All style no substance

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Jul 2017 10:39:44


Farina Salim Quraishi

For Bollywood, different remains in the name only, even if the film in question stars supreme talents like Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Tiger Shroff (if only in dancing). Two opposite ends of a spectrum coming together for a musical-actioner had everyone’s attention piqued. But director Shabbir Khan, after promising us the moon, doesn’t even give us the stars with Munna Michael. There is plenty of agile action, mean moves and brilliant acting alright, but the hackneyed plot topped with preposterous howlers casts a really long shadow on the movie.

Munna Michael revolves around Munna (Tiger Shroff), an orphan brought up by axed background dancer Michael (Ronit Roy). Munna, who has a special connect with Michael Jackson, grows up idolising MJ and pays tribute to the God of Dance everytime he gets on the dance floor. Though his father wants him to settle down with a corporate job, dancing is Munna’s life. After he is called out for earning money by challenging unsuspecting dancers in Mumbai’s nightclubs, Munna moves to Delhi to earn money needed for his Baba’s illness.

While in Delhi, just as Munna gets ready to walk away with the winner’s bet, the loser, Balli loses his cool and later his jaw as Munna single-handedly sends them all packing; hardly aware of the trouble ahead. Balli is the younger brother Mahinder Fauji (Nawazuddin), a goon who is in love with his dancing shoes. One look at his brother’s bashed up face and another two at the moonwalking Munna, Mahinder is ready to forgive and forget, if Munna agrees to make him Michael Jackson 2.o. Head-over-heals in love with Dolly (Nidhhi Agerwal), Mahinder wants to win over the bar dancer with his magical moves. Things get complicated as Munna - while trying to get Mahinder’s love story rolling - also falls hook, line and stinker for Dolly!

Much like previous Shabbir Khan-Tiger Shroff associations, even Munna Michael is powered by the incredible dancing and action skills of Tiger Shroff, with everything else taking a backseat. The story goes from being stupid to preposterous to plain painful till the time end credits roll. Pray, why would a nobody, take center stage during a live finale of a dance show, just because the contestant is struggling with her step and one who later goes on to win the championship! Creative liberty zindabad!

The moment focus shifts from the dance or the action sequences, the film goes off track and heads south, only to crest with the next dance or action number. Also, more than being a teacher to Mahinder Fauji - who is floored by Dolly’s supposedly spectacular dancing - Munna should’ve been a tutor to Dolly an aspiring dancing queen with stiff moves!! Her measured moves are in sharp contrast to the fluid form of Tiger Shroff, who dances like a dream. Nidhhi is also unconvincing as the object of two men’s attention with zero chemistry with either stars. Her one-note expressions and overacting stick out like a sore thumb.

The entirely predictable plot has a convenient slot every few minutes to give Tiger Shroff a chance to either bash the baddies with ballerina-ish grace or glide over the dance floor like the one blessed by the King of Pop himself! Though Tiger’s diction and expression show marked improvement, all his efforts are overshadowed by his magical moves. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is in his usual brilliant form but goes overboard in some of the sequences. Nailing even the most complicated dance steps with finesse, Nawaz will surely surprise many with his dancing skills. His comic-timing is simply spot on and the bromance between him and Tiger is pulsating.  With style reigning supreme and Tiger Shroff pulling out all stops to make Michael Jackson and even Jason Statham proud, Munna Michael is only for Tiger Shroff fans. Others can easily take a rain check.

The Hitavada Rating: O O