Ever since the turn of the century, hacking has become a well-known, albeit infamous phenomenon. Just out of school, the geeks learn the techniques to sabotage someone’s system and retrieve information. Hacking is a crime that has kept cops on their toes and has fascinated the youth. It is a ‘talent’ each one of us wishes to acquire but only a few have succeeded.

Mickey Virus is film that ventures into the terrain of hackers and brings forth a picture that is amusing. Directed by debutant Saurabh Varma, the film marks the debut of Manish Paul alongside veteran actors like Varun Badola and Manish Chaudhary. Puja Gupta, earlier seen in Vicky Donor as the self-flinging-neighbor, stars in the film as Mickey’s confidante. The story of the film revolves around Mickey (Manish Paul), a street-smart hacker, who is hired by the cops to solve a hacking case but he soon becomes an alleged accused in the case. Mickey’s attempts to rescue himself from this forged crime, forms the story of the film. The film is set in Delhi and although, it doesn’t capture the beauty of the city on the camera lens, it makes it up with ample usage of the Delhi slang. The film crushes into the minds of geeks and makes use of geeky slang as well. You’d hear the word “buffer”, “upload”, “hard disk” in the everyday talks of this tech-savvy lot.  The film shows two diverse worlds, one that glorifies the geeks as “hackers” and the other of “hawkers” which comprises those with less tech knowledge and more craving for money.

In the first-half of the film, the lead is seen drooling at the sight of a firang while the second-half shows his pursuit for success in life. It is in the second-half that the film hits a sixer, however, turns out to be very predictable. Manish Paul and Varun Badola steal the show, Manish with his child-like charm and Badola with his tight collar police-wala attitude. The direction of the film is raw yet good with a room for improvement. Action shows a minimal presence on screen and looks amateurish. Touted to be a comic-thriller, the film is lesser comedy and more suspense. Suspense is what keeps the audience on the edge-of-their-seat. There is ample use of computer graphics which makes it simple for a layman to understand the working of a hacker. Sparing the song Pyaar China Ka Maal Hai, others cease to excite the listeners. All the actors in the film have done a reasonably good job with their respective characters but looks like Elli Avram’s character of Kamayani could have suited any chic Indian lassie.

The film has a good script which deserves to be lauded and it is a good start for the newbies – Manish Paul and Director Saurabh Varma. However,  the film is most likely to attract the wannabe geek crowd whereas the general public will welcome it for its suspense element.

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