Watch it only for Shahid Kapoor!
Raj Kumar Santoshi may have directed different genres, but his forte is comedy. One can never forget the classic 'Andaz Apna Apna' and his last film 'Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani' too.
Also, after dabbling with different types of cinema, Shahid Kapoor is back at doing what he does best - Comedy and Drama.
Raj Kumar Santoshi and Shahid Kapoor have merged together, so the expectations are soaring high from 'Phata Poster Nikhla hero'.
In India, parents always decide what career should the kids opt for. While Vishwas Rao (Shahid Kapoor) aspires to be an actor, his mother (Padmini Kolaphure) wants him to become a police officer.
Vishwas moves from a small town to Mumbai under the pretence of fulfilling his mom's desire, but ends up auditioning for movies. Things go crazy when his mom comes to visit him and he has to pretend being a police officer.
Complaint Kajal (Ileana D'cruz) is a comic social worker who keeps visiting the police station with complaints, literally everyday. Kajal also believes that Vishwas is a police inspector and unknowingly puts him on a mission to fight with the mafia.
Shahid Kapoor makes a dashing entry by tearing the poster in the movie, from scene one he proves that he knows his comic craft really well. From drama, to action to romance, Shahid does it all and proves that he is a complete package. Dancing is Shahid's strength and he puts it to good use in 'Agal Bagal' and 'Dhating Nach'.
Ileana D'Cruz is good, she has a comic timing but needs to work on her dialogues.
Padmini Kolaphure just doesn't work, she stands like a sore thumb in the movie, her emotional drama slows down the momentum down. Saurabh Shukla is hilarious as the don. Darshan Jariwala has done a great job as the joint commissioner of police. Sanjay Mishra is entertaining.
Salman Khan lends star power to the movie and his scene with Shahid is hilarious.
Nargis Fakhri is sizzling hot and tries hard to match dance steps with Shahid.
Pritam has assembled a great musical album. There is the funny 'Agal Bagal', romantic 'Tu rang sharabton ka' and an item song 'Dhating nach'.
Director of Photography, Ravi Yadav does a decent job. Editor Steven Bernard sure could have kept the movie short as after a point of time it feels like a drag.
Rajkumar Santoshi has written an interesting story, but the screenplay gets monotonous in the second half. The dialogues are average too. However, the direction is simply superb, he has plenty of funny scenes, and even a serious situation ends up comically.
Shahid Kapoor is at his best! He makes a very sincere attempt to get his career back on track, however, he is let down by a slow screenplay.
'Phata Poster Nikhla Hero' is an average movie but its worth watching only for Shahid Kapoor.