Undercover agent Joshua (Ayushmann Khurrana) is on a mission in Northeast India. The country’s government wants a peace deal with the Northeast’s largest separatist group and its rebel leader, Tiger Sanga. But during this other other groups become active. Joshua’s mission is to pacify these groups. During his mission, Joshua tries to infiltrate the group by befriending Aido, the daughter of a member of the separatist group Johnson. Unbeknownst to Joshua and her father, Aido dreams of winning a gold medal for India in boxing. Even though she faces racial discrimination every step of the way, Aido continues to fight for a spot in the national team, hoping to make the country proud and be accepted as an Indian.
Will Joshua be able to end violence in the northeastern states and achieve a peace settlement? Will Aido be able to prove his worth and set an example in front of the country? Asks many tough questions.
Tired of the politics going on between the Indian government and the leaders of the separatist groups, Joshua asks – “Is it the case that no one wants peace? Otherwise how could a small problem not be solved for so many years!” The film questions the political parameters of maintaining the integrity and peace of the country.
This is Ayushmann Khurrana’s second film with Anubhav Sinha after Article 15. Here Ayushmann has looked different from his other films, strong in body and tough in body language. Here the actor was also seen doing action.. and it would not be wrong to say that Ayushmann is perfect in his character. The director has given many layers to his character, with which the actor has done complete justice. Andrea Cevichusa has done a good job in the character of Aido. 70-80 percent of the cast in the film is from the North-East states. Which brings the film closer to reality. Although the writing of the film is very weak in many parts, due to which you do not feel connected to any character. Artists like Manoj Pahwa and Kumud Mishra did not seem to contribute much.
After Mulk, Article 15 and Thappad, expectations were skyrocketing from director Anubhav Sinha. But ‘Anek’ has looked weaker in many respects than his previous films. There is no doubt that Anubhav Sinha should be commended for touching upon this sensitive and serious subject. But he has missed somewhere in conveying his message in a precise manner. Writing is the strongest aspect of Anubhav Sinha’s films, many have been seen weak here. The screenplay seems drawn out at times, goes off track at times… and fails to create any emotion. The film has many sub-plots that you want to connect to emotionally, but the writing is lacking. Anubhav Sinha has tried to cover all the problems of the Northeast at once, due to which the film does not give a chance to connect with any single issue or character.
The film has been shot in Assam and Meghalaya, where the beauty has been captured wonderfully by cinematographer Evan Mulligan. Along with this, he has also shown sensitively the tension rising in the villages and towns of the North-Eastern states. Yash Ramchandani could have brought in a little more finesse in the editing. Some scenes of the film seem to be repeating, while some have been filmed very long.. due to which this film seems to be very long.
The film’s music is composed by Anurag Saikia, which is average and falls somewhere between the heavy themes of the film. Unlike Anubhav Sinha’s previous films, the songs here do not attract attention. At the same time, Mangesh Dhakde has also failed to create tension in the film with the background score.
see or not see
‘Mane’ is not a story, but the truth of our country, our society. Although the film looks weak in some parts, but if you like to watch and understand films made on serious socio-political issues then ‘Manek’ is a must watch. 3 stars to ‘Anek’ from Filmibeat.