This combination of two different flavors provides fun as well as sudden graveness. The meta suddenly transforms into a serious dark-thriller and you can’t help yourself from getting engrossed in this roller coaster ride.
Netflix’s Christmas release, AK vs AK is one of those rare films which makes you feel pity, and at the same time, it makes you laugh at the condition of the protagonist when you realize that it’s just a work of fiction. There’s a scene in which Anil Kapoor who plays himself begs the camera person (Yogita) to tell her where Sonam is, he barges into a locality celebration and asks about a person but then suddenly someone shouts “ Dance” and he has to perform even when he is desperate to find his daughter. This scene tells you about the two sides of a coin called fame, one side is about being all popular that the whole world loves you but the other side is about becoming such a face of art that no one takes you seriously, everything you do no matter what, it somehow transforms into a product of art.
Now the reason why I call this film, Half-Motwane and Half-Kashyap is because the first half of the film is quite enjoyable and so innovative. The way Anil and Anurag pass snarky comments on each other and plot as well as the hate among the two leads is slowly rising, it clearly looks like a Motwane’s risk project. The second half is dark and conceit is spread all over the narrative much like the films of Anurag Kashyap. This combination of two different flavors provides fun as well as sudden graveness. The meta suddenly transforms into a serious dark-thriller and you can’t help yourself from getting engrossed in this roller coaster ride. The climax is messy but well -thought and surprisingly it declares a winner in the fight.
The film starts with an interview of Anurag Kashyap and Anil Kapoor. The interview suddenly gets too heated and Anurag throws a glass of water on Anil’s face. Anurag Kashyap’s behavior costs him a lot and he suddenly loses all his projects and is portrayed as “ Anurag Kashyap is demonetized “ in the media channels. Motwane very cleverly plans his dialogues. He then gets an idea because of which he kidnaps Sonam and tells Anil to find her. All of this is happening for real. And so a Taken like hunt begins.
Much like the popular series of Anil Kapoor (24), he gets limited time to find Sonam, or else he loses her. Anil Kapoor nails his character and really gets “ shameless “ to show the sides of fame which were never really shown before in Indian Cinema. Anurag during the first half is just a punching bag for Anil, all he does is laugh and Anil either punches him or holds him by his neck. In the next half, Anurag’s real performance begins and he brilliantly carries out his role. The music by Arunash Bhatt is top-notch and groovy.
Overall, AK vs AK is a different kind of film which you simply can’t miss, you will enjoy it or not, it’s up to you but it’s a new kind of experience for Indian Cinema and deserves to be highly appreciated. Anurag Kashyap at one point in the film says ” It’s the first realistic film with a superstar, not directed by Shyam Benegal.” This line single-handedly proves how unique the film is. Clearly an amazing gift from Vikramaditya Motwane on this Christmas.
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Anurag Kashyap, Yogita Bihani, Sonam Kapoor, Harshvardhan Kapoor.
Director: Vikramaditya Motwane.