Tiger Shroff has appeared in action films that included dance sequences, and he is now in a dance movie that also sees him use his fists. For fans of the remarkably fit and graceful actor, this should be a double treat, and it nearly is.
Sabbir Khan’s Munna Michael is the perfect platform for Shroff to use his best bits. Shroff plays the son of a former choreographer (Ronit Roy) who has evolved into the subcontinent’s most convincing tribute to Michael Jackson (Prabhudeva can retire). Munna is recruited by Delhi thug Mahinder (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) to teach him to dance since Mahinder wants to win over club dancer Dolly (Nidhhi Agerwal). Mahinder’s ardour for Dolly often descends into creepiness, but Saabir Khan quickly cuts to a song, and it’s all good.
The undemanding and unpretentious script races from start to finish, pausing to give Shroff numerous opportunities to display his outstanding dancing and fighting skills. The young actor has also worked on his dialogue delivery and expressions since his previous movie A Flying Jatt (2016). His face used to be the one part of his body that barely moved, but some of the animation that characterises the parts below the neck has finally made its way upwards.
Shroff’s ease with his role surpasses Siddiqui’s hamminess. The one who actually needs the dance lessons isn’t Siddiqui, who manages to move his feet with as much dignity as possible, but debutant actor Agerwal. Easily overshadowed by Shroff on the dance floor, Agerwal enforces the sentiment in the song Main Hoon, in which Munna sings, “There’s nobody like me; I am the leader; the whole world follows me.”