Manish Paul's Bollywood debut Mickey Virus hits theatres today. With Salman Khan endorsing the movie on his show Bigg Boss, enough publicity was done for a small budget film, hence raising epxectations. Does the movie live up to the expectations?
Not really. Critics feel that the plotline is too loose for retaining the viewers' interest.
Film critic Sanjukta Sharma writes for Livemint, "The humour has no edge and the performances are awkwardly exaggerated."
Tusshar Joshi writes for DNA, "Despite a strong support from the cast, the core material of the film is weak. The actual hacking and the way the portals and CGI screens look is very juvenile."
Critic Saibal Chatterjee (NDTV) thinks that the film, which marks the debut of both the lead actors - Elli and Manish - as well as the writer-director Saurabh Varma, is rather commendable for a debut. "In the cast, too, are two first-timers who pass muster - Manish Paul and Elli Avram," Saibal adds.
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express writes, "What I liked about this bunch is that they are not trying too hard, and except for a couple of exaggerations, seem just right for their milieu. They are all appropriately named : apart from Manish Paul's cocky layabout Mickey the Virus, there is Gupta as Chutney, the lone girl in the group but holding her own, Kakkar as Floppy, and Kumar as Pancho. And Nitesh Pandey, as the Professor, who knows everything."
Mickey Virus can, nonetheless, be watched for the actors. The Jhalak- Dikhhla Jaa fame host has fared well in his debut. Apart from the lead, character actors Varun Badola, Manish chaudhary, too have impressed with their performances.
Faheem Ruhaani writes for India Today, "Manish Paul, the host of the hit dance reality show Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa assures you that just like his predecessors Ayushmann Khurranna and Sushant Singh Rajput he has it in him to successfully make the transition from the small screen to the big screen."
Fahim Ruhani writes, "The comic-thriller is fast paced, constantly taking you from one unexpected situation to another. The dialogue is witty, full of repartees and with many smart one-liners that most characters, even the supporting ones get to mouth and display their comic mettle."
Saibal Chatterjee writes, "But this film, like the hacker-hero, is a bit like a Viru Sehwag innings. When it is good, it is rousingly good. When it falls short, it is exasperating. The screenplay isn't as smart as it pretends to be. It is neither all that funny nor particularly thrilling."