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Too old-fashioned to be satisfying


An attempted thriller, shot in the old-fashioned style reminiscent of the late 80’s Bollywoodian pot-boilers, this film starring Mithun and his son Mimoh – now going by the name Mahakshay, together for the first time in a film, has little to offer other than the dead weight of a long-forgotten Suneil Shetty and a typically typecast Kay Kay Menon playing stellar roles.

Film: Enemmy, Cast : Mithun Chakraborty, Suneil Shetty, Mahakshay Chakraborty, Kay Kay Menon, Johnny Lever, Yuvika Chaudhary, Mumait Khan, Parikshit Sahani, Akshay Kapoor, Imran, Director : Ashu Trikha

Eklavya Karmarkar (Suneil Shetty), heads the four-member team of CID police officers assigned the task of cleaning up nihilistic underworld gangs in Mumbai. Naeem Shaikh (Kay Kay Menon) is a no-nonsense cop and Eklavya’s trusted subordinate. Eric Collaco (Johnny Lever) is a trusted member of the group while Madhav Sinha (Mahaakshay) is the new entrant who is sent undercover to infiltrate dreaded don Mukhtar’s (Zakir Hussain) gang.

Just when they have succeeded in wiping out most of the gangs involved in criminal activities, a political intrusion allows for a CBI inquiry into the disappearance of a truckload of unaccounted money. Yugandhar (Mithun) is entrusted with the task of unearthing the nexus between the officers and the crime lords and seems to have some kind of a sixth sense regarding the sniffing out of the details. It’s a silly style of narration that allows for little mystery or interest.

The film’s tagline – Law and Disorder – is a telling comment on the manner in which Ashu Trikha plots this misadventure.  There’s no method in the stupidly revelatory plotting or the inexplicable shoot-outs that fritter away both intensity and excitement with every accompanied but unnecessary chase. Foruma appears to be Director Ashu Trikha’s mainstay here and as expected stereotypes abound aplenty too. Music is typical of the potboiler with item numbers adding dead weight to the already heavy laden narrative spiel.

The performances are all quite unattractive to say the least. Mahakshay appears to have buffed-up a bit but he has a long way to go in terms of gaining acting credentials. His voice is still his weakest link and he needs to undergo voice training if he wants to be taken seriously as an actor. The rest of the cast, save for Zakir Hussain who is impressive as usual, are all also-rans who should just be grateful for getting screen space in an era of the Khans and the young turks who are close on their heels!

 Johnson Thomas