I saw Mithya yesterday and frankly was bored! I don’t know whether it was the story or was it the haphazard happenings or the actors themselves that made me feel like sleeping away! For me, it was clearly a case of an ardent effort bearing no fruit whatsoever. I, as the viewer, was left cold and numb after the movie was over with no reason to look back upon it as two hours well-spent. Inspite of a different story, good screenplay and brilliant acting from almost everyone, the movie failed to leave an impression upon me.
To etch out the story, let me reproduce here what CtrlAltDel had to say over at FreeHyderabad Forums: Mithya is the story of a struggling and frustrated junior artiste (Ranvir Shorey) with lofty ambitions and how he finds his life changing all because of his face – an unfortunate resemblance to a notorious underworld don (Shorey, again). The don is bumped off by his rivals (Naseerudding Shah, Saurabh Shukla) who along with their sidekicks (Vinay Pathak and Kale) and Shah’s moll (Neha Dhupia) train and plant the lookalike actor in his place. The film then progresses from a comedy to a gripping and intelligent drama. The impostor don becomes the person he is portraying and this sets off a chain of gangland murders that threatens to consume everyone.
Acting wise, Ranvir Shorey was brilliant. As the struggling actor he was A-One (Kinda same as in Traffic Signal, ain’t it?) and as the impostor don also he does well. But his sudden volte-face after the interval isn’t too convincing. Kinda reminded me of Rishi Kapoor in Bol Radha Bol (Main Kishen Hoon!!!!). Neha Dhupia is OK but again, her behavior at the fag end is unaccounted for! Naseeruddin shah sleepwalks. Saurabh Shukla and Harsh Chhaya are competent. Vinay Pathak was fun in parts but overall was wasted.
My Rating: 2/5