2 out of 5 (Okay)
Mickey Virus if stripped of all tripe treatment had the scope to be a thoroughly entertaining film but falls short and ends up disappointing the audience.
Mansha Rastogi Fri, 25 Oct 2013
With the changing times in the film industry it's presumptious to draw notions about a film based on the face value it holds. Who knew an Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Vicky Donor would become a rage? History seems to be repeating itself again with yet another TV anchor making his way to the silver screens, Manish Paul. The famed anchor of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa marks his Bollywood debut in a similar fashion with a quirky film called Mickey Virus. Will it be his Vicky Donor? We tell you...
ACP Siddhant (Manish Chaudhary) is in dire need of a hacker who can work for the cops and trace the illegal hackers that have been creating mayhem in Delhi. He comes across Mickey Arora (Manish Paul) a complete slacker who works in a grocery store by the day and creates virus for anti-virus companies by the night. He is lazy, directionless and pretty much the package that Siddhant doesn't want but with no option at hand he ropes Mickey in to hunt down the illegal hackers. Little do any know that this assignment would put Mickey's life in danger.
For long the idea of a hacker had only been given a smaller sub-plot in Hindi films but first time director Saurabh Verma brings it to the fore and promises a quirky comedy with the twist of a suspense thriller around it. However, despite having brave thoughts it's his execution and storyline that doesn't hold that promise.
The film is mired by cliches. You always have to have a hacker who is a wasted, lazy youngster. Haven't you seen enough of those in Bollywood films already?
Moreover, the filmmaker tries stuffing all the Bollywood masala into one film maybe to make it palatable but ends up with the half-baked muddled story. So expectedly you have Mickey failing to cope with the police regime and suddenly out of the blue breaking into love songs after taking a liking to a girl Kamayani (Elli Avram) who, no prices for guessing, is involved in a big conspiracy.
It's Manish Paul who helps you ignore the hackneyed take on the story with his highly entertaining performance. The anchor turned actor is hilarious and the only source of comedy in this apparent comic thriller. The Delhi backdrop too works perfectly in his favour.
Puja Gupta too gets perfectly cast in the role of a loud Delhiite girl. Her slang is apt for her role and also entertaining. Elli Avram looks beautiful but her lack of language skills gets in the way.
Over all, Mickey Virus if stripped of all tripe treatment had the scope to be a thoroughly entertaining film but falls short and ends up disappointing the audience.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
2 out of 5 (Okay)