The Legend Of Michael Mishra review: Forget it, the sooner, the better

  • Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 05, 2016 19:25 IST
Arshad Warsi plays a gangster in The Legend of Michael Mishra.

The Legend Of Michael Mishra
Cast: Arshad Warsi, Aditi Rao Hydari, Boman Irani
Director: Manish Jha
Rating: 1/5

There is nothing legendary about this film which glorifies a Patna-based kidnapping kingpin. It is a forgettable affair. But, what may stop you from wiping out this film completely from your memory is that it’s made by the same director who gave us the brilliant Mathrubhoomi in 2003.

Full Pant (Boman Irani) welcomes a group of touring students into a roadside eatery (dhaba), and forcefully narrates them the story of Michael Mishra (Arshad Warsi).

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Our guy wields knife like a pro and is in love with aspiring actress Varsha Shukla (Aditi Rao Hydari). But their relationship is headed to a dead end unless Michael leaves the world of crime.

Aditi Rao plays the love interest of Arshad Warsi in the film.

From reality show ‘Bihar Is Full Of Talent’ to a jail named ‘Bhairon Ghati Ka Kala Pani’, this film showcases the highest level of mindless buffoonery. An utterly bored Warsi sleepwalks through the film and keeps mumbling something in a dialect no Bihari has ever used.

It’s a complete mockery of the viewers’ sensibilities.

Boman and Kayoze Irani in a still from the film.

Warsi’s sidekicks, including the chief one Half Pant (Kayoze Irani), take the film’s absurdity many notches higher. It shocks you even if you stop caring. There’s no escaping.

Its banality knows no boundary and every actor contributes to it. The conversation between Boman Irani and the visiting students is shockingly lame. But, let’s not mark out just one scene as the others are equally sappy.

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The lack of hype around The Legend Of Michael Mishra isn’t going to help it either as it’s clumsy beyond expectations.

Even the most optimistic of us would find it difficult to sit through this cheerless drama.

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