Three kids from a village near Tirupati dream to catching wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, to win the large bounty on his head in the 2022 movie ‘Mishan Impossible’. In a twist of fate, they cross paths with a investigative journalist, who is quick to use their naivety and ignorance to her advantage.
Directed and written by Swaroop RSJ, the movie’s poster may imply Tapsee Pannu is the star of the story, but it’s the trio of boys who play Raghupati, Raghava and Rajaram (yes, like the hymn) who are the heroes of this flick. The child actors hilariously portray rogue village boys who are naughty, dumb and live in their own bubble… hence the silly plan of hunting down a terrorist by themselves.
The first one hour of the movie is incredibly entertaining as a comedy-family movie, it focuses on the boys, each with a distinct personality – Raghupati is an aspiring filmmaker who worships Ram Gopal Verma, Raghava is a compulsive liar who’s already dropped out of school, while Rajaram dreams of being a spin bowler but cannot bowl to save his life. They like to call themselves ‘RRR’, a direct allusion to the blockbuster Telugu film by SS Rajamouli; in fact, the boys keep making little pop-culture jokes that will have movie enthusiasts in splits. While the humor is exaggerated at times, the village setting is quite authentic, it doesn’t look like a cosmetic film-set and adds a touch of reality which will make it relatable to any viewer who’s ever lived or visited rural India.
It’s the second-half of the movie, where the pace slightly slows down and the mood gets drastically sombre. From a funny plot about three village bumpkins running away from home to make money, it turns into a serious story about child-trafficking. But the director is able to make it work, managing to slip ample comedic moments even when the story takes a dark turn. Not only does ‘Mishan Impossible’ has all the ingredients of a mainstream entertainer, it also touches upon a serious issue (even if superficially) that will make the viewers take a moment to think. Tapsee Pannu has an interesting cameo, which is brief and doesn’t take the spotlight away from the child actors.
The climax gives the boys an unrealistic heroic ending, but it’s feel-good, funny and will leave you in a good mood. Watch it for the boys.
It’s a 7/10 from me. You can stream the film on Netflix.
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