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Enemmy: Old-school masala!

Ashu Trikha
Mimoh Chakraborty, Mithun Chakraborty, Yuvika Chaudhry, Johnny Lever, Kay Kay Menon, Sunil Shetty
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As a film critic, one has seen many films like this appear and disappear. They are earnest, want to say something, and are almost always technically dated.

The problem is that what the film is earnestly trying to say has been told a hundred times already. The criminal-cop-politician nexus is always interesting, but so many films have already explored that, with a much better cast and execution.

Four officers (Suniel Shetty, Kay Kay Menon, Mahaakshay, and believe it not Johnny Lever), are given the job of eliminating the underworld nuisance. But despite nabbing mob king Mukhtar (Zakir Hussain, superb), there is no peace in the city.

A CBI officer (Mithun Chakraborty) is brought in to investigate further. Things lead to a mysterious truck that was disappeared along with cash in it. That the cash belonged to Mukhtar muddles matters.

The story moves forward, giving each actor his day in the sun. All of them speak high-voltage, seeti inducing dialogue, irrespective of their characterization.

Admittedly some of them are quite smartly written. Like when Kay Kay Menon says, "Police ki help ke bina, koi gunda bada nahin ban sakta." But there are cliches galore also as the politician groans, "Election sar par hai."

The good men are given names like Yugantar and Eklavya to glorify them. There is naturally one trusted cop on the team who is a Muslim. And one who is a Christian. That's enough done for national integration, Bollywood style.

Songs (Bappa Lahiri, Gourov Dasgupta) punctuate the proceedings, including a dance number that has the girl comparing herself to A-list actresses. Ok. But several songs are pleasant enough and you don't mind that much.

The performances from the largely middle-aged cast stands out. Mithun Chakraborty proves he still has it. Suniel Shetty can safely pass an acting exam. Kay Kay Menon is dependably superb. Mahaakshay is good as well. Johnny Lever appears miscast, but does a fairly good job in a serious role.

Director Ashu Trikha (Shatir, Zindagi Tere Naam) makes a film that gives you the been-there-seen-that feel. He relies mainly on the crackling dialogue and star cast to build the film. And that works only intermittently. He also adds enough raw action, as expected by the presence of Suniel Shetty and Mithun.

Enemmy is a just-about average political thriller. You can endure it if you like the old-school masala genre and can forgive the avalanche of cliches. And oh, that annoying spelling of its title as well.

Rating: 2 stars


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