Shahid Kapoor recently said whenever he was in a stable relationship, his movies flopped. Looks like his luck hasn’t turned around even after being single. Phata Poster Nikhla Hero turned out to be a disappointment. The funniest moment in the ‘comedy’ film is the 2 minute scene in which Salman Khan makes a cameo appearance. For hours the audiences undergo the ordeal until the film’s climax, which is equally disappointing. The climax gives everyone who saw director Rajkumar Santoshi’s last film, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani a big sense of Deja Vu; which you will know later in this review. Phata Poster is labeled as an action-comedy. Well it makes a big comedy of the genres.
Phata Poster is about an aspiring actor, Vishwas Rao (Shahid Kapoor) who wants to be a famous hero one day. However, his mother (Padmini Kolhapure) is an honest, auto-rickshaw driver who wants her son to be a good cop. This mother-son relationship is actually the anchor of the film. Thanks to an accidental turn of events, the Mumbai police as well as goons start believing that Vishwas is in fact a police inspector. This fake cop and his mum are caught in the crossfire between the police and the Gundappa gang.
Shahid Kapoor tried his best with his expressions and his dancing skills. He is delightful in dance numbers like Khali Pili and Dhating Naach. However, even he can’t save the movie with so messy a plot.
In the recent past, we’ve seen Chulbul Pandey (Dabangg), Bajirao Singham (Singham) and Bahattar Singh (Khiladi 786). They became epitomes of cops-on-screen. With that image in mind, Vishwas Rao seems pathetic.
Vishwas (like all the above hero-cops) beats up a mini army of beefed-up men with ultra ease. He comes up with cheesy one-liners like Farhan Akhtar in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Unfortunately, Vishwas isn’t half as lovable as Chulbul Pandey or even remotely as cocky as Bahattar Singh. To suit to the ‘comedy’ label of the film, he tries very hard to be funny.
Vishwas’s love interest is Kajal, a social worker, played by Ileana D’Cruz. Filing FIRs against wrongdoers is the driving force behind her life- she’s even nicknamed ‘Complaint Kajal’ by the police. That is supposed to be the humor in the movie. D’Cruz looks stunning with her sexy eyes and her famour-in-South-India waist. Her wardrobe is impeccable. She seems to redefine beauty in some scenes but with an audience that expects a comedy, her magic doesn’t work. She handles the emotional scenes quite well but she can’t do any of the comic scenes or the romantic scenes. Maybe that’s the reason the director restricted the Vishwas-Kajal romance to 3 songs.
The first half is a fairly decent comedy. The director cum writer of the film got carried away with the first half and ended up ruining the second half.His formula of chaotic climax worked in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani but it became monotonous. The audience ends up expecting to see Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif on screen suddenly.
It’s like Phata Poster, Nikhla Ranbir!