Mickey Virus: Nerd wins girl story

The first half of the movie was half decent, but the post-interval session was barely watchable. It’s always sad to see a nice idea failing to be converted into a nice movie.

Published: 28th October 2013 11:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th October 2013 12:52 PM   |  A+A-


For a movie with so many debutants, Mickey Virus isn’t the worst movie in the world. The marketing team, however, didn’t do too good a job when they publicised this as a comic thriller. It’s more just random funny lines and a teeny ounce of excitement mixed with a whole lot of, well, for lack of a better word, mainstream Bollywood crap.

This movie, however, is a feel good movie for nerds. Although, I don’t know too many nerds with such a good muscle tone. I doubt they even exist. This could, as usual, be attributed to the real world unrealism we see in Bollywood. Spoiler alert: The nerd gets the girl, and for nerd standards, she’s a regular Lara Croft.

The main plot is even more predictable. We are introduced to our great hacker who makes passwords look unnecessary. Two policemen approach him to help them nab other unethical hackers and the usual main villain part ensues. These policemen signify the zenith of this movie’s comedy aspect, as Varun Badola’s Inspector character, is allergic to gunpowder.

How he gets the girl is as filmy as it can get. He chases and chases and chases her till she finally succumbs to his stalking. If movies continue portraying romance in this way, I expect the Indian judiciary to be setting up a wing for express restraining orders quite soon.

Kamayani George (Elli Avram) is saved by our lover boy after she mistakenly transfers money into the wrong account. He swoops in, hacks the bank’s website, reverses the transfer and swoops out with the girl before a computer running Windows XP could start up.

The director seems to have taken a bit out of The Lunchbox by introducing an aunty character who we never see. Mickey’s mother is heard over the phone constantly nagging him to buy groceries from the market. It doesn’t work as well as it does in The Lunchbox, but it’s passable.

For an idea as good as this, the overall story could have been better. The whole nerd as a hero theme was nice to watch after such a long time. The first half of the movie was half decent, but the post-interval session was barely watchable. It’s always sad to see a nice idea failing to be converted into a nice movie. However, for a debut film, Varma deserves some credit and I expect we’ll see more of him in the future.

The Verdict: Watch it once. If you feel like watching it again, I suggest you install Kaspersky in your brain somehow or get yourself checked for meningitis.


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