Varun Dhawan's performance improves with every scene and by the end he stands out in STUDENT OF THE YEAR (October 19, 2012). All three characters (Alia Bhatt, Siddharth Malhotra and Varun) grow on you as the film progresses and by the time the film ends, you cannot but fall in love with them.
Alia and Siddharth have taken their careers further from their debut film with their subsequent releases. Varun goes four steps further; he blasts himself from 'Ground Zero' in MAIN TERA HERO.
Energetic, magnetic and full-on confidence, Varun's Seenu is a character designed to electrify and entertain. From scene one to end, Varun is in his elements drawing the laughs with deadpan confidence. Giving him company is a decent story-line which jogs along willingly without jumping to unfathomable scenes and situations: one scene leads to another.
Also giving him company is Arunoday Singh who is sure to grab a bagful of awards for his act of a corrupt cop and a buffoon in love; both characters delivered with the genius of a veteran. His menace and body language as the cop Angad, wanting to grab everything that catches his fancy, is emoted frighteningly beautifully. His anger management scenes are a gem. Top that with his role-reversal as putty when it comes to love and you have a complete variety displayed by an actor. CHECK OUT: MAIN TERA HERO songs lyrics
Seenu is a lovable guy who gets trapped in doing the wrong things. He has changed 13 schools in 13 years and when he decides to move to Bangalore for a degree, the entire town of Kunoor turns out to see him off, glad that he is going away.
On setting foot in TIFT College in Bangalore, he sights Sunaina (Ileana D'Cruz) and follows her, expressing his undying love. The whole college knows that Sunaina will marry Angad, who has forced his way into her house and heart. Seenu is nonchalant. He takes Angad and his cronies head-on.
But that is not the end of his 'problem free' love life. Sunaina is soon kidnapped and taken to Bangkok, where another surprise awaits Seenu in the form of Ayesha (Nargis Fakhri) and her villainous dad, Anupam Kher who speaks the last word three times for the echo effect. You see, he was brought up in a place surrounded by hills and has grown up hearing his echo! Hilarious!!
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From here, Seenu has to fight his way back to ensure that he gets back the love of his life. For that he has to hurdle over an over-enthusiastic Ayesha and her dad and gun-wielding staff.
David Dhawan teams up with his son for a mad-cap ride. Varun on his part does not disappoint. What is even more interesting is that in a role designed in a manner like Seenu's, it was easy for any actor to go 'over-the-top'. Not Varun. You see glimpses of Govinda as he dances with gay abandon and fights fluently and even mouths a few dialogues with a rising crescendo that reminds one of Chi Chi in his hey days.
The songs are foot-tapping and the powerful choreography adds to the entire fun-filled mood. There are a few scenes where you involuntarily break into a laugh.
The girls though are a disappointment. Ileana is surprisingly below the mark. Considering her super act in BARFI, she drops gears here. But the biggest disappointment is Nargis who comes up with a Sunny (Leone) like performance and that is sad, because in ROCKSTAR she emoted with her soul.
The end may not be entirely crisp and sane but is nevertheless balmy. CHECK OUT: Evelyn Sharma Interview
Watch MAIN TERA HERO for genuine laughs and also for the emergence of new stars, in this case Varun Dhawan. Watch it also for Rajpal Yadav who is endearing in his act as the side-kick to Angad and Saurabh Shukla who moves from his 'set dye'.
When Govinda burst onto the scene, he was labelled as the 'Poor Man's Mithun'.
Varun can safely be called the 'Rich Man's Govinda'.
The four stars are for its entertainment value and some brilliant performances.