Phata Poster Nikhla Hero
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Ileana D Cruz, Padmini Kolhapure
Direction: Rajkumar Santoshi
Duration: 2 hours 25 minutes
Story: In his tryst to be a hero, Vishwas Rao ends up becoming a fake filmi cop. But fate offers him funnier choices.
Review: Star-struck (rather Salman-struck) small-towner, Vishwas (Shahid) lands in Mumbai with two sapnas. First, his own starry dreams (ruled by Rajnikanths and Khans) of being a Bollywood superstar. Second, his high-on-melodrama maa‘s (Padmini) long cherished dream – “mera beta police afsar banega“. But fate takes a hilarious twist when he’s mistaken for a good cop (Thank Heavens, he has Chulbul Pandey for inspiration. With tighties, googles, dabanggisms, and his own sizzling ‘Munni‘). He falls in love with the over-zealous Kajal (Ileana), a social worker with many chaotic-causes. Soon he’s caught in chor-police crossfire between the dreadfully funny gangster Gundappa Das (Saurabh Shukla) and the asli good cop (Darshan Jariwala) – both put up rip-roaring acts. In a comedy of errors and events, through heartbreak and hilarity, emotion and eccentricity, Vishwas flips between fake herogiri and asli heroism.
Shahid is ‘phaadu’, really! Whether he’s doing the dhating naach (outstanding); playing rowdy Romeo, a goofy goon, or maa ka laadla; he’s back in form and packs in all with terrific chutzpah and comic flair. He makes the most of every ’emoticon’ there is and leaves you ROTFL. This one belongs to Kapoor and he revels in it.
Ileana is good at emotions, but not so tuned into comedy yet.
Padmini, the melancholic maa with tons of mascara plays the part with ease, though we wish she induced more laughs over tear-jerking ‘maa-kasam‘ dialogues. Sanjay Mishra, as Vishwas’ Bollywood advisor is uproariously funny.