145 Min | Comedy | September 2013
IMDB Rating: 6.0
Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Ileana
Phata Poster Nikla Hero Review: It showers few newness & respite into our palate after few let-downs in 2013. Rajkumar Santoshi has made a comeback but fails to understand that same formula does not work all the time. ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’ Synopsis: An aspiring actor is mistaken for a super cop. Chaos follows.
Shahid Kapoor has probably lost it, with no signature to him at all. His performance is fine for the plot which talks about a mother-son relationship and all the drama surrounding to her dreams of seeing her son as a policeman & some underworld mystery which later turns into tomfoolery. Somewhere or the other, a feeling that the scene you just watched has happened before may trouble you, but I promise it ain’t deja vu. I feel sorry for Illeana D’Cruz playing the role of a side-character who has very little screen space, provided the songs are excluded. Padmini Kolhapure is good, so are the other supporting cast.
Coupled with inventive writing & terrible character depth, Phata Poster Nikla Hero tries to indulge its audience, referring hell of a lot of Bollywood cult classics & the actors who played in them. A cameo by a popular B-town actor adds humor to it. Not to mention, the humor is terrific throughout, but fails if we consider the slapstick involved (mostly through Shahid’s) & ask our brains to indulge. A tad melodramatic towards the end, Phata Poster Nikla Hero is an average watch with your friends & family which is able to quench your movie thirst if long running time, sentimental drama and 5 songs (incl. one item number) doesn’t affect your watch. BOTTOM LINE: Fairly recommended ’cause it manages to stand up and wave, then tumbles down into a limbo. Easily forgettable.
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