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Michael Mishra Is An Animation Film Masquerading As A Feature – Subhash K Jha reviews ‘The Legend of Michael Mishra’

8 August 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Starring Arshad Warsi, Adito Rao Hydari, Boman Irani

Written & Directed by Manish Jha

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.

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 »

- Subhash K Jha

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