|Cast:||Akhil Akkineni, Sayesha Saigal, Rajendra Prasad, Brahmanandam, Saptagiri, Hema, Mahesh Manjrekar, Vennela Kishore and others|
|Directed by:||V V Vinayak|
|Produced by:||Sudhakar Reddy, Nithin|
|Music by:||Anup Rubens, S S Thaman|
|Background Score:||Mani Sharma|
The story starts off with a little flashback about some science and how a particular metal ball made by ancient Indian sages after various calculations is the savior of Earth from the harsh rays of Sun scorching it up. Well, they safeguard it with an African tribe on the equator line. When a Russian mafia leader comes to steal the stone, an African youth takes it, runs away and hides it somewhere. On the other hand in India, Akhil an orphan who leads life by participating in fights for money falls for the charms of a bright student Divya (Sayesha) who happens to be mafia leader's daughter. For some reason, both Divya and Akhil move to Europe and there they dragged into this battle for Jua. How Akhil saves Divya and turns as hero in this battle is the rest of the drama..
Akhil has danced like a dream. His dance steps are on par with the best of the dancers in the country. He is good at action stunts too. He is a good looking actor too. Apart from these qualities, unfortunately there is not much to talk about his acting skills. A lot needs to be improved. Sayesha Saigal has appealing face and she very hyper active when it wasn't needed. Rajendra Prasad is okay. Mahesh Manjrekar and the other villain gang have given very bad performances. Saptagiri and Brahmanandam have generated some laughs. Vennela Kishore is good.
Technically, the movie has all the advantages with first rate cinematography, high standard production values, and good music. Amol Rathod's visuals are cool and his camera has presented both the newcomers Akhil and Sayesha beautifully. The music is appealing – 'Akkineni Akkineni', 'The title song' and 'Padesave...' songs are the pick of the album. The songs are also captured well. The movie is just two hours runtime, yet it seems a bit lengthy. Fights are good. Songs choreography by Johnnie are excellent.
Scenes based on 'Jua' in the very beginning of the movie arouse curiosity among the audience. Vinayak uses all of his experience as a mass director to make the introduction fight & song look amazing on screen. Then, Heroine's Entry and Few Funny scenes follow. Few scenes of Akhil & Rajendra Prasad bring the comic relief. Even though the Spain episode isn't pleasing, The huge action block in Interval is impressive and Akhil's feats were really stunning.
Entry of Brahmanandam as Johnson & Johnson in Second Half given the much needed momentum. Combo scenes of Akhil-Brahmi-Vennela Kishore keep the viewers in splits. However, The episodes based on 'Jua' weren't appreciable in the latter half and may be Vinayak should have shot them in a effective manner. The sequence where Akhil gets hold of 'Jua' escaping from killer fishes has been shot well. At the same time, The helicopter scenes in the Climax and fight with forest animals are a big letdown.
The biggest advantage 'Akhil - The Power of Jua' have is its short run time (2 hours 10 minutes) and that's why audience don't get bored. Visual Effects of the movie haven't met the expectations. Nag's cameo in Akkineni Song will be treat for fans. On a whole, 'Akhil' would have been a much better product had if the comedy quotient is high in first half and the 'Jua' scenes were effective in second half.