The Legend of Michael Mishra

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quick review:

When Curcuit does a half-hearted attempt at being Munnabhai and fails.

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Director: Manish Jha
Running time: 120 minutes
Genres: Comedy, Romance
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In their childhood, boy sees girl and girl sees boy. Love at first sight happens. They part as soon as they meet. Years later guess what happens? How is this even a story? How is the story of this character legendary? I very consciously try not to say this about any film, but I am so close to asking - why is “The Legend of Michael Mishra” even a movie?

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.

- meeta, a part of the audience

16 reviewers(?) - 0 yays 1 so-so 15 nays

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So-So, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...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. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...The Legend of Michael Mishra, just like the non-existent chemistry between its lead couple, is a big naught. ... full review

Thumbs down, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL MISHRA offers absolutely nothing new to the cine goers and has an extremely disjointed narrative. The film is bound to struggle at the box-office. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...The Legend Of Michael Mishra suffers from some very amateur execution. The film's got decent music, a very talented cast, but it seems the makers were hell bent on making this flick with a surreal and bizarre tone. Looks like they got a little too cheeky. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The script is terribly hackneyed, the dialogues, set-up, characters are neither real nor believable. The treatment is neither stylish nor funny. The point-of-view here is entirely ridiculous. It’s so obvious and blatantly compromised that you will see the eventual outcome coming from a mile. Aditi Rao Hydari does her valiant best to rouse up some interest but it’s just not happening!... full review

Thumbs down, by Jaiwantika Dutta Dhupkar, : ...All in all, The Legend Of Michael Mishra is a confused, bizarre film, and an insincere effort. It has too many loose ends, and much of the storytelling is left to faulty narrative devices. Not a film you'd catch even on TV. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Rohit Vats, 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.... full review

Thumbs down, IBN Live : ...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. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Suhani Singh, 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... full review

Thumbs down, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ... full review

Thumbs down, by Shaheen Parkar , MiD DAY : ...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.... full review

Thumbs down, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...In a scene from this film, Arshad Warsi's character is seen wolfing down chillies in a reality show called 'Bihar is full of talent'. His bloodshot eyes well up, his nose bleeds and he soon requires medical attention. What his character goes through in that scene best summarises the experience of watching this film. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Bihar mein toh kuch bhi ho sakta hain (anything can happen in Bihar), somebody yelps in the film. But even that dictum cannot explain why anyone should invest time and money on a film as insufferable as this one. ... full review

Thumbs down, by IANS, Sify Movies : ...Overall, this film is far from a strikingly designed epic and is not worth the ticket price. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu : ...Despite the heavy duty title the film plays out so flat and lifeless that the viewer couldn’t care less. What you get in the name of whimsy is sheer inanity, boredom and irritation. Some Groucho Marx masks may have been worn by the characters in a couple of the scenes in the film but that doesn’t lend the film any of Marx’s crackling humour. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India : ...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.... full review

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Lots of fight sequences
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: None
  • Concept: That of walking the whole mile for love
  • General Look and Feel: Loud and bright

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Running time:
120 minutes

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Oh, dear - sounds like you didn't like this one at all.

So who's the male lead? Arshad Warsi or Boman Irani?

@timeliebe Well, it is Arshad Warsi. But how does it matter. :/

@Meeta - because we're all kind of Arshad Warsi fans...?

Also Boman Irani, though he's done more films we haven't liked that much. As I've said elsewhere, he's this really talented actor who sometimes seems to coast in his roles - but when he brings his A-game, I think he may be one of India's best film actors.

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