Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Star cast: Varun Dhawan, Ileana D’Cruz, Nargis Fakhri, Arunoday Singh, Anupam Kher, Evelyn Sharma, Saurabh Shukla, Rajpal Yadav
Director: David Dhawan
What’s Good: The well baked first half, the well implanted comic timing of its dialogues and mostly Varun’s scorching screen presence.
What’s Bad: The second half of the film is relatively loose and gets languid as the laughs get infrequent and repetitive.
Loo break: Some.
Watch or Not?: David Dhawan has always symbolized the junk genre of cinema which is delicious to the core and revels in its mindlessness. Main Tera Hero is a must watch, that constantly has you laughing in its 120 minutes plus of runtime. The amusement of watching Govinda’s cinematic rebirth in the form of Varun Dhawan is delightful to the core. Unpretentious and hunky dory, it is a regular David Dhawan fare that is slapstick, silly and yet a consistent and coherent entertainer.
Seenu (Varun Dhawan) is a bothersome sweet innocent looking kid who is at core a harami. A back bencher in college, he decides to take life in his own hands when he fails in his exams. Intending to finish his college in Bangalore, Seenu shifts from Coonor to the big city.
On the first day at college, he meets Sunaina (Ileana D’Cruz) and develops a fascination for her. But Sunaina is forbidden fruit as she is already betrothed to Angad Negi (Arunoday Singh). After much persuasion, Seenu and Sunaina fall in love but Sunaina ends up getting kidnapped.
It turns out that a famous Gangsters daughter Ayesha (Nargis Fakhri) too has fallen deeply for Seenu. It’s a tough call for Seenu as he must choose between the two gorgeous damsels. Main Tera Hero is the story of Seenu becoming the Hero of one of these women. Who will it be?
Main Tera Hero Review: Script Analysis
It is unabashedly a paper thin plotline but David Dhawan’s enthusiasm makes it a winning story. Luckily the bountifully talented Milap Zaveri hasn’t dissipated his energy and words too much in slapping on our faces vulgar jokes ala Grand Masti style. On the contrary, the guy has weaved a story that doesn’t expect much intelligence from the audiences and is still high on humor quotient that will keep you laughing all through with merry gags. One would have expected the tried and tested formula to fall flat, but it surprisingly doesn’t. Rather it works. The humor that is outright lame has a mesmeric degree of simplicity in it that makes you realize the value of commercial cinema altogether.
Right out of the 90s, the film has a conspicuous enjoyable factor to it. It is not much about the milieu and the plot as much as it is about the dialogues. Every line is a gem and Zaveri hits all the correct notches of humor, keeping the laughs quick and incessant. Even though we are in an age where cinema is meant to be a reinvigorating experience of sorts, I can somehow summon the patience to watch arm candies falling on a hot man. It isn’t an easy patience but it comes from the innocent storytelling of Dhawan.
The script is replete with uproarious sequences. Be it Seenu’s conversations with God or the Bholenath Bhajan piece, they are all individual hits of sorts. The irreverent banter Seenu engages in is thoroughly enjoyable. Obviously the jokes aren’t exactly politically correct ones, but if you are having a hard day and want to shed your inhibitions altogether, Zaveri manages to pack up so many jokes that you won’t really get enough.
Probably the only hitch with scripts of this order is that the second half often gets sluggish. The same happens in this story as well as the love triangle swiftly converting into a quadrangle but somehow the director tackles the weaknesses smartly in the garb of pulsating music and Varun Dhawan comic timing distracts us from nitpicking for good obviously.
Main Tera Hero Review: Star Performances
Varun Dhawan is effortlessly charming. He is so awesome on screen that you’ll find it a task to take your eyes off him. He is an amalgamation of the best attributes of Govinda and Salman Khan, mostly the faultless expression and the impeccable comic timing. Barely two films old, this guy is already a superstar in making and what a fascinating one at that.
Ileana D’Cruz was a painful distraction. Not a flattering actress but quite a faulty one at it, probably Varun found it easier to win due to the lack of caliber on her part. Her chemistry with Varun wasn’t exactly something to boast of either. David Dhawan’s actress like Karisma Kapoor and Raveena Tandon were known for their zest and D’Cruz didn’t quite match up their level.
If Ileana was wasted, Nargis Fakhri was meted out with a role extremely futile. She fails to make an impression at all. Not exactly a woman known for her acting skills, this film doesn’t help her cause in Bollywood too much. A pretty glamdoll and none more.
Arunoday Singh is hot and his good looks comes handy in selling his minuscule role in the film. He is clearly an actor of immense potential and should be given a chance to do better and meatier roles.
Anupam Kher delivers one of his funniest bets from recent times. After having himself wasted in rubbish affairs like Gang of Ghosts, he is vibrant in this film.
Main Tera Hero Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
Only David Dhawan can manage to make a film so low on IQ palatable to all and with such energy and enthusiasm. Even after decades in the industry, Dhawan Senior may have aged in years but remains the same simple guy when it comes to his craft which makes his films so winsome. Clearly there is something timeless in his films and that is the enchanting skill of turning plain stories into engrossing films. Though his screenplay this time is very biased towards his son, but it is definitely more of a tribute of Govinda whom you can’t help but miss. Varun, thanks to his dad, is halfway on his path to achieving Govinda’s charisma. If one manages to look carefully, the film is quite a bold affair from David Dhawan who has risked many changes in his usual concoction of entertainment.
Luckily, he doesn’t hit wrong notes. If Chashme Baddoor was enjoyable, Main Tera Hero is eons better. Dialogues like Main Jabse Pampers Mein Thi Dad Ne Mujhe Tabse Pamper Kiya Hai and the Ghanti and Ghanta Jokes are more laughable than distasteful. The tight editing and chartbuster music all adds in making this film an enjoyable watch.
Main Tera Hero Review: The Last Word
Main Tero Hero transports you into a world of fun that we have been kept devoid of from weeks. Quick witted, jocular and pricelessly silly, this film is a sure shot must watch. Leading constantly somber lives extracts the vibrancy out of us and after a long time here’s a film that will rescue you from the regular pains by offering 120 minutes flat of persistent guffawing. Varun Dhawan’s Govinda act is one rollicking show. I am going with a 3/5 and recommend that you definitely watch this one and abandon all your troubles. Have a blast at the movies this week. Thumbs up!
Main Tera Hero Trailer
Main Tera Hero releases on 4th April, 2014.
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