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Main Tera Hero review: Old wine, new bottle!

Movie:
Main Tera Hero
Director:
David Dhawan
Cast:
Varun Dhawan,
Illeana D'Cruz,
Nargis Fakhri,
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He talks to idols of gods and they reply back in tapori lingo. He has been thrown out of 15 schools and makes Dennis the Menace look tame. This trouble-maker is Seenu (Varun Dhawan) whose mother indulgently suggests that the question-paper must be wrong, when her son fails the college exams.

He decides it?s time to go to Bangalore and get a college degree. On the first day, after chatting up the God idol on the campus, he falls for Sunaina (Ileana D? Cruz). In typical ?90s style, our hero sings a song on the campus (that addictive ?Tera hero idhar hai??) and threatens to ?poke her? (on Facebook of course) if she doesn?t respond. She?s clearly not interested, but in Bollywood 'no' still doesn?t mean 'no'.

He follows her around, comparing himself to the dog in the mobile network ad. She doesn?t talk much, and has a constantly frightened expression. That?s because the local bully cop Angad (Arunoday Singh) claims to be in love with her and beats anyone who even dares sit next to her in the cafeteria.

Actually this character only has an allusion of choice? stuck as she is between a loafer and a sociopath. In fact at one point, she confesses to being more scared of Seenu than the brawny cop.

In this twisted competition over Sunaina, the loafer (Seenu) now attempts to outsmart the Big Moose cop (some pretty hilarious scenes). Both want to badger her into liking them. That?s romance for you in Dhawan-land?unabashedly sexist, archaic, and insensitive. Which is why, it?s unintentionally hilarious and sweet irony when a character talks about respecting women in the film.

This romance turns into a love triangle with the entry of Ayesha (Nargis Fakhri), the daughter of an underworld kingpin.

This is a complete commercial ?Bollywood hero? showcase for Varun--- a nicely wrapped gift from his father David Dhawan. In order to prop him up as the perfect commercial hero? Varun?s character is un-evolved enough to mistake harassment for romance, yet rescues women from molesters, does pelvic thrusts for dance steps, and talks in rhyme while bashing up baddies (who are caricatures anyway). What's more, his hair flutters like in shampoo ads when he's angry.

As for Varun Dhawan, he proves himself worthy of this enviable gift from daddy. From the goofy antics, the coarse romance, humour and dance ? Varun plays this unsophisticated hero superbly, even making the character adorable at times.

Ileana D?Cruz does reasonably well as the girlfriend and Nargis Fakhri still speaks with a heavy American accent while playing an Indian. The three good-looking actors lounge around the second half of the movie in resort wear ? the girl in skimpy tops and skirts and Varun flexing his muscles shirtless.

Director David Dhawan Bollywood-izes the Telugu film Kandireega [2011], and does manage to make a few scenes work. The equation between Varun and Arunorday?s character is somewhat entertaining, and so is the madcap ?comedy of errors? routine in the second half.

For more humour, you have a character?s voice echo as he was born in the valleys, and dialogue punning on Bollywood films. Then of course, you have insipid lines like, ?Jab se main pampers mein thi, mere daddy ne mujhe pamper kiya hai?. The lavishly shot songs are a huge plus. The plot is inane and characters behave completely differently in the second half, without motive or explanation (who cares about niceties like staying ?in character? and continuity).

I guess anything goes in a David Dhawan movie. Which is disappointing. Our movies and audience are making an attempt to evolve, but some filmmakers are insistent on rehashing the same old formula with new actors. Watch it if you don?t mind being served old wine in a glitzy new bottle.

Rating: Two and a half stars

 

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