PHATA POSTER NIKHLA HERO is a one man show.
Shahid Kapoor gets to dance, fight, romance and even groove with an item girl. In short, his talent is showcased in this film which is just under two-and-a-half hours. If the timing was trimmed, it would have been (in cinematic lingo) a solid entertainer.
Nevertheless, given the unnecessary breaking into two songs and the disclaimer coming upfront where they mention that this movie is in no way meant to make fun of the police force, it is entertaining in bits, and super entertaining in parts.
The story is simple. It has an eighties-like plot. The twists and turns are all too familiar. Hero dreams of making it big on the silver screen. His mother wants him to be an honest police officer. Hero tries every trick in the book to fail the entrance test to the police force. Finally, as luck would have it, he is called to Mumbai for a selection process. CHECK OUT: Rajkumar Santoshi - Shahid Kapoor was very apt for PHATA POSTER NIKHLA HERO
His friend tells him this is a good time to make the round of production houses to look out for work. During one photo shoot to spruce up his portfolio he is forced to leave in the police uniform he was posing in as his clothes go missing. From here begins the case of mistaken identity. He is straightaway pulled into a kidnapping chase by Kaajal (Ileana D'Cruz), a social worker.
To make matters worse, his mother (Padmini Kolhapure) is now coming to spend a few days with him as his photograph has been mistakenly printed in a newspaper in a police uniform.
A cop or an actor: which one of the two is he? He is forced to act as one, while be another!
Shahid belts out his performance as though this is his last. And this is what makes him endearing; be it in comedy, action, romance, dance or drama. He scores big time in all roles. Ileana D'Cruz is quite an irritant. And this is surprising because she made quite an impact in BARFI! Agreed her role required her to be noisy, but why did she have to go over-the-top with her antics? It's as though like she is screaming for attention, when a little subtlety would have done the trick.CHECK OUT: Will Tips' PHATA POSTER NIKHLA HERO mark Shahid Kapoor's comeback?
PPNH is not one of Rajkumar Santoshi's best works yet, but considering the genre, the director has stuck to the premise of packing in all the ingredients that makes it a masala film, without trying to go over-the-top.