Movie Review Mickey Virus is lovable but could have been better

Movie Review: `Mickey Virus` is lovable but could have been better
Saturday, October 26, 2013 14:47 IST
By Ankur Karan Singh , Santa Banta News Network
Star Cast: Manish Paul, Elli Avram, Manish Chaudhary, Varun Bandola, Puja Gupta, Vikesh Kumar, Nitesh Pandey

Director: Saurabh Varma

Rating: ***

Well finally it's once again proved that the thumb rule that, only big budget movies or the ones studded with glittering star-cast, own the potency to charm the masses, doesn't hold true any more. Featuring Manish Paul, Elle Avram, Manish Chaudhary, Varun Bandola, Nitesh Pandey et al cine saga with its roots embedded in virtual world made it's way to cineplexes. This comic techno-thriller received a bleak response at its opening and could only invite a foot-fall of approximately 4 percent due to some very obvious reasons.

Mickey Virus primarily narrates the story of a Delhi based sloppy "computer ka kidaa" Mickey (Manish Paul) who in the days hours sits in his Poppi's (mom's) grocery shop, selling those wafers and biscuits whereas at night his main job is to develop computer viruses and provide hacking solutions to those in need of them, and to perform these notorious yet non-hazardous activities he has his own band of hacker pals comprising Chutney (Puja Gupta), Pancho (Vikesh Kumar) and Floppy (Raghav Kakar). All was going fine for Mickey and his gang of pals till the time Mickey has a rendezvous ACP Siddanth (Manish Singh) and Inspector Bhalla (Vrun Badola) who in order to hunt down a gang of hackers which operates online decides to hire a street smart hacker.

Before going into the details of Mickey Virus' script it is pertinent to mention here that ever-since the release of "Vicky Donor" our Bollywooders seems to have become more courageous in trying their hands on off beat yet interesting story-lines and undoubtedly "Mickey Virus" is the one belonging to the ilk, where scriptwriter has quite praise-worthily tried to bank upon the novel story ideas pertaining to virtual world. Although Mickey Virus shares not even a single point of reference with the former but the novelty of premise, dialect and the milieu where story has its base certainly reminds you of Shoojit Sircar's masterpiece.

Anyhow getting back to the Mickey Virus, belonging to comic thriller genre primarily pertaining to the world of hackers "Mickey Virus" can safely be called an out-of-the box cine delight for the cine enthusiasts residing in this part of the world. With a sound dose of humor and thrill, "Micky Virus" is a fine blend of number of rib tickling and on-the-edge-of-the-seat moments. 

Despite being a first timer scribe Saurab Varma seemed to be well versed with the story-line and has quite confidently dealt with the entire plot of "Micky Virus". 

As we all know that till this age of Indian cinema despite many attempts seldom a full fledged cine chronicle has been developed on theme of "hacking." Although we got many opportunities to see their titbit appearances in many sci-fi sagas. But "Micky Virus" does a thorough justice to its theme and never makes you feel psychologically tired while watching it and for this all credit goes to movie's director and script writer Saurab Varma, who quite conveniently assorted mild humor along with thrill and that too without leaving much scope for practicability. As stated that first half of the movie is solely dedicated to some light moments, but on the other side of the loo-break lies a thrilling and gripping story line which keeps your attention glued to the celluloid. 

With a nicely tailored script screenplay of "Micky Virus" acts like a cherry on the cake, where first half of Micky Virus showcases Micky and his don't give it damn attitude, the second half altogether leaps into different shade i.e of thrill. Glued together both these halves make "Mickey Virus" at-least a sensible and watchable tale. 

Lingo used in the movie typically signify the Delhite dialect, which up-till an extent magnifies the appeal of the dialogues, but counting them as something thoroughly captivating will be wrong. 

In performance arena, Manish has thoroughly embraced his character and has performed his part with quite an ease. In a short yet sassy role even Elle has looked effortless and lovable, but the men who deserves the major part of "accolade cookie" are Manish Chaudhary and Varun Badola who not only perform there respective roles with thorough confidence but also keep you enthralled with their expressiveness. Nitesh Pandey along with Puja Gupta is just fine.

Music of Mickey Virus with songs like Pyaar China Ka Maal has already occupied some space in the iPad and lappi's of Youngistan. 

As far as BO potential of "Mickey Virus" is concerned then certainly it is not going to earn much at the ticket window and may end up being an average grosser. To sum up, if you can feel satiated with a mild dose of humor and thrill with its roots embedded in a novel story-line then you should get infected with Mickey Virus.