Director: Sabbir Khan
Cast: Tiger Shroff, Nidhhi Agerwal, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
More often than not, we see films in Bollywood that are made only to capitalize on audience’s interest for entertainment and no effort is taken on its script, direction, screenplay and even the title. Munna Michael is that film which has nothing going on in its cinematic department. It is a plain disappointment. The title is Munna Michael and the entire film shows the story of Mahinder Fauji and his idiotic living and then a girl named Dolly and her dancing dreams. Where is Munna and his Michael element in it? For the length of more than 2 hours, it’s only the last 5 minutes when writers and director realize it’s a dance film.
Tiger Shroff is not known to choose sensible script and Nidhhi Agerwal is a debutante. But, I wonder, why an exceptional actor like Nawazuddin Siddiqui decided to do Munna Michael? What could possibly be the attracting point for him? There is no sense to the script. A gangster decides to learn dancing and then Munna (Tiger Shroff) teaches him how to dance. He meets Dolly (Nidhhi Agerwal) and while trying to fix her with Fauji, he falls for her. Then Sabbir Khan keeps going round and round with Mahinder’s problems, his friendship with Munna and Munna-Dolly’s romance and amidst all these, the core intention of this film is lost.
At the start, we see Munna telling that he wants to keep the legacy of Michael Jackson alive and there is no focus on that whatsoever. Silly screenplay, poor acting from Tiger, decent presence of Nidhhi, all these make for an avoidable experience.
This is the 3rd time Sabbir Khan and Tiger Shroff have associated for a film. I didn’t like Heropanti nor Baaghi and Munna Michael is just another bad decision from Tiger. Sure, he has garnered a good reputation as a dance and action star but to be an actor, the pre-requisite condition is to act and Tiger is far from that. His expressions are very limited. There is no power in his dialogues. With action or dance narrative, the acting incapabilities are mostly concealed but not for long. Nidhhi Agerwal actually did a better job than Tiger.
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Sabbir Khan needed to make the story believable. Just because it’s an entertainment film doesn’t mean you can take so much liberty and tell a story without any character development. After a first few scenes, there is no emphasis on dance by Sabbir Khan. It’s just dull scenes between Mahinder and Munna and their friendship which were stretched. After the first half, you totally forget that Munna can dance because all he does is fight and work for Fauji.
With some electrifying dance moves by Tiger Shroff in the end, Munna Michael gives a fraction of justification to its justice. But, it’s a major failure as a film. Sabbir Khan falters in direction so does Amal King in writing and Tiger Shroff in acting and choosing a wrong script.
Munna Michael is a poorly written, directed and acted film. There is no sensibility in its story. It is a completely avoidable movie.