Main Tera Hero, ‘Govinda Ishtyle’
By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid
To be Govinda (in a chiseled physique), or not – Varun Dhawan, asks himself this question over and over again in Main Tera Hero, director (and dad) David Dhawan’s remake of Telugu movie Kandireega.
The movie, a trivial hodgepodge of events out of any 90’s movie by Mr. Dhawan, has a good helping of slack as Sreenath Prasad – or Seenu (the junior Dhawan) – a small town rascally good boy finds himself fallen for Sunaina (Ileana D’Cruz), who happens to be the future-bride-to be of a cop with serious anger issues. He is Angat (Arunoday Singh), and her denial to this marriage is an insignificant problem…as far as he is concerned.
Angat’s initial scene at the last day of his anger management class, and the lack of blood, broken bones or traditional villainy, shows Mr. Dhawan has a clear idea how to approach his subject: Main Tera Hero is filler entertainment – the kind that slides in between more serious works of cinema, and have a good chance of popping up on the television more often than one would expect.
Comedy, And Sometimes Lack Thereof
At this point, I’d rather not go into the story, probably because there is very little of it in the first place. Mr. Dhawan – working on the screenplay by Milap Zaveri – is slightly more in control of his material this time around (his technicality is still fixed on shooting on a densely lit set with wide-open lenses and deep focus).
The humor is archetypal Govinda-turf, with Varun Dhawan, with his nasally tone, achieving a mock-copy at best (the movie’s most effective guffaws come with his interactions with god – who speaks back). When Mr. Dhawan isn’t channeling Govinda, or doing goofy-looks, one can sense a bit of recent Shahid Kapoor in him. That he does well in quite a few scenes, regardless of originality, is saying something.
Meanwhile the leading ladies – Nargis Fakhri (who enters late, and performs less as the second lead) and Ms. D’Cruz – have pintsized personas, reflecting neither intelligence nor particularly good acting skills. The rest of the supporting cast – including Anupam Kher, Evelyn Sharma, Saurabh Shukla, Rajpal Yadav, Manoj Pahwa and Shakti Kapoor – are underwritten caricatures of past performances, whose comedy either struggles with the badly timed edits or the unsupported cinematography.
The Final Word
Main Tera Hero is wishy-washy entertainment that works on-and-off because of Mr. Dhawan’s experienced hand as a director. The soundtrack, with Music by Sajid-Wajid, helps twice – once in “Palat”, sung by Arijit Singh and then in “Besharmi Ki Height” sung by Benny Dayal and Shalmali Kholgade. Their energy, however, is like the movie: think of it as a fizzy-pop drink that lost a good amount of its froth – and content – when opened.
Released by Balaji Motion Pictures, ‘Main Tera Hero’ is rated U/A, featuring (mostly) Varun Dhawan shirtless, brief sensuality and some fake blood.
Directed by David Dhawan; Produced by Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Alpana Mishra; Written by Milap Zaveri and Tushar Hiranandani; Cinematography by Sanjay F. Gupta; Editing by Nitin Madhukar Rokade; Music by Sajid-Wajid;
Starring, Varun Dhawan, Ileana D’Cruz, Nargis Fakhri, Anupam Kher, Manoj Pahwa, Evelyn Sharma, Saurabh Shukla, Rajpal Yadav and Shakti Kapoor.