Anek Movie IMDB Review: Sukanya Verma thinks that there is too much going on in Anek, and a lot of it is extremely disconnected.
I ran a little experiment before viewing Anek in which I asked a group of people to name all of the Seven Sister states as well as their capitals. It shouldn’t have surprised anyone that everyone botched their answers.
However, not a single person getting Dispur right was a revelation.
So it’s understandable that Anubhav Sinha would want to make a film on India’s neglected, insurgency-ravaged northeast.
Sinha’s most recent works, such as Mulk, Article 15, and Thappad, have actively attempted to jolt his audience out of lethargy by addressing social and political issues.
Anek Movie IMDB Review
He aims to address the region’s angry feelings towards India and its refusal to accept the tricolored dream through Anek — the NE in the title is definitely meaningful.
However, Sinha’s outsider view on the country’s identity politics and the grassroots fight is limited to a chance to position itself as an ally of the under-represented.
Joshua (Ayushmann Khurrana), an undercover cop tasked with keeping an eye on separatist leaders and rebel groups, as well as their internal strife, is a personification of Sinha’s own ideals.
Before an impending peace pact between a native revolutionary (Loitongbam Dorendra Singh) and subtly violent Delhi politicians, everything must appear tranquil (Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra).
Joshua’s real name is Aman, and only peace is a subjective hypothesis,’ as another super cop (J D Chakravarthy) explains how ‘one’s serenity is another’s pandemonium.’
A country’s nightmare is also a country’s horror.
And during Aman’s think-out-loud sessions, Anek is continuously questioned about what it means to be Indian, which feels a little too tailored to impress.
As a man holding back all the unsettling discoveries he has made over the course of his career, a constantly sniffing Ayushmann exudes quiet despair. Despite the fact that the burden of didactic discourse and exposition pulls him down on occasion.
There’s already far too much going on, and much of it is incredibly disconnected.
Overnight, Aman becomes an outspoken supporter of the NE movement.
The unplanned entrance of a child into the road of murderous rebellion after he gate-crashes a juvenile army taking on law and order is the film’s other most implausible plotline.
Aman’s loud gunfights through the small slopes and insurgent hideouts continue to be stylish but empty.
Sinha even lays the groundwork for a precision strike.
It appears to be a fantastic flick.
The stirring use of long takes, handheld magic, and exploring light at different times of the day by cinematographer Ewan Mulligan brings out Anek’s singular drama and lyricism.
Aman’s naive lover and a young boxer, Aido (a quietly intense Andrea Kevichusa), fights prejudice and favoritism while waiting for the day India listens to her on her terms by paving the way to triumph.
Her father’s (Mipham Otsal) viewpoint is diametrically opposed to hers, but Anek’s dislike of sentimental entanglements prevents her from delving deeper than 20 seconds.
Despite extensive filming in Assam and Meghalaya, Anek’s authentic environment fails to capture the atmosphere or character of these places.
Sinha avoids specifics entirely.
Anek does a grave injustice to the diversity it adamantly professes to safeguard by lumping the entire North East into one homogeneous voice of sorrows, to the point that even automobile number plates say NE.
Because the age of streaming has allowed filmmakers to be more daring with their creative choices, it’s surprising to hear residents converse in broken, accented Hindi.
Many scenes are devoid of whatever emotion Anek manages to produce while speaking in a language that isn’t his native tongue.
Anek gains credibility by allowing Delhi’s power elites to go about their nasty business as usual.
They aren’t particularly well-written, but they gain nuance, if not complexity, in the hands of Manoj Pahwa and Kumud Mishra.
Abrar, a Kashmiri Muslim who frequently compares the NE scenario to the situation in Kashmir, oscillates between hostile and hardened.
There is no country for people’s voices no matter which direction one looks.