Anubhav Sinha’s ‘Anek’,  with  Ayushmann Khurrana, takes us into the problems in the North East, but the socio-dramatic punch of this duo’s earlier work is missing.

Posted on May 27, 2022

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Spoilers ahead…

The big problem is the very direct dialogue, which makes us feel like we are listening to a political manifesto. The visual and conceptual touches work much better.

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Anubhav Sinha may be one of the most important, and also one of the most earnest Hindi filmmakers today. Ever since he made that U-turn with Mulk, he has been a man on a mission. There’s a Bhagat Singh line used in Article 15, that it takes a loud voice to make the deaf hear. That’s his guiding philosophy, which is why his films function at two levels: at the surface level, there’s the story, and beneath that basic narrative, there is the scaffolding of a ton of research. And yet, these are not simple-minded “message movies”. In Article 15, the dominant-caste protagonist is no simple-minded saviour. He doesn’t parachute down and rescue the Dalit girl. He has to first earn the right to save that girl, which means he has to educate himself first about life in rural India, understand what he is dealing with, and finally descend into a metaphorical swamp that symbolises all the muck that has permeated our society. Only then can he save the girl. There is this great line his wife delivers: “Hero nahin chahiye. Bas aise log chahiye jo hero ka wait na kare.” We don’t need a hero. We need people who don’t wait for heroes.

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