Shah Rukh Khan
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The Legend of Michael Mishra arrives riding on loads of promise. For one, it brings Boman Irani and Arshad Warsi back together. We have seen the two in Jolly LLB and much before that in the Munna Bhai films. Their presence in a film tends to add some credibility. Plus the film features Aditi Raoi Hydari, an actress who has delivered pretty consistently.
Yet, Michael Mishra lets down.The Legend Of Michael Mishra is a love story wrapped in
The Legend Of Michael Mishra is a love story wrapped in garb of comedy, and plays with the theme of fate. The story is stretched over two decades. It primarily plays as a flashback when one dhaba owner (Boman Irani) decides to narrate to his guests the story of Michael Mishra. The film loses the audience in the first fifteen minutes itself as the story moves to flashback. It never manages to get the viewer’s attention again.
Set in Patna, this story is about a tailor called Michael. One thing lead to another and the tailor turns into a ‘kidnapping specialist’ who runs a major racquet. Michael meets Varsha (Aditi) and falls in love instantly. When he gets a letter from Varsha saying that he should mend his ways for them to be together Michael decides to surrender. He is sentenced to multiple lifetimes of jail while destiny takes Varsha elsewhere.
As an idea the story shows promise. Especially the major twist towards the end that turns the plot of its head! But the treatment is juvenile. The film ends up looking ke a college project. It is shoddily shot an edited. The set design shows lack of effort and makes the film look like a B-grade fare from the 1980s.
The saving graces here are the two primary actors – Arshad Warsi and Aditi Rao Hydari. There is a certain earnestness about Arshad, which makes him believable in whatever he takes up. Even in this outlandish role. Aditi Rao Hydari actually has the tougher role. She has dialogues and also needs to sing and dance to funny (really not funny) songs. And she passes the test with flying colours. Boman has no scenes with Arshad and is clearly a part of the film just because his son is also acting in it.
The primary problem with The Legend Of Michael Mishra is that the film draws its comedy from the language the characters speak, rather than situations. You may smile a couple of times but beyond that it will only make you laugh at points that were not really supposed to.
Watch the film if you are fans of Arshad and Aditi. Else you would be as lost as the director, who evidently could not figure what genre he wanted to delve in.
By Noyon Jyoti Parasara
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