Direction: Rajkumar Santoshi
After last week’s ‘Grand Masti’, ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’ almost has a cleansing effect on your palate. The film is not a laughter riot but it’s definitely a one-time fun watch.
‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’ cannot boast of a strong plot, strong performances or ingenious humour but the film is peppered with moments of genuine situational comedy and some great acting by the supporting cast. Sanjay Mishra and Saurabh Shukla shine, displaying their flair for wit and are spot on with their comic timing.
Shahid Kapoor has an inherently charming personality but at this point of his career, he desperately needs a successful film. His previous big releases ‘Mausam’ (2011) and ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’ (2012) bombed at the box office and there’s no scope for error this time around and you can sense this tension in Shahid’s performance.
While he is confident in the dance and action sequences, he puts in too much of an effort in the comic bits. Shahid tries too hard to be funny; afraid that he will be written-off if this film doesn’t work.
His chemistry with Ileana too doesn’t have the kind of spark that would make you anoint them as Bollywood’s sizzling new couple. Ileana has a bewildered expression throughout the film; clearly her silence (in ‘Barfi’) spoke louder than her dialogues.
Rajkumari Santoshi’s ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’ is an effortless watch but it is too long for a film that has a wafer-thin plot to begin with. It wouldn’t have hurt to slice off at least 30 minutes from the runtime (2 hour 27 minutes). I guess filmmakers still try to stick to the 3-hour-long format, which should necessarily have a romantic song, an item number, a sad duet and dollops of melodrama till we can even begin to wrap-up the film.
Most of the audience these days puts a premium on the time they spend in a theatre and sooner the directors get to the point the better it is for them.
‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’ will entertain if you are willing to overlook its little indulgences.
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