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Hours before the film releases and a day before the reviews appear, here’s what you can expect from this week’s release(s)…

bollywood Updated: Oct 25, 2013 16:48 IST
Serena Menon
Mickey-Virus-is-directed-by-Saurabh-Verma
Mickey-Virus-is-directed-by-Saurabh-Verma

Film: Mickey Virus
Cast: Manish Paul (film debut), Elli Avram (film debut), Puja Gupta (the one last seen in Vicky Donor; 2012), Varun Badola (last seen in Main, Meri Patni... Aur Woh; 2005) and Manish Chaudhary (last seen in Raaz 3: The Third Dimension; 2012)
Storyline: The Delhi police have hit a roadblock with a case, and now they have no option but to rely on a lazy computer hacker. He will speak really fast, pretend to type even faster and probably, save the day eventually. And win the girl, of course.

Director
Saurabh Varma (film debut)
As a publicity designer and marketing head, he has previously worked on numerous films including Shortcut Romeo, Chittagong (2012), Maximum (2012), Department (2012), Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya (2012) and Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster (2011).

Writer
Saurabh Varma
Although this is the first feature he’s writing the screenplay and dialogue for, he was credited as the creative producer on the cult production, Yeh Hai Malegaon Ka Superman in 2009.

Music
Hanif Shaikh, Faizan and Agnel Roman
The soundtrack has not created a storm anywhere. The title track and two more — ‘Tose naina’ and ‘Pyaar China ka maal’ — have been the ones that have come to the album’s rescue, they say.

Controversies/stunts
Yet another pretty girl, who showcases all but her acting skills in the promos, has been making news thanks to Salman Khan (the flirtatious host of the TV show she’s currently part of).

Marketing/hype
The film seems to have worked down south even before its release, which is why rumours of it being remade in Telugu and Tamil have already started doing the rounds.

Our assessment
It doesn’t have any ‘A-list ishtaars’ or action sequences directed by Hollywood technicians. No news of item numbers has surfaced either. This can only mean only two things — it’ll probably attract the attention of the folks who despise Bollywood trash, and it most probably won’t be making it to any of the Rs100 crore clubs, which as we’ve learnt, just might be a good thing.

For the final verdict: Look out for Anupama Chopra’s review tomorrow