Sonakshi Sinha’s Akira saw a rather dull opening day. There was almost no buzz about the movie despite having a stellar star cast that also included Anurag Kashyap and Konkona Sen Sharma. The movie, however, saw a slight growth in the business towards the end of the evening and opened with Rs 5. 15 crore at the box office on September 2. Day two, Saturday seems to be a little better for the film though and managed to mint Rs 5.30 cr.
The film has thus made a total collection of Rs 10.45 crore. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the box office updates says: #Akira shows minimal growth on Sat… Sun is crucial… Fri 5.15 cr, Sat 5.30 cr. Total: ₹ 10.45 cr. India biz.
Sonakshi, who claimed that the film came in her career at the right time, is seen in an out and out action avatar for the first time on screen. The fact that there are no other major films releasing this weekend, this could be an advantage for Akira.
Indian Express critic Shubhra Gupta wrote in her review, “Having a young woman kick serious butt should be a matter of joy: what’s not to like about strong female characters in male-dominated mainstream cinema? But what do you do if you are saddled with the most craven plot this side of the Vindhyas, which gives you wings, and then sets about clipping them? Sonakshi Sinha does a good job working the limitations of her role, but she alone cannot help this film from falling into a sinkhole.”
Check Taran Adarsh’s tweet here.
#Akira shows minimal growth on Sat… Sun is crucial… Fri 5.15 cr, Sat 5.30 cr. Total: ₹ 10.45 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) September 4, 2016
“Right from the beginning, director A R Murugadoss provides warning signals: a female using her fists cannot go scot-free. She has to be seen suffering, otherwise how will the mass audience flock to the film?” she added.
Directed by A R Murugadoss, Akira portrays Sonakshi in a never-seen-before role. The film is also the remake of Tamil film Mouna Guru.