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MAIN TERA HERO’ is a low-IQ endless bore that fails to make you laugh!
To advise “keep your brains at home while going for this movie” would be too inconsiderate, as the correct advice would really be to “rather stay at home”. While the songs are spirited and the look, jazzy, it hardly evokes any laughs. And that Varun Dhawan gets away with just a ‘smile’ as an expression doesn’t help either. Despite a runtime of a little over 2 hours, it appears to be just too long to sit throughout.
Remake of the Telugu film Kandireega, the story is about a mischievous, clever, charming daredevil HERO – Seenu (Varun Dhawan) who falls in love with Sunaina (Ileana D’cruz). To complete the Hero’s love story, there’s a villain Angad (Arunoday Singh), the corrupt cop, who wants to forcibly marry Sunaina. To make things spicier, enters Ayesha (Nargis Fakhri), who is madly in love with our Hero. A boisterous drama ensues, which takes our Hero from the mountainous Ooty, to the fun college campus of Bangalore, and then to a beautiful mansion, in the gorgeous Thailand.
Just to give you an idea of what’s in store: the film introduces our “hero” in a school where he’s flunked by two marks and is supposed to repeat the class for another year. But to force his professor into giving him those two grace marks, he abducts his daughter from her wedding. Now, instead of calling the police, the whole of professor’s terrified extended family begs in front of him (a school student) to leave the girl. Just when this scene ends abruptly, our hero leaves for Bangalore, determined to get his graduation degree. Perhaps he forgot, he’s yet to clear his school. Well, obviously these silly developments need to be overlooked in a genre to which this film belongs, provided the film is funny. Alas, it isn’t funny either. Most of the comedy is either slapstick or crass, and sometimes, sheer absurd. You know what’s coming, miles before it appears.
To be fair, the plot had to be absurd, and the screenplay, loud, but being completely devoid of laughs is not something that can be pardoned. Cheap laughs here and there might be induced, but no genuine fun can be had here. Songs are the real pullers in this product, and will give the film’s opening a definite boost. Also, the chic visuals, colourful on-screen ambience, and the dashing leading actors emphatically grab your attention. But all of this is messed up with too many characters spreading too much stupidity around, just too many times.
Of the performers, Varun Dhawan (goes without saying) seizes most of the screen space. He looks charming, seduces you with his chiselled physique and dances splendidly. You might argue that this is all you need to be a superstar in this country, but as a critic my job is to look beyond this and see the real substance beneath this glossy cover. And I could hardly find anything there. A straight face and a smiling one, are basically all of his expressions. But unlike most other wooden actors around, he has a striking screen presence and is likeable throughout. Ileana has very little to contribute through her performance, as ‘looking good’ was mostly what was required of her. Ditto with Nargis Fakhri, who couldn’t have pulled off anything superior anyway. Arunoday Singh looks his part but his acting prowess is still confined within a range. Character actors like Anupam Kher, Saurabh Shukla and others play their parts well.
In all, “MAIN TERA HERO” is a substandard film, even by David Dhawan standards. It isn’t bad, but is unable to make you laugh. As advised earlier, staying at home and wastefully relaxing for these two hours is a better choice to make.

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