Movie Review: Mithya

Mithya The Movie 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.

The first half was fun in parts and the build-up upto the interval point was good. The second half started well but the ending was tain-tain-phiss! Agreed that it isn’t a mainstream cinema and maybe meant for a niche target audience but even then, it doesn’t quite tingle you in the same way as say Johnny Gaddaar or Satya did. (I even joked abt it being rank opposite of Satya…..Mithya being the Opposite of Satya)

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.

After a rom-com (Raghu Romeo) and a mature drama (Mixed Doubles), director Rajat Kapoor has taken a great stride towards making a dark movie. Credit to him and his writing team. I would concede that the script/screenplay was taut and the fact that it has no songs and was a little under 2 hours also helped.

My Rating: 2/5

P.S: The movie is produced by Arindam Chaudhuri’s Planman Media. If I’d have known that earlier, I’d have Rok Sako’ed myself :mrgreen:

3 thoughts on “Movie Review: Mithya

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  2. Still cant understand why the climax had to be so depressing. Ranvir suffers for no fault of his. I would have preferred that somehow Ranvir and Neha escape and all the goons are caught.

    Well…its an illusion (Mithya) šŸ˜‰

    I need to watch Raghu Romeo & Mixed Doubles.

  3. If it was a “Happys Endings” (sic!) then it would’ve been a run-of-the-mill reg. Bollywood fare! And Yep…the title never seemed more appropriate šŸ˜›

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