The Legend of Michael Mishra Movie Review: A Hoax in the Name of Comedy
Official poster of the film.
Director: Manish Jha
Cast: Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani, Aditi Rao Hydari, Boman Irani and Kayoze Irani
In India small budget films have a reputation of being content driven and with actors like Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani on board you expect a Jolly LLB kind of surprise. However, things can go wrong horribly and amazing actors like Warsi and Irani end up doing films like The Legend of Michael Mishra. You ask, why? Such things can never be answered.
The story revolves around an infamous criminal who wants to wash all his sins to impress the girl of his dreams. While Arshad Warsi plays the title role of a sinister sinner Michael Mishra , Boman Irani is seen playing the narrator and Warsi's right hand Full Pant with his real life son Kayoze Irani plays half pant. Aditi Rao Hydari plays the role of Warsi's love interest and dancer Varsha Shukla.
The scriptwriter has made it a point to keep the plot meaningless throughout with not even a single hilarious scene or an interesting twist. Michael falls for a teenage girl and just hears a hello before getting sentenced for his crimes. After years, he tracks down the girl based on her 'hello' and voila there she is. The film defies all logic which is an irony considering Warsi-Bomani's last film.
In order to be a typical masala entertainer, the film is a drag and a dizzy ride which leaves you wondering about its genre. The very moment you feel it's getting a little bearable, another mindless twist appears testing your patience. Talking about the performances, Warsi disappoints with his over the top Bihari accent and nonsensical acts, Irani is probably the only saving grace in the film. His son Kayoze has potential and deserves a better film than this Manish Jha directorial to showcase his talent.
The film is a hoax in name of comedy as it's neither edgy nor quirky. The backdrop of the film is romance but you can sense no chemistry between the lead. Probably Warsi and Irani would've made a better pair.
The cinematographer took no pain to do any worthy work and lousy direction and narrative is a big letdown for the audience. From a director who has done brilliant job with films like Anwar and Matrabhoomi, this film is a disgrace.
It's better to ignore this tedious disaster and invest money on a much better small budget watch. As for Warsi, we know he has the potential if only he chooses to showcase it in films with better narrative and storyline. Skip this one and keep your peace of mind intact.
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