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The reviews had me forewarned that I will be watching a China Ka Maal of Vicky Donor. But perhaps I walked into a theatre that was running a pirated version of C.I.D—where the 30 minutes format has been stretched to 130 minutes.
So Mickey Arora/Mickey Virus is a hacker who when he is not defying the khappanchayat and eating chowmein in Dilli is friends with a motleycrew of twenty somethings who create viruses for companies, pick up the odd job from college students. There is also a “Professor”, a Harvard returned disgruntled techie who gives weekly gyaan in a derelict basement(the movie doesn’t specify whether he is also waiting for his AAP party membership). Mickey goes to the sabzi mandi to get pumpkins for his mum’s shop and falls for a China Ka Maal Savita Bhabhi types. And there are mysterious pherang hackers who are falling dead to mysterious jabs in their neck in crowded Delhi. I thought it was dengue, but no it is some Bhram gang. C.I.D uncle, sorry ACP Siddhanth Chauhan (Manish Chaudhry) and Inspector Devender Bhalla ( Varun Badola, oh how brilliant was he! ) who subscribe to the “Set A Thief to Catch A Thief” school of thought sign on Mickey to help them make sense of this cyber gang.
A murder, siphoning of funds from a top ka secure bank account. Chase scenes on Dilli highways. Phones that never run out of battery, taxis when you want them. But no fear. There is a ridiculous twenty minute climax scene where each of the evil characters explain in quite detail (for you know really the brain dead will stay till the end) their character development, career trajectory, motivation, retirement plans so far and how Mickey Virus will fit in.
So you know you could step out when your interest in the movie starts waning, have that plate of chowmein and return not missing a beat.
What did I learn from the movie (other than the cheapest place to fix my laptop, buy some pirated software)? No good comes out of sending young men to the sabzi mandi.