Movie review: Mickey Virus by Anupama Chopra

  • Manish Paul

    Manish Paul came to HT House to promote his latest film Mickey Virus. (HT photo/Waseem Gashroo)

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    TV host-turned-actor Manish Paul at HT House to promote his latest film Mickey Virus. (HT photo/Waseem Gashroo)

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    Puja Gupta also accompanied Manish Paul. (HT photo/Waseem Gashroo)

  • Manish Paul

    Manish Paul is a popular anchor of shows like Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa. (HT photo/Waseem Gashroo)

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    Mickey Virus is set to release on October 25. (HT photo/Waseem Gashroo)

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    Manish Paul is all smiles as he promotes Mickey Virus. (HT photo/Waseem Gashroo)

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    Puja Gupta promotes her latest film. (HT photo/Waseem Gashroo)

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    Puja Gupta plays Chutney in Mickey Virus. (HT photo/Waseem Gashroo)

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    Manish Paul makes a point as he promotes his film Mickey Virus in HT House. (HT photo/Waseem Gashroo)

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    Mickey Virus is a debut Bollywood film for Manish Paul. (HT photo/Waseem Gashroo)

Mickey virus: too Many bugs!

Direction: Saurabh Varma
Actors: Manish Paul, Elli Avram, Varun Badola
Rating: **

A somewhere buried deep inside Mickey Virus is an entertaining story about a lazy computer hacker in Delhi who is enlisted by the cops to crack a complex multiple-murder case and discovers that all is not what it seems. The trouble is, writer-director Saurabh Varma makes this story so unnecessarily long and convoluted that by the time we get to the great climactic reveal of who did what, we don’t really care.

The forgettable songs and synthetic leading lady, Elli Avram, don’t help. Neither does the somewhat forced Desi Dilli vibe — you know, characters going on about siyapa and chand mar deni hai. Or the laughable scenes of hackers with names like Floppy and Chutney congregating.

What does work is the dramatic chase sequence that kicks off the film.

Leading man Manish Paul lays on the goofiness a bit too thick but has moments of charm. And the memorable Inspector Bhalla, who despite being a supporting player makes the biggest impression — at one point  he comes across the locked phone of a murder victim and ruefully declares: ‘Aaj kal ki generation… kapde khule aur phone pe lock’.

I also enjoyed some of the T-shirts that the characters wear. One says: Jab Tak Hai Trojan. But if you’re noticing T-shirts, clearly the narrative hasn’t done its job. Mickey Virus works in fits and starts. It could have been so much more.

 

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