Film Review | Mickey Virus
A dull hacker drama with a ludicrous plot
Writer-director Saurabh Varma sets up a farce in his debut film Mickey Virus. We meet Mickey Arora, known in his gang of Delhi hackers as Mickey Virus (Manish Paul)—and in cyberspace as Kung Fu Chameli—inside a den filled with gadgets resembling China-made children’s toys. There is absolutely nothing cool about these gadgets, crucial in taking the story forward. The lazy protagonist has a swagger, although his T-shirts have more wit than he does. His hacking companions, Chutney (Puja Gupta), Floppy (Raghav Kakkar) and Pancho (Vikesh Kumar), are nerds who could fit into an Austin Powers bubble, except here they are humourless and have to fight the Delhi police and carry out an embezzlement of Rs.100 crore.
The second half of the film changes tone. It goes into whodunnit territory, with a plot as ludicrous as the manoeuvres of the hackers.
Mickey Virus released in theatres on Friday.