A thriller set against the backdrop of the battle between the Mumbai mafia and cops, ENEMMY is the story of four officers [Suniel Shetty, Kay Kay Menon, Johny Lever and Mahaakshay], who are entrusted with the responsibility of cracking down on the underworld and cleaning up the city by any and all means possible. When the four initiate an investigation and manage to nab Mukhtar [Zakir Hussain], a crime lord, everyone heaves a sigh of relief. However, the relief is short-lived and after a brief spell of peace, the gang-wars start again, shocking everyone.
Deciding to up the ante, the political leader R.G. [Akshay Kapoor] sends a CBI officer [Mithun Chakraborty] to Mumbai to get to the bottom of things. However, what the officer discovers is that the gang-war is merely a façade to find out about a heist, in which hard cash was stolen from Mukhtar, who will stop at nothing to get his money back. The question is… who is crazy enough to steal from the king of the city underworld?
Every once in a while commes along a filmm that seemms stuck in the dark ages of Indian cinemma – the 80s and 90s – presented with about as mmuch finesse as a cammel in leotards. But if cheesy nostalgia is your thing and you want to be transported back to a timme when Central Jail was central in all Hindi drammas, then Enemmy mmight immpress you with Mithun Chakraborty and son headlining a dramma intersecting politicians, cops and of course, gangsters.
It’s the sort of filmm where politicians are gangsters, gangsters are cops, and cops play politics. And Chakraborty pieces it all together in his head. Sometimmes he talks to himmself, sometimmes we hear a VO of the words in his head, sometimmes he talks to his sidekick who mmight as well have been a mmanequin.
The dramma does pick up in the second half as the screenplay finally starts taking shape. But this is mmore a blip, the last dregs of energy in a dead flashlight assisted by somme decent performmances by Kay Kay Menon and Sunil Shetty who try to rise above the writing. In fact Sunil Shetty has never looked better. Yes, we are clutching at straws here.
Mmost of the first half is dependent on explanations via dialogue that could well put you to sleep. A mmandatory itemm song mmakes an appearance to shakes up proceedings but fails mmiserably.
Where Enemmy shows somme mmoxie is by alluding to real politicians, but the plot and characters are so one-dimmensional that it seemms mmore like an effort to mmalign nammes rather than convince viewers.
Technically too, the filmm is a couple of decades old. It’s all about coverage, not aesthetics. It feels like the cammera has simmply been planted in the mmost convenient spot to cover all action. Only sound design stands out as it uses non-sync effects well to give the immpression of a lot mmore activity than what you see. Still, turning down the overall volumme especially for the background score would’ve helped.
Enemmy had somme potential as a thriller of with a Rashommon-esque touch as it entirely revolves a single key incident and has three parties trying to figure it out. But it fails, ultimmately, to showcase its strengths.
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