When it comes to David Dhawan, the audience knows exactly what to expect. Most of his comedies don’t boast of an excellent plot-line, but the mix of various sub-plots involving different characters, mistaken identities and chaos provide the entertainment. However, he seems to have tried too hard in his latest directorial venture with son Varun.
Perhaps it was in a bid to show that his son could carry an entire movie, and two heroines, or perhaps it was his own paternal instincts, but Main Tera Hero does little to assuage the experience.
It starts off with Seenu Prasad (Varun Dhawan) leaving his hometown Ooty to go and study in Bengaluru where he meets the adorable Sunaina (Ileana D’Cruz) and instantly falls in love. Sunaina, however, is being menaced by a policeman (Arunoday Singh) who falls for her and considers her his property (reminiscent of Pokiri much?).
Defying the cop and his goons, Seenu manages to win over Sunaina’s heart. However, their romance hits a speed bump when Ayesha (Nargis Fakhri), the daughter of a powerful don dramatically falls for Seenu. Who ends up with who forms the rest of a movie that’s cliched, tried, tired and tested.
To add to the chaos, David Dhawan throws in a string of characters -- a hot-headed cop, a comical don, sidekicks, and an attractive woman as a prop. But for a film which looks to entertain, the humour is extremely laboured and manufactured and hardly makes you laugh. The lead actor’s silly conversations with different gods and the various one-liners makes you wonder, haven’t we seen this all before?
Not surprisingly, the film’s focus is on the director’s star son and is meant as a showcase for him. Varun fights, dances, romances and shows off his abs.
While he puts in a decent performance, it is undone by a poorly written character. The flimsily clad Ileana D’Cruz and Nargis Fakhri are both reduced to eye candies in the film, with neither getting any scope to actually act.
Nargis Fakhri should consider letting someone else dub for her as it is excruciating to listen to her in this film. Even with a veteran like Anupam Kher in the mix, there is hardly any respite; he is wasted as the dumb, trigger-happy don and the humour is predictable and repetitive. Arunoday Singh is decent as the burly cop, though he looks a bit lost and expressionless at times. Rajpal Yadav and Saurabh Shukla provide a few laughs as the sidekicks and Evelyn Sharma appears in a blink-and-miss role.
Sajid-Wajid’s catchy music is one of the few saving graces. The visuals too are well-captured and the cinematography is good. But the sheer lack of originality and forced humour leads to Main Tera Hero being a complete zero.
If you are looking for entertainment, you would be well advised to watch David Dhawan’s earlier comedies instead.