STORY: Vikrant, a tech-savvy student, figures out that he is not the biological son of his parents. When his foster parents get mysteriously murdered, he decided to find who his actual dad and mom are.
REVIEW: Fun-filled intro scenes, lively comedy, a handful of likable debut actors, Akatayi, directed by Rom Bhimana, starts on a promising note. The humour and fun gradually give way to romance, action and drama but not in a way that sustains the momentum till the last frame.
A smart college kid, Vikrant grows up in a love-filled atmosphere at home but once, he discovers that he is not the real son of his parents. The mom and dad who brought him up get mysteriously murdered, adding to his misery. Vikrant decided to find out more about his real parentage and answers to many questions bothering his mind.
Though a debutant, Aashish Raj doesn’t look like one and he carries off his character with effortless finesse. Rukshar Mir, who plays his lady love, however, falls short in putting across the right emotions and her expressions often appear deadpan and cold.
The first half of the movie succeeds in delivering an impeccable mix of comedy, romance and drama. In fact, the highlight of the film was the pre-interval twist which kept the audiences on tenterhooks hoping for a cloak and dagger second half. The scenic beaches and city view of Vizag added the aesthetic value to the film. Aasish Raj’s convincing acting skills, perfect dialogue delivery and felicitous portrayal of the character of a tech-savvy student builds the mood of the movie.
As soon as the post interval plot begins, don’t be surprised to be miffed by how the suspense unveils. The disaster begins with a forced song sequence between the protagonists which did not suit the moment, as it was just 10 minutes before that the protagonist found out about his parent’s death. Pradeep Rawat playing Jehangir, who is targeting to kill Aashish Raj, for almost 18 years, has a pic of the latter in which he is four years old and Jehangir had been digitally analysing on how Vikrant would look like with each passing day. Based on which Jehangir had printed exact look-alike photos of Vikrant to get him caught and killed. While the idea seems too unreal and funny, this was actually one vital plot of the movie. Although Brahmanadam graced Aakatayi with his 7 minutes of screen presence, it was too late by then to avert the washout. Ameesha Patel sizzled with her ‘Aa Aa Aa Aakatayi’ item song and set the crowd in the theatre fired up for as long as she was on screen.
Aakatayi is a one-time watch if you don’t’use your brains for the second half of the film.
By Mukta Badipatla