MAIN TERA HERO
Balaji Telefilms Ltd.’s Main Tera Hero (UA) is a romcom. Shreenath Prasad alias Seenu (Varun Dhawan) is a good-for-nothing guy, poor in studies, and always upto mischief. He wears his heart on his sleeve (dil-phenk insaan). He comes to Bangalore to study when his teacher in his home town fails him for poor performance. As soon as he sets foot in college, he meets Sunaina (Ileana D’cruz) with whom he falls head over heels in love. But Sunaina is the apple of Angad Negi’s (Arunodaya Singh) eye. Although Angad is a police officer, he behaves like a ruffian and has anger control problems. Sunaina hates Angad but she dare not say so because that could land her father (Shirish Sharma) in jail.
Angad challenges Seenu to woo Sunaina but is shocked to learn that he is successful in winning her heart. There’s an underworld don, Vikrant (Anupam Kher), who lives in Bangkok with his daughter, Aisha (Nargis Fakhri), and paramour (Evelyn Sharma). Since Aisha loves Seenu and wants to marry him, her father manipulates things in such a way that Sunaina is kidnapped and held captive by him. The logic is that Aisha would marry Seenu if and only if Sunaina is out of his life. Police officer Angad wholeheartedly supports Aisha’s father as that’s the only way he would be able to get Seenu off Sunaina’s back and thereby marry her.
Once in Bangkok, Seenu pretends to reciprocate Aisha’s love as her father is a very influential and dangerous person. Sunaina is crest-fallen when she sees Seenu agreeing to marry Aisha but she soon learns that Seenu loves her and wants to secure her release and that his professing love for Aisha is an eyewash. Soon, Angad also lands in Bangkok. It is now Seenu’s endeavour to get Aisha off his back and also to run away with Sunaina. But does he succeed? Whom does he marry, Sunaina or Aisha or none of the two?
The film is a remake of Telugu hit Kandireega. Tushar Hiranandani’s screenplay is engaging and keeps the audience involved, engrossed and entertained right from the word ‘go’. The bottomline of the entire drama is entertainment – and this is ensured even at the cost of logic. In fact, the screenplay is full of illogicalities but the audiences craving for entertainment don’t mind it at all. They sometimes laugh at the comedy and at other times, at the stupidity and idiosyncracies of the various characters. Actually, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the drama oscillates between comedy and buffoonery, both of which entertain the audience. While the classes would laugh at the comic portions and feel only a bit entertained (without guffawing or, perhaps, without even laughing) by the buffoonery, the masses would feel tickled at both. Of course, the more discerning audience will not approve of the illogical drama. In other words, the screenplay restricts the film’s appeal.
The first half is good but it does have its dull moments as not everything is funny and the pace is also not very fast. But the drama picks up after interval and the pace also increases, giving the viewers enjoyable entertainment. The last few reels of the film are, of course, the best part of the drama as they keep the audience smiling and laughing at regular intervals. There are occasions in the last few reels when the audience is in splits. Milap Milan Zaveri’s dialogues are funny, some even hilarious.
Varun Dhawan shines in the role of Seenu, playing to the gallery, acting, dancing, prancing and generally entertaining the audience with his antics. He is very easy in front of the camera in comic scenes and his sense of timing is extremely good. His female fan following will increase after this film. Ileana D’cruz looks pretty and acts with ease. Nargis Fakhri suits the character of Aisha. She looks glamorous and performs well. Anupam Kher impresses with his inspired performance. The echo effect of his dialogues is a lovely punch for the audience. Arunodaya Singh does effectively what he is required to do. Saurabh Shukla is a major highlight of the film. First, as a talkative aide of Aisha’s father and then, as the wheelchair-bound patient who can’t talk, Saurabh is simply brilliant. He evokes a lot of laughter. Rajpal Yadav is another actor who is in his element. He makes the viewers laugh with his acting and dialogue-delivery. He, too, adds to the film’s entertainment quotient. Evelyn Sharma has her moments. Manoj Pahwa and Supriya Shukla lend able support as Seenu’s parents. Shakti Kapoor makes his presence felt in a special appearance. Shirish Sharma and Gargi Patel make their mark as the parents of Sunaina. Raju Kher (as Seenu’s teacher), Ashwin Mushran (as the instructor in the anger management class) and the rest provide the necessary support.
David Dhawan’s direction is credible. He keeps the narrative pace fast, more so in the post-interval portion, and does not deviate from his one-point plan: to entertain. Sajid-Wajid’s music score is very good. All the songs are extremely popular and their lyrics (Kausar Munir, Kumaar and Danish Sabri) blend well with the mood and feel of the film. Song picturisations (Ganesh Acharya for ‘Shanivar rati’, and Bosco-Caesar for the other songs) are all truly eye-filling. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the songs come as a welcome diversion. Sandeep Shirodkar’s background music is pretty effective. Sanjay F. Gupta’s camerawork is lovely. Action scenes, composed by Mahendra Verma, are alright. Sukant Panigrahy’s sets and art direction are of a good standard. Nitin Madhukar Rokade’s editing is sharp.
On the whole, Main Tera Hero is an entertaining fare and will keep everyone associated with it happy. The producers have recovered a hefty part of the total investment (Rs. 38 crore) – almost 55% – from sale of satellite rights alone. After taking into account receipts from sale of audio, Overseas and other ancillary rights (approximately 20%), recovery of the balance 25% from India theatrical business should be a cakewalk.