Friday, September 20, 2013

Review: Phata Poster Nikla Hero

The famous director of films like ‘Andaz Apna Apna’, ‘Ghayal’ and ‘Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani’ – Rajkumar Santoshi, is the man behind yet another light hearted action comedy and the biggest release of the week – Phata Poster Nikla Hero. The film stars Shahid Kapoor and Lleana D’Cruz with Padmini Kohlapuri (Shahid’ mother in the film), Shaurabh Shukla and Sanjay Mishra in the supporting roles. As for cameo appearances, Salman Khan is making a surprising entry and Nargis Fakhri of ‘Rockstar’ fame is roped in for an item number.

In brief, Vishvas Rao (Shahid Kapoor) is an aspiring actor who at the turn of events becomes a pretentious cop with more than many believers around him and all from the wrong fronts. On the one side there is the Mumbai police fraternity and on the other side there is ‘Gundappa Gang’ and trapped between the crossfire is Vishvas Rao and his mother. Of course, it’s a long journey from living a so called ‘Bindass’ life with a burning fire to become an actor to all of a sudden becoming a fake cop and getting entrapped in what seems like a never-ending struggle to get out of the mess. Putting all that comically is an art Rajkumar Santoshi knows pretty well and the success of his previous films, which never had so much of a serious storyline, but a good representation nevertheless, is what can be seen in Phata Poster Nikla Hero as well.

For people who do not actually wish to see the film from an analytical point of view, this movie is a light-hearted entertainer that is sure to not disappoint you. But, if you see from the critical point of view – you will find the plot to be messy and predictable and the roles of characters not mature enough to become benchmarks like ‘Chulbul Pandey’, ‘Bhattar Singh’ or ‘Bajirao Singham’, if you know what it means. ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’ is a movie based on the formula that helped Rajkumar Santoshi taste success very sweetly with ‘Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani’ wherein the movie is a light hearted comedy till the very end and all of a sudden in the climax grinds too fast to understand what is going on with a few unrealistic gags that only forces you to laugh because of its visual entertainment value. However, in ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’, one can say that the first part has more comic value than the second half, wherein the writer, Rajkumar Santoshi, seems to have forgotten that he is writing a comic script.

The movie has many kaleidoscopic funny moments, highlights from director’s past movies, funny gags, humorous twists and a handful of heart touching moments that will make enough to not leave a bad taste in your mouth after the movie ends. Shahid Kapoor, as always has shaken legs well in numbers like ‘Khali Pili’ and ‘Dhating Nach’.

Ileana D’Cruz has played a nice role of a social worker in the movie, who doesn’t disappoint with her acting skills but with far-from-mature character she was given, its only as much justice she could have done and the same can be said about the role of Shahid Kapoor as well.  The director could have done away with any other female lead as even though Ileana puts in her best, this comical stint after highly acclaimed ‘Barfi’ doesn’t seem to fit in well. Rajkumar Santoshi has also not been able to or didn’t try to explore the romance between the lead actors and the three songs they do together in the movie is the most you will get from the movie when it comes to romance.

Overall, the movie qualifies as a family entertainer for sure and is worth watching even though it could have been way much better. There are times when you will seriously need to hold your seats tight so as to not lose balance while laughing and the music of the movie will keep the lovers of peppy numbers engaged and therefore, planning ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’ as your weekend watch is definitely not a bad idea.

Movie Rating: 3.5/5

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