Aks (transl. Reflection) is an Indian 2001 Hindi-language supernatural action thriller film directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, and starring Amitabh Bachchan, Raveena Tandon, and Manoj Bajpayee in leading roles. The music was composed by Anu Malik. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics and being a box office flop, it won three awards at the 47th Filmfare Awards: Best Actor — Critics (Bachchan), Special Award Performance (Tandon), and Best Sound Design (Ranjan). Bachchan and Bajpayee were nominated for the Best Actor and Best Villain at the same ceremony as well. It is now considered a cult classic of Hindi cinema.
|Directed by||Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra|
|Written by||Rensil D'Silva|
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
|Produced by||Amitabh Bachchan|
|Narrated by||Manoj Bajpayee|
|Distributed by||Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited|
|Box office||₹143 million|
Aks is a supernatural thriller centering on two characters― a cop named Manu Verma (Amitabh Bachchan) and a shadowy killer named Raghavan (Manoj Bajpayee). During a conference in Budapest, the defence minister is found murdered. Manu Verma investigates the case and discovers that the culprit is Raghavan Ghatge, a sociopathic serial killer who works as a hitman.
Raghavan is caught. As he is about to be executed by hanging, his spirit goes into Manu's body and starts to manipulate the cop into performing acts that Raghavan wanted to perform. But he couldn't save himself. He goes to another town but is not able to find peace.
Eventually, Raghavan's spirit leaves Manu's body. Everything seems to be normal. Manu & his family go on vacation. Unfortunately, Raghavan's spirit is still alive and possesses Manu's friend.
- Amitabh Bachchan ... Insp. Manu Verma
- Raveena Tandon ... Neeta
- Manoj Bajpayee ... Raghavan Ghatge
- Nandita Das ... Supriya Verma
- K.K. Raina ... Mahadevan Ghatge
- Tanvi Azmi ... Madhu Pradhan
- Vineet Kumar ... Narang
- Pramod Moutho ... Justice Balwant Chaudhry
- Salim Ghouse ... Blind Guru
- Veerendra Saxena ... Hanif Kasai (as Virendra Saxena)
- Vijay Raaz ... Yeda Yakub
- Vrajesh Hirjee ... RAW Officer 1
- Gajraj Rao... RAW Officer 2
- Mithilesh Chaturvedi ... PM's Aide
- Amol Palekar ... Minister
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||16 April 2001|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The songs were composed by Anu Malik (while the film score was composed by Ranjit Barot). Lyrics for the songs were penned by Gulzar. Sunder of Planet Bollywood praised the album for being experimental and creative in nature and gave it a rating of 9 out of 10. Sukanya Verma of Rediff appreciated the album saying that Aks is a "captivating album with funky, experimental, new age music".
|2.||"Raat Aati Hain"||Shubha Mudgal||06:20|
|3.||"Aaja Gufaon Mein Aa"||KK & Vasundhara Das||05:23|
|4.||"Hum Bhool Gaye" (Male Vocals)||Hariharan||05:23|
|6.||"Bhala Bura"||Amitabh Bachchan||03:47|
|7.||"Hum Bhool Gaye" (Female Vocals)||Chitra||05:09|
|8.||"Ramleela"||Amitabh Bachchan, Nandita Das & Kavita Mundra||05:20|
|9.||"Rabba Rabba" (Duet)||Vasundhara Das & Sukhwinder Singh||04:51|
The Hindu praised the cinematography and music of the film along with the acting performances of all actors, specially Amitabh Bachchan. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama praised the visuals and music of the film but criticized the film for being too complicated and slow. Taran gave the film a rating of 2 out of 5.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|47th Filmfare Awards||Best Actor||Amitabh Bachchan||Nominated|
|Best Actor (Critics)||Won|
|Special Award||Raveena Tandon|
|Best Sound Design||Ranjit Ranjan|
|Best Background Score||Ranjit Barot|
|Best Actor in a Negative Role||Manoj Bajpayee||Nominated|
- "Amitabh Bachchan: 'Aks' gave me my French beard permanently". The Times of India. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- "Aks (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes.
- "Aks Music Review". Planet Bollywood.
- "Music Review – Aks – A Haunting Melody". Rediff.
- "Film Review: Aks". The Hindu. 20 July 2001. Archived from the original on 3 February 2018.
- "Aks Review by Taran Adarsh". Bollywood Hungama.