‘Anek’ a film by Anubhav Sinha is a socio-political, action thriller set in the backdrop of North East India – one of the most beautiful and least explored areas of India, also called the Seven Sisters are connected by the Siliguri corridor, the narrowest part of the country.
The latest work of producer, screenwriter, and director Anubhava Sinha should be a milestone in Hindu cinema. After all, it is a different Hindu film set in the northeast of India and is vividly well-intentioned. To do this, he needs to get points. However, representation is not just about making a story in a marginalized community. Equally important is how effectively you tell the story to the community. Anek begins with face-to-face messages of racism to the Northeast and ends by wiping their faces with the lessons of Ekta mein Anekta (unity of diversity) through song. At the center of these ends are scattered plot lines, poor characterizations, and poor dialogues that paint a blurred picture of Northeast India.
Anka’s account is split into parallel sub-plots, which also navigate to the actual plot. Ayushmann Khuranna played a character of an undercover cop (Aman/Joshua). It was his trip when went to the Northeast region to sign a peace agreement with the leader of the largest militant group – Tiger Sangha. He joins the locals and befriends the daughter of a member of the militant group Aido (Andrea Kevichüsa). His intention was to get a place on the national boxing team, enough to prove he belonged there; ambition to play for India but to face racist discrimination. A mother and her little son and a message from their perspective – what they expect from Joshua and what the future they will see with him na on their side ’. There is also Aid’s father Wangnao (Mipham Otsal), who secretly leads a group of rebels against government troops disguised as teachers. Anek sets a big tone for diversity in the national team – the best represented Aido, who wants to participate in tournaments in the colors of the country that crushes. However, Anek opted for the old trick used in movies that are located outside the comfort zone of the average mainland Hindu runner: elision.
As various aspects of Anubhav Sinha, it is a welcome departure from the nationalist chauvinism that rules Bollywood. But moviegoers seeking “entertainment” can be frustrated. Anek is a film intended for specialized audiences with a trace of what is happening in the country. For others, it may be eye-opening for facts or situations that are less known.
Anek is a unique commercial cinema that promotes Northeast Indian stories and refuses to condemn guerrilla fighters as terrorists. Violence is not a scene here, bt is interpreted as an inevitable symptom of subordination and intolerance. Anek may seem instructive in his presentation, but it is this kind of information that brings political integrity to the film scene.