Director: Vikramaditya Motwane
Solid: Anil Kapoor, Anurag Kashyap
Author: Avinash Sampath
Streaming On: Netflix
A part of the enjoyable in watching AK vs AK is that it looks like you might be eavesdropping on precise Bollywood conversations. Past the façade of artists gushing about one another on social media and the rehearsed camaraderie in interviews, lies this – jealousy, dislike, insecurity, desperation and pure, loopy hate. So in a single scene, Anil Kapoor taking part in Anil Kapoor tells Anurag Kashyap who’s taking part in Anurag Kashyap that he isn’t an altu faltu chutiya. Anurag is the “chutiyon ka Ranveer Singh. Ekdum prime.” Which I feel is a fairly fabulous insult. In one other scene, Anurag pompously declares that he’s the best. “Mere baad sab gobar hai.” Each are deliciously terrible individuals. However don’t mistake this for the actual factor. AK vs AK begins with a disclaimer that it’s a work of fiction.
Director Vikramaditya Motwane and author Avinash Sampath assemble a story that persistently crisscrosses the boundaries of artifice and reality. Scenes within the movie are shot in Anurag’s much-publicized DVD library in his dwelling and in Anil’s luxurious home. Anil’s kids Sonam and Harshvardhan play his kids. Brother Boney Kapoor and Anil’s coach make an look. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has a voice cameo.
The movie is constructed as a actuality present. A movie college is making a documentary known as Better of Indian Cinema and the primary episode is about Anurag. Yogita Bihani performs an aspiring director, additionally named Yogita who’s trailing Anurag with a digicam, capturing the movie that we see. It’s being shot as we watch. The lengthy takes and handheld digicam recommend cinema verité-style authenticity. However on this movie inside a movie, there are layers and layers of deception. Like different meta motion pictures, the expertise is like strolling via a corridor of mirrors. Vikram reinforces this by capturing characters mirrored in mirrors. Particularly Yogita, who additionally has a credit score for added cinematography. It is a film that continuously reminds you that you’re watching a film.
I used to be amazed at how keen Anil and Anurag had been to exit on a limb. Each are sport for all kinds of abuse. They hurl colourful insults at one another. Anil cheerfully takes taunts about his age, his expired shelf-life, nepotism, the truth that there is just one star left in the home – Sonam. In the meantime, Anurag comes off as insufferably smug and borderline unhinged. Each are revealing the worst model of themselves. The 2 additionally get into bodily brawls – one takes place at Anil’s home throughout his birthday celebrations. The distinction between the cheerful household event and the lads tearing into one another is hilarious.
However AK vs AK isn’t an prolonged, insider joke. Vikram isn’t simply within the laughs that the set-up presents. He steers AK vs AK into darkish and unsettling locations. The movie additionally turns into a portrait of the corrosive nature of fame, the twisted relationship stars have with their followers – at each flip, Anil is requested for selfies and autographs however he’s additionally their prisoner. Finally, he has to turn out to be a performing monkey or as he says, bhaand. The guts of a movie is a scene in Dharavi by which Anil, determined and bleeding, asks the group for assist. However first he should entertain them. Finally the general public is the boss. As Munna in Rangeela so properly put it – “Apun public hai. Public kisi ko kuchh bhi bol sakta hai. Jiss mein apna paisa wasool nahin uska dabba gul.”
AK vs AK is watchable however like so many meta motion pictures, it will definitely journeys by itself cleverness and hits a lifeless finish. The movie is designed to interrupt the phantasm of cinema, which makes it arduous for the characters to have emotional depth. The thriller facet of it – Anil has restricted time to rescue Sonam who has been kidnapped by Anurag – additionally runs out of steam. Anil and Anurag, who’re virtually in each body of the movie, give it every thing they’ll however finally, the vitality flags. The final twist, which provides one other layer of deceit, is the weakest.
Nonetheless, I like to recommend that you simply see AK vs AK as a worthy experiment. There are some stand-out scenes right here – together with one in a police station the place Anil goes to file a report that his daughter is lacking.
Watching AK vs AK made me hope that some filmmaker remakes certainly one of my favourite meta motion pictures – Bowfinger, by which Steve Martin performs a director who shoots a movie with an A-list star, performed by Eddie Murphy, with out the star figuring out it. AK vs AK feels just like the much less joyous cousin of that movie.
You possibly can watch AK vs AK on Netflix.