AK Vs AK is a hatke film about a hatke film which a director (Anurag Kashyap) wants to do with a “yesteryear hero, yet trying to be relevant” actor Anil Kapoor. In that sense, the film is a mega meta trip undertaken by Bollywood.
For the 1st 20 odd minutes, you feel like you are watching a documentary series about Kashyap and Kapoor and this is the best phase of the film. After that, the story kicks in wherein the director (Kashyap) in the garb of the script introduces a twist. The next half an hour or so, the film meanders a bit and as audience we are led to a path of confusion as to what is real and what is staged. There is another twist which unveils itself in the last few minutes and alls well that ends well at least for one AK.
Anil Kapoor as the evergreen star puts up a fantastic performance and is almost real. This must count as one of his best performances of his career. Anurag Kashyap as the other protagonist is fine when he plays himself but towards the end starts over acting. The other actors have less screen time and mostly play themselves. The Kapoor family is almost in full attendance except for Anil Kapoor’s wife.
The film is directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and he does a fine job of maintaining a balance in a script which toggles between being real and filmy. Technically the film is made brilliantly and particularly kudos to the cinematographer Swapnil Sonawane who has designed the shooting deftly with a lot of steadicam shots as demanded by the script. The ‘on location’ shots are all lit intelligently to keep them real. Same goes for background score by Alokananda Dasgupta which keeps us engaged throughout.
AK Vs AK is an interesting experimental film that keeps us engaged and entertained for most part of the screen time. Its a good one time watch and if you are a student of Cinema, there are technique lessons galore!