Anek is a 2022 Indian Hindi-language action thriller movie, written and directed by Anubhav Sinha, who also co-produced it with T-Series. The movie revolves around an undercover agent of the government police (played by Khurram) who is sent to the northeast region of India to broker a peace deal between the government and separatist groups in the northeast who also want to secede from India. Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Andrea Kevichüsa, Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra, and J.D. Chakravarthy. Anek was released worldwide on May 27, 2022.
Even though “Anek” is an essential movie for Indians who are clueless about Northeast politics, it struggles to tell the story smoothly. The characters lack depth, the dialogue is dull and the romance between the characters Aman and Aido is painfully stiff. Now, know about Anek movie.
Anek: Movie Synopsis
Aman (Ayushmann Khurrana) is a secret agent who currently resides in Northeast India (state not given) under the alias Joshua. His mission was to bring peace in the form of control. The central government wanted to end the war by signing a peace accord with the prominent Tiger Sanga militant group. The aim was to allow the Tiger Sanga to run the state government, provided they continued to abide by the Constitution of India.
While the remaining militant groups agreed to support the Tiger Sang, another militant group was on the rise, known by the name of Johnson. Johnson was created by the Indian government to get Tiger Sanga to sign a peace agreement. They used an old picture of former Tiger member Sang Rongma to promote the rebel organization. The rise of another militant group meant that it would threaten Tiger Sang’s position as the sole voice of the people in the Northeast. As a result, they would be forced to accept whatever the Indian government offered to maintain their position and control.
Although Johnson was created by the Indian government, there was a group that started operating under the same name. They were opposed to signing the peace agreement, believing that the Tiger Sanga was betraying their people by agreeing to the central government’s terms. Their purpose was to strengthen their economy by supporting local businesses. They believed that economic independence would be one way to successfully claim an independent nation.
They also felt that education is important because only through education can they present their demand and explain their situation. They did not believe in violence, but if they had to take up arms for their cause, they were ready to do so. Ordinary people began to support the “I am with Johnson” group and many worked for the cause. Aman’s superior, Abrar Butt, asked him to hunt down the new militant group before signing the peace deal. What they assumed would help bring Tiger Sang under control was now another real problem to deal with.
In the middle of it, all was Aido. A young boxer who dreamed of representing India. After arriving in New Delhi, she was met with endless racist remarks but continued to believe that it was through her sport that she could represent her people. She wanted to draw India’s attention to the North East and therefore worked incredibly hard. Aman met Aida in her village and they became friends and were in love. For Aman, being friends with Aido was part of his job, while Aido knew Aman as Joshua and was unaware of his connection with the Indian government.
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While Aido was determined to be chosen to represent India, her father Wangnao did not believe that his people belonged to the nation and that he was fighting for their cause. Aman was surprised when Dido, Wangna’s close associate, asked him for weapons in exchange for drugs. They stole the drugs from Tiger Sang and wanted to use them to their advantage. This alerted Aman that Johnson’s group was preparing to fight the police and Tiger Sang men on the day the peace accord was signed.
Aman befriends Aid to get information about her father, but in the process, he falls in love with her. Wangnao and his group did not know that Aman was a police officer; they thought he was a merchant interested in investing in their war. When Tiger Sang’s men began searching for Johnson’s group, Wangnao ran away from his house. Aido had her qualifying match, but her father announced that he had to win his match and left.
Aman came to their house to take Aida to the airport and that’s when he tried to sneak in to gather information about him. Aido caught Aman taking pictures of his father’s documents and questioned his identity. He revealed that he was not Joshua, the man she thought he was. However, he added that his feelings for her were not fake, but Aido has since lost respect for him and asked him to leave.
Aman gathered information about Wangna’s current location and went to confront him. He talked about how he wasn’t Joshua, but a police officer. Wangnao was shocked to learn the truth. He then explained that Johnson was not one man, but all Northeastern people who believed in fighting back against those who tried to control them. Northeast people have always been discriminated against by the rest of India.
He stated that the Northeast’s only connection with the rest of India was through a small piece of land in West Bengal. When this route remained blocked, the northeastern states suffered immensely. The conflict made the poor miserable, and the rich prospered as a result. To earn money, people indulged in the drug and arms trade. Tiger Sanga men were involved in the drug trade and corrupting the youth. He believed that now both the state and the Tiger Sanga have realized that it is easier to maintain war than peace and this leads to never-ending conflict. Talking to Wangnae made him think about what it means to be an Indian.
While Aman intended to capture Wangnao and try him in court, his superior wanted to kill the man. A group of police officers followed Aman and started shooting at Wangnao and his men. Aman escaped the situation but was angry with Abrar Bhatt whose order escalated the situation. Abrar contacted Aman again to find out Wangna’s location. Aman knew the man was hiding in Myanmar and they had to carry out a surgical strike to bring the man into the country.
Abrar tasked Major Veer with a mission to help Aman. While the soldiers were about to shoot the man, Aman warned against it. He stated that he believed in the Constitution of India and wanted the man to be tried in a court of law. Upon reaching Myanmar, they found that another militant group had arrived at the scene and were firing at Johnson’s men. After both people from the militant groups were shot dead, Aman proceeded to capture Wangnao. Wangnao dropped his weapon and surrendered. Meanwhile, Aido qualified for the finals and fought against a German boxer.
Aman met Abrar Bhatt in New Delhi and brought him files of Wangna’s crimes as well as records of Tiger Sang’s crimes. He believed that if Wangnao was to be tried in court, then Tiger Sanga must also be arrested. And if they are going to negotiate with Tiger Sanga, then they must do the same with Wanna. Abrar agreed with Aman’s conviction and informed the media about the cancellation of the peace agreement after conclusive evidence of crimes against the Tiger Sanga was found. The two end up watching Aida’s winning match at the club and say how she was the one who won this chess game.
While “Anek” brings attention to a marginalized community, it fails to weave a compelling story. The movie tried to bite off more than it could chew and this is evident in how each character remains incomplete. There was great potential in the character of Abrar Bhatt, a Kashmiri Muslim bureaucrat, but we are left with only a few references to Kashmiri politics and its similarity to the struggle in the Northeast.
Aido was another character who was pushed into the background throughout the movie. Although what makes the movie work is Ewan Mulligan’s camerawork, the scene where Niko and his militant friends are gunned down in the jungle is captured effectively. In the end, “Anek” is worth watching for the way it deals with the issue at hand, but it can get tiresome and messy as it progresses.