AK vs AK Cast: Anil Kapoor, Anurag Kashyap
AK vs AK Director: Vikramaditya Motwane
AK vs AK Rating: Two and a half stars
A ‘flop’ director. A successful longtime star. And a story that is both real and genuine, which borrows from the real-life individuals of the two main characters: Anurag Kashyap, and Anil Kapoor, former, sharp, vocal, filmmaker of Dark Matter; The latter, surprisingly fitted, is still working, still in demand.
An early twist, involving a kidnapping and a forced-filmed-on-camera, requires you to suspend disbelief: what Kashyap we know may actually be behind the act; Is Kapoor always known for his ability, is there such a boor? Or playing two hyper-real versions of themselves?
Motwane’s film is not just meta. It is meta-meta, especially when some parts fall too close to the mark, and some are just off the mark. No one can become a star overnight, unless you are nicknamed Kapoor, smashes Anurag, which spoils Anil’s mind. The line is well-known about the surprising longevity of corporates and mines. But we also know that Anil had to work hard for his success. And will AK Junior ever say this to AK senior on his face?
Another major twist, which comes much later in the film, forces us to look back and question our assumptions. Is Anil, who we know as a hero on screen (a full list of his hit roles, including the evergreen Lakhan and Munna), is a real-life ‘hero’?
Any detail within this film can be perishable. So I will just say that I enjoyed this caper the most, which can easily be included in ‘Rat Ek Bat Ki’, or ‘Mumbai Raat Ki Bahan Mein’ or any other movie, in which people around the streets Includes a group of people who never sleep, where anything can happen, and where everything is like a dream. The reason it stands for, is not because it is where the stars live, and while the stars are on the streets, they belong to the public who loves them. Or wait, is this the character they play?
A sequence that gave me the real laugh, Anil crowds in, and becomes a chameleon: is he real, or is it all reel? He is desperate, looking for someone, almost at the end of his teether. But those who recognize her, keep a call for a selfie, rejoice at her one-two-ka-four-lakhan appearance. The crowd roars; Among them, we see Anurag in appreciation.
One of the jokes inside the film (you’d be the funniest if you’re an industry insider) is based on a film that Anurag wanted to make with Anil who never met, and look here, they’re together in a film Huh. I have always maintained that Anurag should be acting more: here he is toggling in Anurag, a track-suit and a pair of Balkinigas (are they real or fake?), Big glee and a momentary manicure. with. I have a quibble, though. The film was supposed to be crisp: it slides into parts, and you wish Anurag and / or Motwane would have shouted ‘Cut’ sooner.
In the end, we are left with that eternal question: Do actors ever stop acting, even when the cameras stop rolling? At its heart, AK vs AK, sounds like a secret fanboy fantasy. Anil has been shortlisted for yet another ‘Filmfare’ award (this time in the film, which is therefore fictional), and a corridor, in-place, dark glasses, every inch to come down into a star Are getting. The struggle is impure, hero worship is real.