The Legend of Michael Mishra Movie Review


Michael Misra (Arshad Warsi) aka Bhaiyyaji is a Bihari tailor-turned-kidnapper who falls in love with Varsa Sukla (Aditi Rao Hydari), a wannabe actress from Patna. He sheds his criminal image for her and becomes a good man but can his transformation bring the two together?  While there have been reports of the film facing protests in Punjab owing to religious references, it won’t be wrong if it faces issues elsewhere owing to hurting the sensibilities of a ‘thinking’ moviegoer. For starters, the film is absolutely absurd. You wonder if the actors were given a valid script to begin with. It looks like they wore their own clothes, wrote their own lines and danced the way they wanted to without an expert guiding them whatsoever.Barring the Varsa, Sukla, Misra bit, no effort has been taken to imitate the authentic Bihari shudh Hindi or mannerisms. Patna seems to be recreated in some city studio and is portrayed as some backward village, which hosts lame talent shows like ‘Bihar Ijj full of talent’. The deliberate usage of poor English can be funny if the characters exude innocence. Amitabh Bachchan saying, “I can taak English, I can waak English, I can laugh English because English is a very phunny language,” works. Actors mouthing the mistakes as if they were rehearsed, doesn’t. “Thanks you”? ‘Thank but no thank’, we say.
The film aspires to spoof small town goons in a filmy way but the execution lacks style, substance and humour to fulfill this desire. You wonder why someone like Arshad Warsi or Boman Irani would agree to be in it. Arshad looks uninterested, Boman’s son Kayoze, who was nicely cast in Student of the Year, is just another guy trying to be funny because he is fat. The film’s extras come across like they were hired from the streets without any prior acting experience. Aditi Rao Hydari’s good looks is the only good thing about this amateurish attempt, masquerading as a feature film, aimed for adults. Don’t know about ‘Legend’ but this insipid film ijj epic fail for sure.

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