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QUICK REVIEW – AK vs AK, Netflix

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By Neeraj Nanda

AK vs AK; Director Vikramaditya Motwane; Produced by Deepa Motwane; Written by Anurag Kashyap, Avinash Sampath & Vikramaditya Motwane; Music by Alokananda Dasgupta; Starring Anil Kapoor, Anurag Kashyap, Yogita Bihani, Boney Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Harshwardhan Kapoor, and others.

MELBOURNE, 29 December 2020: I never thought I would see such a 108 minutes Netflix stuff on a less-cold, but boring evening. In fact, initially, AK seemed to me probably AK-47, but it turned out AK vs. AK as a rather real-life docu-confusion laced with an experiential filmi potpourri. The insides of the much-maligned Mumbai movie industry come to the fore with realistic sniping between Anurag Kashyap (AK) and Anil Kapoor (AK). There is no dearth of inside ‘masala’ in the world’s biggest film industry. And, that is what Director Vikramaditya Motwane’s AK vs AK is!

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The theme is simple. Anurag Kashyap and Anil Kapoor play themselves as themselves. Anurag gets Anil’s daughter Sonam Kapoor kidnapped and the camera follows Anil desperately searching Sonam across Mumbai. This is a disgraced director Anurag’s journey into the life of a fading (or faded) film star in real life as he grapples around searching for his dear daughter Sonam. Or, maybe, a realistic take of the critical thinking Anurag Kashyap, about the issues faced by declining but famous leading actors in the big bad Bollywood. The theme was taken up in a Pakistani film, but here it is so different.

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This one-night movie’s script keeps zig-zagging with the shaking camera (intentional) as Harshvardhan Kapoor along with Boney Kapoor adds the much-needed pepper (or spice) to the Bollywood laid bare omelet. The common people’s adoration with selfie demands and the director-actor verbal duels make the movie-style rarely seen in Indian cinema. I saw this (people after actors) at the many Indian Film Festivals of Melbourne (IFFM), I covered. I suspect, they outwardly frown it, but as one leading actress told me, “Actually we like it.”

Motwane’s meta-cinema minus the Indian film censor’s scissors makes the movie an experimental wonder. The typical Indian filmi style cine-goer may find AK vs AK a riddle struggling with its unusual theme. It clicks. But, then this is also a consequence of the pandemic which made us stay at home and get glued to the streaming services. And the result is before us.

Hats off to the AK vs AK team. Well done.

Three and a half stars out of five. It’s currently streaming on Netflix.
All photos: Netflix

Feel good movies do not make the world a better place: Anurag Kashyap

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Photo: SAT

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 14 August: Controversial Indian filmmaker, Anurag Kashyap has said social media is manipulated and controlled by those who control our lives. Anurag was speaking during a master class with the media and film buffs during the ongoing International Film Festival of Melbourne 2016 (IFFM-2016).

The veteran and vocal filmmaker, whose ‘Udta Punjab’ recently faced the wrath of the Indian film censors, was candid and answered questions in a local café near the popular St. Kilda beach on a variety of subjects affecting the Indian film industry, religious fundamentalism, and new technologies.

Anurag Kashyap, who is famous for making new wave cinema in Bollywood, like Dev D (2009), Udaan (2010), Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 (2012) and The Lunchbox (2013), says “Feel good movies do not make the world a better place.”

Anurag’s Udta Punjab which quickly found its way to the internet once he won the case against the Indian censors, remains one of the most downloaded movies in recent times despite it doing well at the box office.

“It was a different type of case as the censor people called us and wanted to cut so and so scenes, dialogues, names etc. but gave nothing in written so as to avoid a challenge.

“It was because of the coming elections in Punjab, the censor was playing a game with us,” he said.

The director who also acts in a coming movie ‘Akira’, feels concerned about religious intolerance. “There is so much religious insecurity in the country and fundamentalism has spread all over the world,” he said.

About himself as a filmmaker, he says, “I am not good at anything else. I write my scripts by hand while traveling.”

Answering to a question on piracy and new technologies by SAT, Anurag said, “People in the film industry download movies themselves and complain about piracy. They download 60-70 percent of the movies. How can they fight piracy?”.

Anurag disclosed he was ready to start shooting a horror movie with Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1 and Part 2) and Radhika Apte (Parched).

- SAT News Service.