Banner: Eros International
Producers: Eros International and Viki Rajani
Director: Sabbir Khan
Cast: Tiger Shroff, Nawazuddin
Siddiqui, Nidhhi Agerwal, Ronit Roy, Pankaj Tripathi
Writer: Vimi Datta
Music: Vishal Mishra
A classic love triangle but with two heroes and a heroine who is neither fit to play the leading lady nor familiar with the ‘A’ of acting. That’s just another way of summing up dance-drama Munna Michael.
If the unusual casting of Nawazuddin Siddique (he manages to entertain but we’re still wondering what possessed the seasoned actor to do a film like this!) opposite Tiger Shroff piqued your curiosity, don’t waste good money or your precious time watching this film. Apart from the many flaws that have buried a potentially good entertainer, the writer and director have made no effort to play off this intriguing pairing.
Munna Michael is set in 1995 Mumbai, where Michael (Ronit Roy) is a middle-aged dancer, who has been axed as a background dancer from his dance troupe. With a broken heart, he comes across a baby tossed in a dustbin. Michael adopts the child and raises him as Munna. The boy grows up to become a huge fan of Michael Jackson and is in awe of his dance moves. His foster father, Michael, bitter after his own experience as a dancer, tries to steer Munna away from a career in dance and encourages him to take up work in the corporate world.
But dancing is in his blood and Munna keeps visiting clubs and challenging people to dance-offs, thereby making money from this. After he is barred from doing this in Mumbai’s clubs, Munna goes to Delhi, where he meets Mahinder (Nawazudin Siddiqui), a gangster, and also sets eyes on a girl whose passion is dance. The girl in question is Dolly aka Deepika Sharma (Nidhhi Agerwal), the heroine of our film.
Dolly’s dream is to win a dance show on TV and, after watching Munna’s dancing skills, Mahinder asks Munna to teach him to dance to impress the girl he loves – the very same Dolly! Predictably, Munna falls for Dolly and she for him. What ensues forms the crux of the film.
The central idea of the film is definitely not out-of-the-box, but what really raised expectations was the unusual casting. Now who wouldn’t want to watch action star Tiger Shroff in the same frame as the powerhouse of talent Nawazuddin Siddiqui, not to mention the bonus of seeing Nawaz shake his booty? Alas, despite this great combination, the film fails to make any impact. Neither does the presence of Nawazuddin, nor Tiger’s smooth dance move save this film.
However, the film’s music and songs strike a chord. Songs like Main hoon, Ding dang and Pyar ho are some of the songs that the audience will enjoy. But there are way too many songs and they prove to be a distraction, stealing the focus of the film.
There is nothing innovative about director Sabbir’s directorial skills either. The director fails to draw out anything new from Tiger Shroff apart from some excellent dance moves (but credit for this goes to the choreographers). The director-actor jodi has nothing new and exciting to offer. Crisper editing could have perhaps helped the film but the movie moves at a lethargic pace.
Performance-wise, Nawazuddin Siddiqui delivers a good performance, as usual. He has aced the Delhi accent and done a fabulous job. He definitely entertains the audience in this otherwise dull dance drama. Tiger Shroff, as always, is good with his action and dance. The lad is definitely getting better with each film. Nidhhi Agerwal is certainly not heroine material and she definitely cannot act. Ronit Roy and Pankaj Tripathi are brilliant actors and do complete justice to their characters. The rest of the supporting cast suits their respective roles.