ENEMMY | 22 June, 2013

Paparatzy Productions Pvt. Ltd.’s Enemmy (A) is the story of a team of four police officers, an evil builder and the joint director of CBI. Eklavya (Sunil Shetty), Naeem (Kay Kay Menon), Eric (Johny Lever) and Madhav (Mahaakshay) are four brave police officers belonging to a team named Unit 9. Pakya (Deepraj Rana) is their informer. Mukhtar (Zakir Hussain) is an underworld don whose huge sum of money has been robbed while it was being transported in a van. Yugandhar (Mithun Chakraborty) is the joint director of the CBI and he has the ability to visualise a crime that has been committed, which helps him in solving the crime and booking the culprits.

While Mukhtar is hopping mad after his money is looted, the people who’ve robbed the cash aren’t traceable as nobody knows who is behind the highway robbery. Unit 9 gets proof of the nefarious activities of Mukhtar once Madhav is planted in Mukhtar’s team, and the inevitable happens – Mukhtar is arrested and put behind bars.

Yugandhar reconstructs the crime on reaching the spot where the cash was looted and he suspects that the four able police officers are the culprits. He tries his level best to make them confess that they were behind the crime but he fails. Yugandhar even has Naeem arrested for some time but to no avail.

Soon, news comes in that Eklavya’s widowed sister and her child in Hyderabad have been kidnapped. Eklavya and Eric set out for Hyderabad while Naeem and Madhav stay back in Bombay. Naeem opts to not go to Hyderabad as his wife (Yuvika Chowdhary) is pregnant with their first child.

Madhav gets the news that Naeem has joined hands with Mukhtar and has, therefore, avoided going to Hyderabad. He confronts Naeem to know the truth from him but in that confrontation, Naeem is killed by Mukhtar’s goons while trying to save Madhav and himself, proving that Naeem had not joined forces with Mukhtar. Eklavya and Eric, who return from Hyderabad as the kidnapped had reached home safely, are distraught on learning of Naeem’s murder. Eklavya, especially, is devastated as Naeem and he had grown up as brothers after Eklavya’s father (Parikshit Sahni) had adopted Naeem when he was a kid. Meanwhile, the chief minister (Abhay Bhargava) and a central minister (Akshay Kapoor) of the chief minister’s party are keen that Mukhtar gets his money back.

What happens thereafter? Do Eklavya, Eric and Madhav avenge the murder of Naeem? What happens to Naeem’s pregnant wife? On whose side is Yugandhar? Who are the robbers who had stolen Mukhtar’s cash?

Ashuu Trikha’s story is kiddish, to say the least. The suspense about who the robbers are is out (to the intelligent audience) quite early on, leaving little excitement for them. Ashuu Trikha has penned a screenplay which is tame and terribly boring. Scenes unfold one after the other in such a slipshod fashion that the audience sometimes wonders if there was a screenplay in the first place. It would not be wrong to say that there is no novel or original scene and the entire drama is predictable. Why, even the action scenes appear routine. Perhaps, the only two action sequences which afford a little bit of exicitement for the audience are the ones in which Naeem is murdered and the climax. Dileep Shukla’s dialogues are mostly uninspired and good at places only.

Mithun Chakraborty tries to put his heart and soul into the character of Yugandhar but is unable to achieve much because of the terrible script. Sunil Shetty is not too impressive. Kay Kay Menon also fails to add much to Naeem’s character. Johny Lever is miscast and the little comedy he is given to perform, falls flat on its face most of the times. Mahaakshay is average. Zakir Hussain does his villainy in a routine manner. Yuvika Chowdhary gets very little scope and is okay. Parikshit Sahni, Sharat Saxena, Akshay Kapoor, Mumait Khan and Priyanka Upendra pass muster in special appearances. Abhay Bhargava, Abbas Ali Moghul (as Raja), Deepraj Rana, Sonu Trikha (as jailor), Vijay Upadhyay (as Deshmukh) and the others provide dull support.

Ashuu Trikha’s direction is routine, handicapped as it is by his lacklustre story and screenplay. Music (Bappa Lahiri and Gourov Dasgupta) is very ordinary. Lyrics (Manthan, Gourov Dasgupta and Shabbir Ahmed) are dull. Saroj Khan and Mudassar Khan’s choreography is nothing to shout about. Roshan Balu’s background score leaves plenty to be desired. Some of Abbas Ali Moghul’s action scenes and stunts are meant for the front-benchers only while the other scenes will not appeal to even them. Kedar Prabhakar Gaekwad’s cinematography is ordinary. Sets (Shyam Dey) are okay. Sanjay Sankla’s editing should’ve been crisper.

On the whole, Enemmy is a dull show all the way and will not be able to make too many friends at the boxoffice. Losing.

Released on 21-6-’13 at Inox (daily 2 shows), Metro Big (daily 2 shows) and other cinemas of Bombay thru Reliance Entertainment. Publicity: ordinary. Opening: poor. …….Also released all over. Opening was below the mark everywhere.