There is a small phase in the film Munna Michael where our protagonist and antagonist are sort of bonding. This phase happens in the earlier part of the movie and I kind of hoped things would go interesting. But Sabbir Khan had no different plans this time too. He deviates an interesting plot in to an ordinary Heropanti song and dance, action film.
Munna is this boy who’s father got him from the garbage (remember the 80’s movies?). His father was a dancer and little Munna also became a dancer who loves MJ. He earned a living in his young days by competing with people in night clubs and when that got hit by a road block he decides to move to Delhi and do the same. The film is about the interesting turn of events when he meets a mafia don at Delhi who asks him to teach him dancing to impress a girl. How the story changes and how it all ultimately ends is what Munna Michael telling us.
Like almost all the movies of Tiger Shroff, this one is also written keeping him in mind. There are action sequences and dance sequences at regular intervals of time showing his acrobatic skills and well chiseled body. But the film refuses to take a better path even after having an interesting conflict. It is the typical Telugu style exaggerated story where you have an eccentric obsessive villain and the obsession becomes the biggest hurdle for hero. After setting it up in the initial stages of the film, Sabbir Khan loses the grip towards the interval and post interval there is no real control over sensibilities. Characters are going to Delhi, Mumbai, Kanyakumari and coming back in no time. And the ABCD kind of dance oriented climax has too much of old school melodrama.
Tiger Shroff is simply repeating his performance in his other movies. He should try to select movies that aren’t really trying to give instantaneous moments of joy to single screen audience. Tiger is never a disappointment in terms of performance, but when an actor keeps on repeating the same kind of characters, it becomes boring. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has got a role that has a little more depth unlike the typical exaggerated Bhai characters. He pulls it off nicely with humor, anger and desperation expressed very effectively. Nidhi Agerwal’s character in the movie plays the love interest of both men and to be honest she doesn’t have the charm to fit into that role. She is much better in scenes as her expressions in songs were pretty dull.
Sabbir Khan’s films have always been those over the top mass masala ones. There is no difference in treatment here as well. The usual numbers of heroism gets used here. There is no unpredictability to the credit o the script. The romance and its associated drama are a bit clumsy. The second half has discrete humor which works effectively only because of Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The climax which is almost a replica of Remo D’Souza’s ABCD gets spoiled by heroics that were too old fashioned. And I found it really weird when Munna did all the dancing and Dolly got the trophy. As usual Tiger’s character has a catch line. Cinematography was nice. The music is in sync with the tone of the movie. I must say that some of the songs in the movie were really pointless.
If you have liked movies like Heropanti and Baaghi which I consider as one man shows of Tiger Shroff, Munna Michael will also be fine for you. I was really disappointed with the way Sabbir Khan was unable to make the plot interesting even after getting someone like Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
If you have liked movies like Heropanti and Baaghi which I consider as one man shows of Tiger Shroff, Munna Michael will also be fine for you.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended