After watching Krissh 3, I was fairly disappointed with the final product and had little hopes for Mickey Virus. The odds were stacked against this pot-boiler; a TV host turned movie star, a hotshot heroine with no acting skills and a voice of her own and a newbie director. As the interval was announced and the lights turned on, all these odds just seem to fade away.
Mickey Virus is a comic thriller set in Delhi, India. When the Delhi Police comes across a case revolving around hacking, they begin their search to find a computer hacker who can help them crack this case. The head of the police team ACP Siddhanth (Manish Choudhary), stumbles across Mickey Arora (Manish Paul), a lazy but street smart hacker who can actually help them solve the case. Mickey runs a grocery store in the day and creates viruses for anti-virus companies at night along with his tomboy friend Chutney (Puja Gupta) who helps him with odd jobs. He is also head over heels in love with a character he has created in his game called “Kung Fu Chameli”. He will do anything to get out of hard work to do whatever he wants to do. Little did he know that ACP Siddhanth, accompanied by Inspector Bhalla (Varun Badola) is a tough nut to crack.
The movie starts with a murder in the high streets of Delhi and a series of boardroom conversations between the High police officials. A group of hackers from across the world is found to have entered the city and that’s where the story takes off.
Mickey, played by debutante Manish Paul is the perfect example of vela. He’s never seen attending college, always sitting doing nothing at the popular Chinese corner and a running joke in the movie of his mother always calling him to get some kaddu.
The Report Card: Overall
The movie has a great concept which does not fully transform into a competent plot. Debutante director Saurabh Varma has a great idea and actors but he fails to transform it into a perfect flick.
The promos first reflected it to be a complete pot-boiler but those expecting to laugh their seats off would be disappointed. The movie slowly turns on its head near the end of the first half; there are some twists and turns but only a few to grab your attention. The effort to maintain a perfect balance between a nerve wrecking thriller and a laugh riot results in the fall of Mickey Virus.
The Report Card: Performance
The movie has its funny moments. Mickey Virus wonderfully played by Manish Paul is the star of the show, seen in almost every frame. He is pleasant to the eyes and gives an earnest performance. It’s nice to see him portray a character successfully. Known as the best TV host on Indian Television today, he manages to come across on screen as Mickey which would have been quite difficult considering his fixed image. He manages to connect to the audience and gives an effortless performance in his first outing.
Elli Avram is disappointing. With nothing much to do, she just acts as the fantasy of Mickey, which ends faster than my popcorn. With little to no expression, I wonder what the firang obsession is for Indian directors today. The romantic track in the movie, though an important one, which takes the story forward is boring. With no real time to grow on you, the track seems like the Chinese Mickey loves to eat; it doesn’t affect you in the long run but sure serves it purpose at that time.
The second half is better. Manish Choudhary who plays the role of ACP Siddhanth gives a good performance; even though I felt his character was similar to the characters he played in Rocket Singh and Band Baaja Baraat. Raghav Kakkar as Floppy and Vikesh Kumar as Pancho, essay the roles of Mickey’s friends. They are good in their respective parts. For me the pick of the lot would be Varun Badola who is in top form in his role of Inspector Devender Bhalla. The man who once ruled television in serials like Astitva and Koshish proves his mettle as one of the finest performers in the industry today.
The Report Card: Music
The album isn’t that exciting. With 6 tracks composed by Hanif Shaikh, it doesn’t really stay with you once the curtains are up. Pyaar China Da Maal Hai is a quirky track with a blend of electronic but doesn’t really have the soul to make you groove to it. The romantic track between the lead pair is the best of the six.
Overall I’d say that Hanif Shaikh doesn’t really deliver the goods for this one.
Mickey Virus isn’t unwatchable, though with the running time of 2 hours and 15 minutes it overstays its welcome. With little thrills and some good one-liners, it may hold your nerve or bring a smile but lacks the magic of a Tere Bin Laden or a Khosla ka Ghosla. Nonetheless, I suggest you to watch this one for the performances of Manish Paul and Varun Badola.
By Ish Chandok
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Video Source: Mickey Virus | Hindi Movie Trailer @YouTube