Many is a 2022 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film written and directed by Anubhav Sinha, who also co-produced it with T-Series. The story revolves around an undercover detective who is on a quest to bring peace to Northeast India.
Anek was released in theatres globally on May 27, 2022, to mixed reviews.
- Ayushmann Khurrana as Aman/ Undercover Officer Joshua
- J.D. Chakravarthy
- Andrea Kevichüsa as Aido
- Deeplina Deka as Pavlina Hazarika
- Manoj Pahwa
- Kumud Mishra
- Loitongbam Dorendra
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Anek is a Bollywood political action thriller film directed by Anubhav Sinha that was released in 2022. Ayushmann Khurrana, J.D. Chakravarthy, Andrea Kevichusa, Deeplina Deka, Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra, and Loitongbam Dorendra feature in the key roles in the film. ‘Anek’ is a political action thriller about an Indian who will climb to power and lead his country to victory. Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, and Anubhav Sinha produce Anek for T-Series and Benaras Mediaworks.
In the film, Ayushmann Khurrana (as Amman/Joshua) plays an undercover agent. He’s employed by the Indian government. Amman changes his name to Joshua after triumphing over several difficult political unrests. He is keeping a careful eye on the political unrest in India’s North-Eastern area, where rebels are banding together against the Indian government. What’s the reason? People from the North-Eastern borderlands desire their own country and do not consider themselves to be part of India. Except for one girl, Aido (Andrea Kevichüsa), who aspires to be a fighter for India despite being mistaken for a massage/parlor wali due to her appearance.
In fact, the film opens with a discussion of how individuals from the North East have historically been discriminated against because of their frame, appearance, and culture. They’ve been dubbed chinki, or Chinese chilly chicken. And it’s so inequitable! Years of injustice have led to the formation of a number of radical groups in the states that refuse to cooperate with the Indian government. That is Joshua’s mission. To ensure that Tiger Sangha (the leader of the region’s largest militant group) signs a peace treaty with the government. But it’s not going to be easy. He’ll also be fighting another militant group, Johnson. But there’s a twist, and we’re not going to give it away.
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Joshua lives in the North-Eastern states as if they were his own for the mission. Has befriended the daughter of a militant group commander (Aido) in order to keep a close eye on everything going on. His loyalty is put to the test, however, when his superiors believe he makes decisions with his heart rather than his head.
Bollywood has a habit of introducing signatures that become associated with a particular character. Pushpa’s chin rub or Laila’s wicked smirk, for example. During critical occasions in Anek, Ayushmann sniffs his nose. But, boy, he’s a star as Joshua! The term gripping refers to his tenacity, love for the country, and delivery of dialogue. Andrea, a debutante, is the same way. She has a smaller role than Ayushmann, but even considering taking on an athlete’s role for a Bollywood debut, let alone nailing it, deserves a gazillion kudos.
According to industry reports, the film is having a difficult time at the box office. It reportedly made over Rs 10.85 crore net in its first ten days.
There isn’t much of a difference in the collections from the prior days. Anek’s failure could be attributed to Kartik’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, as audiences continue to rush to theatres to see the horror comedy.
Meanwhile, several other films have recently been released in theatres, which may signal the end of Anek’s career.
|Day||India Net Collection||Change(+/-)|
|Day 1 [1st Friday]||₹ 2.11 Cr||–|
|Day 2 [1st Saturday]||₹ 2.20 Cr||4.27%|
|Day 3 [1st Sunday]||₹ 1.95 Cr||-11.36%|
|Total||₹ 10.26 Cr(gross)||–|
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‘Anek’ is a very political film with a plethora of subtexts, including racism, representation, peace, control, armed conflict, progress, individualism, patriotism, and so on. Naturally, it is difficult for a film or any other form of art to perfectly handle all of these issues and do honor them all.