Director- Pranay Meshram
Cast- Nushrratt Bharuccha, Nishant Dahiya, Amir Boutrous, TSahi Alevi, Rajesh Jais and Kuljeet Singh.
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By Jyothi Venkatesh
The film chronicles the life of an ordinary girl Jyoti, (Nushratt Bharuccha) a girl from Punjab, who ends up with a job in Mosul, Iraq, and quickly finds herself amidst ISIS terrorists, fighting for her very survival, caught in the extraordinary war-torn world of Iraq. The film explores terrorism, isolation, ISIS, and the Indian diaspora in Iraq.
Jyoti manages to kill a high-ranking ISIS commander and fatally injures another top leader before successfully escaping from the clutches of the notorious organisation. The story of the film Akeli is about her bravery and determination to stay alive even when things are hard. It’s like she’s saying, “I can handle being alone” in a place where it’s tough to do that. Can she do anything for her survival alone (Akeli)?
This war survival drama Akelli highlights the harrowing impact of war and terrorism on humanity, especially women and children. Based on 2014’s ISIS invasion in Mosul, Iraq, the film shows an Indian immigrant woman’s fight for survival in a war-ridden Iraq. We get to witness her journey to India, which is full of threats, not just to her life but also to her identity. Akelli is a tale of many women who have suffered through war.
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Nushratt Bharuccha plays an extraordinarily brave girl who works in a garment factory in Iraq and how she and her co-workers are either killed or kidnapped by the ISIS and by mistake she kills their general and is punished by one of their senior leaders to get married and be a part of his harem as a sex slave and how she escapes from there forms the crux of the story.
Nusratt Bharucha is excellent as the kidnapped yet brave girl. She’s all by herself, but she doesn’t give up. She decides to stay strong and find a way to survive in Iraq, where everything is in chaos because of the fighting. Even though she’s alone and scared, she doesn’t lose hope. She shows how tough she is and how she can handle situations. The story of the film Akeli is about her bravery and determination to stay alive even when things are hard. It’s like she’s saying, “I can handle being alone” in a place where it’s tough to do that. Can she do anything for her survival alone (Akeli)?
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The performances by Nishant Dahiya, Rajesh Jais, Tsahi Halevi, and Amir Boutrous are also equally impressive. Akeli is directed by the debutant Pranay Meshram and written by Pranay Meshram, Gunjan Saxena, and Ayush Tiwari. They have done well but we have seen such dramas in Airlift, Escape From Taliban, Shakti The Power and in Hollywood we have had Taken, Not Without my Daughter, etc. The cinematography has hard colours to justify the gritty drama and the editing is super slick and the music and especially the background music is very effective. To sum up, it is a very hard-hitting film topped by a powerful performance by Nushratt Bharuccha.