I just watched Main Tera Hero starring Varun Dhawan, Ileana D Cruz , Nargis Fakhri and Arunoday Singh and I am not sure whether I have enjoyed some rollicking good entertainment of whether I have been made a complete ass out of. I had more than a fair idea of what I was letting myself in for – it’s a David Dhawan film for God’s sake; I have watched and enjoyed any number of those (Coolie No 1, Saajan Chale Sasuraal, Gharwaali Baaharwali and more of the same ilk).
Also I knew from the promos that Dhawan is revisiting his pet theme of one guy being drooled over by two women, but I am still bemused at the end of the running time of 2 hours and 8 minutes – entertained but bemused. Once again I am unable to rate this movie; much like a Salman Khan film, a David Dhawan film is also sui generis.
Starring – Varun Dhawan, Ileana D Cruz , Nargis Fakhri, Arunoday Singh, Anupam Kher, Saurabh Shukla, Evelyn Sharma,
Producer – Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Alpana Mishra, Studio – Balaji Motion Pictures
Director – David Dhawan
Story/Screenplay – Milap Zaveri
Music – Sajid-Wajid
Running time – 2 hrs 8 mins
Main Tera Hero Trailer
Main Tera Hero Review
What do they mean when they say leave your brain at home and watch the movie? I never quite figured that one out, but apparently this is that kind of film. The story is about the outrageous, irascible Seenu (short for something or the other but I don’t remember what; who pays attention to things like details, sense, logic, reasonableness and all that superfluous stuff) played by a manically energetic Varun Dhawan. Seenu is a is a general menace to the public and all of Ooty cheers when he leaves town.
He then arrives in Bangalore and after a brief interface with a godly idol (many of these interfaces during the film) immediately falls in love with Sunaina the betrothed of Angad, a loose cannon of a cop who has forcibly gotten engaged to her.
I won’t bother you with the rest of the story (if it can even loosely be termed as such) which deals with Ayesha played by Nargis Fakhri who is in love with Seenu and with her gangster dad in Thailand and so on… because the story is so threadbare and unbelievable as to be practically non-existent. However what the film lacks in coherence and sense it makes up in sheer high wattage entertainment – good looking girls, handsome hunks, quite a few genuine laughs, foot-tapping music and dance; never a dull moment.
Both girls are beautiful and perform well enough – the movie demands little of them except that they look good and shake a leg or two. Varun Dhawan has an infectious liveliness and while not exactly an Adonis to look at, he comes well equipped with the regulation 6 pack abs and the dancing pecs that are pretty much par for the course these days. Arunoday Singh is restricted by the sheer absurdity of his character, but there is no taking away the fact that the man is quite gorgeous.
The villains are also reasonably entertaining – Anupam Kher in a golden wig is the Thailand based (don’t ask why Thailand) gangster dad of Ayesha and the ends of his sentences echo. Why? Because he was brought up in the valleys of Manali, that’s why. Then there is his sidekick/random relative played by Saurabh Shukla who talks in rhyme and later communicates only by whistling. Yes, yes, it is that kind of movie… One gets a strong feeling that they made up the movie as they went along and had a wonderful time doing it.
It is a crazy, incoherent, implausible, idiotic movie and the filmmakers are utterly unapologetic about it – however this audacity of the filmmakers; this unmitigated gall has to be appreciated. Bizarrely, it translates into a lot of fun!
Then there is the music of Main Tera Hero – Well its Sajid-Wajid (Dabangg, Jai Ho, Rowdy Rathore) so you know that we will have floor fillers with great beats and energetic rhythms if not hugely original compositions. So it comes as no surprise that the songs are good fun and enjoyable too; in keeping with the movie.
There are songs like Saari night besharmi ki height, Shanivaar Rati and Tera hero idhar hai – catchy songs with energetic, even frenetic dancing. Admittedly the lyrics are utterly silly – at times it seemed as though the lyricist couldn’t be bothered to pen down actual words and so we have tannna-tanna in place of words! One has to shake the head in resignation –bemusement and resignation but also amusement.
So that’s the Bollywood offering this weekend folks – go watch it if you feel you feel you have the ability to leave your brains behind at home. It’s a tall ask; do it in the interests of a few laughs, I say.
By – Reena Daruwalla
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