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The Legend of Michael Mishra Review by Bollywood Hungama
The film’s director Manish Jha (who had made films like MATRUBHOOMI and ANWAR) lands up doing a shabby job with THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL MISHRA. Even the presence of a seasoned actor in the form of Arshad Warsi, was just not good enough to salvage the film from drowning. The film has a shaky start, and continues to wobble till the end. What really works in the favour of the film is the sudden twist (in the second half). As far as the performances are concerned, Arshad Warsi disappoints the viewer with his performance. His disconnect with his part is pretty evident as the film progresses. Even though the director has infused many of Arshad Warsi’s trademarked comedy and mannerisms, the sad part is that, all of this does nothing to the film. It lands up looking like a caricature and a parody of all his previous roles! Aditi Rao Hydari, knowingly or unknowingly, lands up looking totally outspaced in the entire film. Even though Kyroze Irani tries to do a ‘Circuit’ act, he fails miserably. Boman Irani, in a cameo is just about bearable.
The Legend of Michael Mishra Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
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.
The Legend of Michael Mishra Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
The story meanwhile takes us to some ‘Kala Pani’ a jail where Arshad Warsi is brought in by the cops in a bullock cart. You don’t want to know why and how he gets there, but her does. And you see the only guffaw inducing moment in the entire film when the jailor and he share a Jai and Veeru moment (from Sholay!) when the cruel jailor begins to play the harmonica and plays Elvis’s ‘I can’t help falling in love with you!’ Of all the songs to choose! The ending is so terrible, you facepalm when you realise FP is really Half Pant grown up. This legend is best forgotten.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
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.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
The Legend of Michael Mishra is an unmitigated disaster: so ham-fisted that it’s all fingers and thumbs pointing in no particular direction. Arshad Warsi (looking dreadfully scruffy for the most part) and Aditi Rao Hydari (straining to get the Bihari lingo right) have never looked more ill at ease in a film. As for Boman Irani, the less said the better. What on earth is he doing in The Legend of Michael Mishra? One can only wonder.
Review by Suhani Singh on India Today
The so-called plot twist is easily foreseen, leaving viewers pondering why Manish Jha drags the proceedings to the point of inertia. The songs here aren’t just superfluous they are ridiculously banal, most of which Aditi Rao Hydari has the misfortune to perform to. Boman Irani’s job is to narrate Mishra’s legend to a bunch of tourists. Warsi’s desperate attempts at being a larger-than-life hero with a sense of humour are in vain for the script is insipid and utterly devoid of fun. Kayoze Irani is the sidekick who instead of providing comic relief is a source of constant annoyance with his OTT antics.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
Misraji decides to go straight and narrow because that’s Barsaji wants, and the film goes all over the place, thinking it’s all very quirky and phunny, but it’s as bereft of any humour as water in a desert. Yeah, I know, such a horribly clichéd analogy, but it is a perfect fit for the antics of Misraji, Barsaji, and two other characters who call themselves Full Pant and Half Pant ( who should rightfully have been labelled `Phull’ and `Haaph’ played respectively by the Irani pere and fils, Boman and Kayoze). Difficult to believe that this the same Manish Jha who gave us the throught-provoking Matrubhoomi, and Anwar.
Review by Renuka Vyavahare on The Times Of India
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.
The Legend of Michael Mishra Review by Indiaglitz
Director Manish Jha is known for his hard-hitting film ‘Matrubhoomi’ and some wonderful songs from ‘Anwar’. Sadly, out here none of his brilliance is visible. It’s shocking to know that a director with so much caliber ends up giving this filthy work in the name of cinema. Arshad Warsi is stale and repetitive. He needs to work hard on his looks and typical mannerisms. Aditi Rao Hydari looks good, but suffers badly due to the half-baked role. BomanIrani is wasted. KayozeIrani is loud and irritating. ‘The Legend of Michael Mishra’ is a proper example of good actors and director landing up into the fool’s paradise. It’s one of the idiotic films from recent times.
Review by Sameeksha on News18
The cinematographer took no pain to do any worthy work and lousy direction and narrative is a big letdown for the audience. From a director who has done brilliant job with films like Anwar and Matrabhoomi, this film is a disgrace. It’s better to ignore this tedious disaster and invest money on a much better small budget watch. As for Warsi, we know he has the potential if only he chooses to showcase it in films with better narrative and storyline. Skip this one and keep your peace of mind intact.
Review by Shaheen Parkar on Mid-Day India
In the second half, the actors seem to realise that things are not right. Warsi as an overgrown lover boy hams his way through the film, while Irani Sr and Jr go about their supposedly fun roles to lighten up the scenario, but in vain. Aditi appears to be in a perpetual state of discomfort. Warsi and Irani are known for their comic timing, but are sadly wasted in this one. This legend is certain to be doomed.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
It’s upsetting, but Warsi has aged, and unlike single malt, this doesn’t imply accumulation of character. Once an actor who could spell moronic mayhem even with a comatose script, he is today reduced to a caricature of himself and our beloved Circuit has lost some of his signature spark. Aditi Rao Hydari would want to expel this film from memory like her worst nightmare. She delivers an OTT version of the worst reality show audition. Kayoze is left to mouth half-witted lines that insult his potential. Even the usually in-form Boman Irani is wasted here as a dull sutradhaar.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
The movie gives a sort of tribute to Dev Anand’s GUIDE in one scene (aren’t the one who are still alive watching this enough that Manish Jha wants to disturb the peace of the Bollywood’s evergreen hero in heaven). An atyachar (torture) to the hilt where we see the Jailor after been saved by Misra is playing mouth organ. Saja-e-maut to such imaginations and creations. Ironically, the routine Warsi, Boman, Hydari and Kayoze make us belief that some things are normal over here.
Review by IANS on Zeenews
Nothing in “The Legend Of Michael Mishra” will make sense to you if you watch it as a feature film. Just pretend it’s an a animation film, that Warsi is a cartoon character whom narrator Boman Irani has invented at a roadside dhaba to entertain an American tourist (at least someone is entertained) and then, the imbecilic proceedings begin to make sense. Though you may still wonder what made Manish Jha made a movie about Bihari Romeo called Michael Mishra.
Review by Meeta on Wogma
Love stories in which the protagonists go to extremes to prove their love are common enough. Love stories in which the hero thinks he is going to an extreme when he isn’t really, can only get your eyes to roll. Top it off with lame dialogue and average performances and there is barely anything to appreciate about it. The Legend of Michael Mishra has no substance what so ever, which is alright, right? We are used to films with no substance. Well, this one has no form either.
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