– REEMA CHHABDA
In the film, Ayushmann Khurrana (who plays Amman/Joshua) plays an undercover agent. He is employed by the Indian government. Amman changes his name to Joshua after overcoming several difficult political unrests. He is keeping a close eye on the political unrest in India’s North-Eastern region, where rebels are banding together against the Indian government. What is the explanation for this? People from the north-eastern borderlands desire their own country and do not consider themselves to be part of India. Except for one girl, Aido (Andrea Kevichüsa), who aspires to be a fighter for India despite being mistaken for a massage/parlour wali because of her appearance.
At times, the screenplay by Anubhav Sinha drags. You might find yourself squirming in your seat during the first half. Nonetheless, Sinha manages to pull you back to some level in the second half. This is a remarkable accomplishment. Perhaps it’s his emphasis on honesty that captures your attention. The characters are believable and well-developed. They are asking crucial questions.
However, there is far too much to do in order to establish a foundation and far too little time. The film’s screenplay is what drags it behind, since it fails to hold the audience’s attention after an hour. It was critical to keep the audience engaged throughout a film set in a hotspot of rebellion. Anek would’ve been a test of patience if it weren’t for its actors. It isn’t, thankfully.
Anek’s strong suit is its sincerity. It keeps genuine to the people of North East India, allowing them to make an impression through talks in their native language. At least in the second part of the film, the political conversation is practically spot on.
Aman, played by Ayushmann Khuranna, is a government undercover officer. He is deceitful and charming for the first time in his life. Andrea Kevichüsa makes her acting debut as Aido, a boxer looking to establish a name for herself amid the mayhem. JD Chakravarthy retains his laidback charisma. Manoj Pahwa is also amazing at his part, a powerful government figure who isn’t easily fooled. But it’ll be Loitongbam Dorendra’s ability to make the most of his screen time that will wow you. An elderly revolutionary who is preparing to sign a peace treaty with the authorities. As a man who has witnessed much too much bloodshed, his emotions are melancholy yet penetrating.
The soundtrack is well-suited to the theme, and Imnanungsang Tzudir’s folk song ‘Oh Ku Takum’ deserves special note.
Overall, Anek is a decent watch. If you enjoy political thrillers, this could be your cup of tea. If you go with the same expectations as Article 15, on the other hand, you can be disappointed. However, we recommend that you keep the two films separate and enjoy them as two separate courses. Who knows, in this day of political thrillers, Anek might once again be the topic of discussion.