The Legend of Michael Mishra Movie Review: For The Love Of Mike!
Whenever Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani have come together, they have delivered a laugh riot-be it the Munnabhai series or Jolly LLB and so, it was kind of expected that The Legend Of Michael Mishra, too will be a winner. However, though the movie ensures a few laughs, it is not really in the league of the films mentioned above.
The story, as narrated by FP (Boman Irani) revolves around Michael Mishra (Arshad Warsi), a kidnapping kingpin from Bihar, who decides to mend his ways and turn over a new leaf after running into aspiring actress Varsha Shukla (Aditi Rao Hydari), a girl he had fallen in love with as a kid. Mishra promptly surrenders to the police; leaving his loyal sidekick Half Pant (Kayoze Irani) to keep track of Varsha while he completes his sentence.
However, after escaping from prison with the help of a jailer, who is impressed with Mishra's desire to reform for love, the protagonist finds that Varsha refuses to recognize him? Has Varsha forgotten him? Or has she moved on after becoming a successful actress? Watch the film to find out…
Arshad looks chubbier than before and the long hairdo coupled with the double chin doesn't really fit him, but the man can be relied on for a few laughs because of his comic timing. However, romance is not really his forte, which becomes painfully obvious throughout the film. Kayoze Irani puts in a decent effort as the loyal sidekick, but it is tough to imagine him as a Bihari toughie. Maybe someone like Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub could have nailed it with effortless ease. Boman Irani, an excellent actor by all counts, doesn't get to do much, unfortunately. Aditi Rao Hydari is strictly okay as the coquettish Bihari dame.
As for the film itself, the first half brings to mind Munnabhai MBBS, which also had a kidnapping kingpin deciding to turn over a new leaf. The humour is juvenile at best, barring a few gags and the second half drags on and on, though there is a delicious twist near the climax, which hits you like a sucker punch (I really didn't see that one coming!).
However, sadly enough, a film cannot rely on just one magnificent twist in the tale if the story revolving around is it not up to the mark and this is what The Legend Of Michal Mishra suffers from. The lackluster performances, the pallid humour, the numerous and unnecessary songs contribute to making The Legend Of Michael Mishra a very average fare.