Interestingly, Aamir Khan played a similar double role in the recent blockbuster Dhoom 3 (2013). Hmm!

As for the rest of the cast, Jackie Dada and Meenakshi were shortchanged by bumping them off ingloriously in first half. Worse was Aditya Panscholi who got just two scenes with Amitabh before his death.

Laxmikant Pyarelal's music score was strictly average but still, the 'Ram pyaari' song featuring a yellow Volkswagen Beetle driven by Amitabh became fairly popular.

Finally, Akayla was an out and out Amitabh Bachchan show and he didn't disappoint one bit. It was his final collaboration with Ramesh Sippy and released just before Diwali 1991 at Mumbai's Novelty cinema. Playing safe, Yash Chopra actually postponed his Lamhe by couple of weeks to avoid clash with this Ramesh Sippy- Amitabh Bachchan film. Such was their power!!!

Regards, Sumeet Nadkarni


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

8 November 1991 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Alone See more »

Filming Locations:

Art Bunglow, India See more »

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M.R. Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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