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The Legend Of Michael Mishra Movie Review: It Is An Animation Film!

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Michael Mishra Is An Animation Film Masquerading As A Feature

Starring: Arshad Warsi, Adito Rao Hydari,Boman Irani

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Written & Directed: Manish Jha

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Movie Review: It took me a while to figure out what is wrong with Manish Jha’s third feature film, and his first in 9 years.

The Legend  Of Michael Mishra is the movie equivalent of Eddie Redmayne’s character in The Danish Girl. This is a case of role assumption, a personality masquerade. While Eddie played a girl trapped in a man’s body The Legend Of Michael Mishra is an animation film masquerading as a feature.

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There is no other explanation for the filmed ferocity of cartoonish excesses that slash across the 2-hour film  in  flinch-inducing flamboyance…The savagely broad  satirical strokes with which the characters are painted make the people who populate Manish’s world like like puppets on a swig. These Bihari characters look so drunk they would find it hard to enter Nitish Kumar’s Bihar during these trying times of Prohibition.

Ironically Bihar is where Michael Mishra is set. Even more ironically the director who imbues infinite bravado into his boorish clan of caricatural characters is from Bihar.

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The Legend Of Michael Mishra—the ‘legend’ of the title has got to bw entirely sarcastic—lamely lampoons the legendary ‘Laila-Majnu’ love tales ,projecting the passion of timeless love  on a smalltime tailor turned  kidnapper. Michael Mishra is played by Arshad Warsi whose ‘Bihari’ accent keeps slipping off like loose-fitting slippers that have seen better days.

Michael’s life changes the day his eyes fall on the beauteous Varsha. This is the kind of everlasting love that poets have sighed and moaned over for an eternity, here reduced to murky mockery. And truly, the incandescent Ms AditiRao is just about the only object of aestheticism  in this tackily-done take on people and places so tacky, they makeAnurag Kashyap’s world look relatively posh.

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A major problem is financial rather than creative. The director uses 6 junior artistes when he requires 16. A low-income housing colony in Mumbai masquerades(that word again!) as a residential colony in Patna. A hand-driven rickshaw positioned strategically in the frame is supposed to suggest we are in Bihar, when we are not.

But that’s okay. Manish Jha needn’t feel guilty. Prakash Jha shot all his Bihar film in the outskirts of Mumbai and Bhopal.

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This is a Bihar that exists only in writer-director Manish Jha’s mind.A rock band in Patna shrieks a number on  stage .An aspiring singer, probably taking offence to the ‘guy’ monopoly prevalent in the film, sings a  whole song in praise of the holy cow.Arshad’s sidekick  , played by Boman Irani’s son Kayoze , is named ‘Half pant’ because he wears one all through.

And that’s the long and ‘shorts’  of it.

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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 cartoon character whom narrator Boman Irani has invented at a roadside daba to entertain an American tourist(chalo, 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 .

 

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Why On  Earth Is Sushmita Sen Smoking A Cigar In Aarya’s First  Look?

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Season 3  of Aarya is being shot as  you read this, and naturally Sushmita Sen is  super-kicked about it, so kicked that she has put  out a  video where she is seen  in the  best Lady Boss version of herself.

Alarmingly, she is seen puffing away at a  cigar, to  complete her Badass Lady Boss image.

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 There was a  time when women smoking  cigarettes  in Hindi cinema signaled vampishness. If a female actor was  shown smoking it meant she had evil designs  over the  hero, and life in general.

 Sushmita being Sushmita, a cigarette won’t do. A  cigar it is, to go with her formidable image. The last Bollywood actor I saw smoking a cigar  on screen was Premnath in the 1970s. Back then so  many  people didn’t die of cancer  by smoking.

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 These are  different far more dangerous  and deadly times.

Sushmita is an iconic  actor.She  needs to be more careful about the image  she projects . Smoking  a  cigar doesn’t  enhance a woman’s(or a  man’s) muscle power. Nor does it make her look cool.

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About shooting for the third season of Aarya  Sushmita says, “Aarya is synonymous with my name.  I have lived as Aarya for two whole seasons and the love received by the audiences has only encouraged me to do more. Walking on the sets of Aarya Season 3 makes me feel at home and gives me  a sense of empowerment. I’m grateful to the entire team at Disney+ Hotstar, Ram Madhvani Films and Endemol Shine India for the vision of creating Aarya and taking it to newer heights with every season.”

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Shah Rukh, Deepika, John Will Meet The Media  On Monday At 4 pm(But There’s  A Catch)

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Pathaan has effectually discredited the  efficacy  of media interactions to promote  a  film. The  film’s lead actors Shah Rukh  Khan, Deepika Padukone  and John Abraham did not conduct any  press or portal interviews  to  promote the  film.

And  yet Pathaan  is  a blockbuster.

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 This  weekend  the Pathaan producer Aditya  Chopra  of  Yash Raj Films  took a call on behalf  of  the Pathaan team  to do one media  meet at the Taj Land’s End in Mumbai  on Monday January 30 at 4 pm.

The  three principal actors  and  director Siddharth Malhotra  will address  the  media.

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 But  here’s the catch: the media will not be allowed to ask any questions. There will be no  Q& A s or  one-on-one  interactions.This  basically means that the  Pathaan  team will  have an opportunity to  say what it wants  to the media. But the  media will have no say.

Make what  you will of this  one-way traffic.

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A  source close  to Yash Raj informs  me that this is  the   pattern  regarding the media that  Yash Raj will follow for  future  releases: no  press meets  no promotional  engagements.

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Fake Projects of Pathaan Director Being Planted In Media

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Siddharth Anand Denies Considering  Any Project With  Deepak Mukut

A  word of caution to those marketing and publicity wizkids  who think  it’s okay to  plant fake stories  on (fake) projects  with the Pathaan director.

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 It is  not.

Such baseless announcements  are meant only to  raise  the equity  of the  producers  with whom Siddharth   Anand’s name is  linked. One  such  producer whose name  has cropped up after the  spectacular success of  Pathaan is  Deepak Mukut.

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There were  reports  everywhere that Siddharth Anand’s next would  be with Mukut.

Turned out to be a false rumour.

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A  source in the  know informs, “Siddharth now has to complete Fighter  starring Hrithik Roshan and  Deepika Padukone  for Yash Raj.Then  he  is   committed to direct the sequel to War 2 for  Yash Raj films.  They will then start  work on the  next film in the Pathaan  franchise. There is no scope  or  room for any outside  projects  for Siddharth Anand. So every announcement  that  you read of a  new film  to be  directed by Siddharth Anand  for an  outside  producer is likely to  be  a hundred  percent fake.”

When I asked Siddharth Anand  about the  supposed project  with  producer Deepak Mukut he promptly replied,  “NOT AT ALL.”

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Pink Director’s Next  Featuring Yami As A Crime Reporter To Stream From February 16

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Anniruddha Roy  Chowdhury whose  Pink  featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu was one of  the  most important  films of  2016, is all set to  release his  next  Hindi film.

Entitled LostAnniruddha’s film , based on true  events, will see Yami Gautam Dhar(that’s  what the actress calls herself after her marriage)  as a crime journalist. LOST is an emotional social thriller that represents a higher quest, a search for lost values of empathy and integrity.

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Inspired by true events, Lost is a story of a bright young woman crime reporter in her relentless search for the truth behind the sudden disappearance of a young theatre activist.

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Says Aniruddha  “The shoot of LOST has been an incredible journey. I have been eager for the release of our hard-worked venture. The film is a realistic highlight of media in a social context and I am sure that it will give the audience a compelling watch. I am curious about its release and see the responses it shall get. I hope they will welcome it with open hearts.”

Yami Gautam Dhar  who plays  the lead  of  the  crime reporter  says,   “I can’t be happier and more proud of the film’s selection for the opening night at CSAFF. I feel like its one that the people will connect to and will be the one that you cannot miss, especially in the current age and time. I have loved playing this role because it was such a special experience, it allowed me to explore so many layers of emotions as an actor and the entire team has worked really hard on it. I genuinely cannot wait for the film’s release, especially to see the reactions of the audience to it.”

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The crime investigation  drama boasts a stellar cast. Along with Yami, the film will feature Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, and an ensemble of younger talent, including Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpai, and Tushar Pandey, in pivotal roles.

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