Enemmy could've worked well with the masses if it was the '80s era. In the present times thanks to the many films one has seen in similar genre, it fails to thrill.
| Mansha Rastogi
Alongside Ameesha Patel's comeback film Shortcut Romeo and Sonam Kapoor-Dhanush's love story Raanjhanaa comes a gritty action thriller Enemmy produced by Mithun Chakraborty and his wife Yogeeta Bali Chakraborty. The film is about law and order and the battle between the Mumbai mafia and police. Would it work with the masses? We tell you.
A major Gang-war has broken out in Mumbai city with a staggering amount of money going missing. Four officers from a special unit, Eklavya (Suniel Shetty), Naeem (Kay Kay Menon), Madhav (Mahaakshay Chakraborty) and Eric (Johny Lever) are deployed to stop the gang war under any condition. They nab the biggest don Mukhtar Menon (Zakir Hussain) but despite putting him behind bars, the war doesn't end. Enters CBI Officer Yugantar Sharma (Mithun Chakraborty) who starts investigating the case and realizes there's more to it than meets the eye. How the four officers come under suspicion for the missing money and how he stops Mukhtar's operations even from his prison is what follows through the rest of the plot.
The biggest obstacle in Enemmy is its dated approach. The entire idea of gang war, political intervening, the helplessness of the cops etc. is highly jaded and done to death in the past. Filmmaker Ashuu Trikha falters completely in creating a major conflict or reason for everything. Right from a one line mention of money going missing to a brief addition of the poor economic conditions of our cops to even a wafer-thin reasoning for a major gang-war, everything is half-baked and executed with excessive cinematic liberty. Owing to which nothing is convincing and you do not feel for any character.
Another drawback to the film is the lack of a strong baddie. Every known actor is righteous and fighting a battle against the bad leaving only a repetitive Zakir Hussain to play the bad guy who is neither ruthless nor menacing.
Even in acting one finds all the old timers finding their place in the film. However, the cast mostly shoulders the jaded script right till the end. Suniel Shetty appears completely in his elements and plays even an unconvincing part convincingly. Mithun Chakraborty too is stellar and a delight to watch on screen. Johny Lever tries really hard to play a stern cop in what would be his first serious film but blame it on his body of work in comedy that you can't help but giggle everything he comes on screen.
Mahaakshay also the producer's son this time around gets a decent part to play but he hams his way through it. Zakir Hussain gets stereotyped in his character once again. The man should seriously consider a switch in the kind of roles he is enacting. Uvika Chaudhary gets nothing more than a scene and a dialogue to perform.
To sum it up, Enemmy could've worked well with the masses if it was the '80s era. In the present times thanks to the many films one has seen in similar genre, it fails to thrill.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
1.5 out of 5 (Poor, A Few Good Parts)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Okay
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good