Akayla (transl. Alone) is a 1991 Hindi-language action film directed by Ramesh Sippy and produced by the Mushir - Riaz duo. It was the fourth film collaboration of Ramesh Sippy and Amitabh Bachchan after Sholay (1975), Shaan (1980) and Shakti (1982). Although their previous films were successful at the box office, Akayla did not do as well.[2] The story was written by Salim Khan. The film had the famous fictional Ram Pyari car, originally a customized Volkswagen Beetle.[3]

Release poster
Directed byRamesh Sippy
Written bySalim Khan
Produced byMushir - Riaz
StarringAmitabh Bachchan
Amrita Singh
Jackie Shroff
Meenakshi Seshadri
Aditya Pancholi
Shashi Kapoor
CinematographyK. K. Mahajan
Edited byM. S. Shinde
Music byLaxmikant–Pyarelal
Distributed byM.R. Productions
Release date
  • 8 November 1991 (1991-11-08)
Running time
165 mins
Box office4.75 crores(equivalent to 33 crores or US$4.7 million in 2019)[1]


CID Inspector Vijay Verma (Amitabh Bachchan) is a very lonely cop whose only family is a younger brother Ajay Verma (Aditya Pancholi), who is studying abroad. He also has two good friends Shekhar (Jackie Shroff) and Seema (Meenakshi Seshadri). Vijay sacrifices his love for Seema for his friend Shekhar, little knowing that Seema too was interested in him. One day when he arrests the criminal mastermind Tony Briganza (Keith Stevenson), he is shocked when Tony is released from police custody because his corrupt lawyer shows the court a videotape showing him at a completely different place, so therefore he couldn't have committed the crime. From this day on, they become enemies and Vijay is hot on Tony's trail every time he commits a crime. Vijay eventually meets nightclub dancer Sapna (Amrita Singh) and the two eventually become very close to each other.

While watching Seeta Aur Geeta with Sapna, he realises that two people can be at different places at the same time if they are twins. He realises that Tony has a twin retarded brother called Jojo, who covers for him each time he commits a crime so he can get away with it easily. He successfully gets Tony arrested and put in prison. However, Tony escapes and hides out at the house of Shekhar and Seema. When Shekhar realises that Tony and Jojo are wanted criminals, he tries to contact Vijay but Tony and Jojo find out and kill Shekhar and Seema. Vijay is devastated by the loss of his two best friends and is comforted by Sapna, whom he falls in love with. They both eventually some time later confess their love for each other and plan to marry soon. After the death of his friends, he kills Jojo as revenge for his friends and sets his sights on Tony. Tony is outraged by the death of his brother and now has his brother Ajay and his newly-wed wife on his hit list, he eventually tracks them down and kills them. Tony targets Sapna next and tries to kill her but Vijay saves her just in time and thus begins a Cat and Mouse game between Vijay and Tony. Vijay now outraged and wounded with the death of his friend, his brother and his brother's wife targets and aims to kill Tony once and for all but the police commissioner (Shashi Kapoor) warns him not to take the law into his hands. Vijay however cannot bear anymore deaths and punishment being handed out by Tony and resigns from police duty as he no longer wants to arrest Tony, his aim is to put an end to his criminal activities and kill him for good. Vijay tracks down Tony and even though he changes his mind and wants to hand him over to the police after being advised by the police force not to take the law in to his own hands, Tony ridicules him and after seeing that Tony can never change and will keep carrying out his criminal activities, he finally kills him. The Police Commissioner arrives and despite knowing that it is wrong to take the law in to your own hands, sympathizes with Vijay and welcomes him back to the police force.



# Title Singer(s)
1 "Kehti Hai Duniya" Alka Yagnik
2 "Mujhe Aaj Kuch Na Kehna" Sudesh Bhosle, Alka Yagnik
3 "Chal Chal Ri Chal" Sudesh Bhosle
4 "Aag Lag Jaaye" Mohammad Aziz, Manhar Udhas, Alka Yagnik
5 "Jeene Walon" Sudesh Bhosle


  1. ^ "Amitabh Bachchan hits and flops". Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 December 2006. Retrieved 22 March 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Cartrade (2015). "Amitabh Bachchans Ram Pyari-Volkswagen Beetle in Akayla". Retrieved 16 September 2019.

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