And he is back!!!! About a year after his biggest disaster in which he made a hash out of a wonderful Sai Paranjpe classic, he is back to being his old self. One that the sly old fella spoilt us with in the late 90s and early 2000s – usually with a certain Govind Ahuja in the lead.
For a while into Main Tera Hero, I was feeling a bit cheated because Srinath Prasad aka Seenu (Varun Dhawan) does everything in his limitations to mimic Govinda. At one time during the movie he says, “Dil apna bada hai, Jeb apna chhota hai, Dua mein yaad rakhna, chal apun chalta hai”. One could have sworn that it was Govinda and not Varun Dhawan on screen – well done Junior Dhawan.
For those who have been in love with David Dhawan’s version of Sadak Chhap (not slapstick but almost there) humour – like this author – Main Tera Hero is a blessing. One that we have been waiting for a long time now.
Seenu is a good for nothing but streetsmart boy from Coonoor where he stays with his parents. His is notorious in all of Coonoor and hasn’t found his way beyond matriculation to date. But of course in true David Dhawan style he moves to Bangalore to complete his graduation.
As soon as he gets to Bangalore, he encounters Sunaina (Ileana D’Cruz). It is love at first sight but he has to deal with Ileana’s self-proclaimed lover Angadh (Arunoday Singh) who is also a cop. And if that were not enough, we have a twist in the form of Ayesha (Nargis Fakhri) around the interval.
Main Tera Hoon is as David Dhawan as it can get. The dialogues are totally kick-ass. Like, “Main dikhta hoon na sweet innocent Swami types. Par hoon bada harami types”. Of course there is the dramatization of dialogue for Anupam Kher where his last words echo like in a 1970s flick – hilarious.
The last dialogue in the movie is absolutely killer. Typical Saurabh Shukla in dialogue that cannot be written by anyone other than David Sir (don’t let the credits fool you into believing that it is Milap Zaveri). “Jaise English me sach ko proof kehte hain, Aur Chhat ko Roof kehte hain, waise hi har language mein aap jaise logon ko Bewakoof kehte hain”!!!! And the crowd has to erupt!!! Standing ovation please!!! Take a bow!!!
What makes MTH more entertaining is actually the conviction with which the cast delivers the dialogue and their screen presence. No one allows Nargis Fakhri to destroy the movie single handedly – despite the fact that she tries her best to. Everyone else – Varun Dhawan, Arunoday Singh, Ileana D’Cruz, Anupam Kher – everyone else delivers.
In all, with MTH, it is time for you to get back to the slick Govinda movies that a lot of us grew up with. It is unlimited fun. It is your proverbial, “leave brains at home and enjoy yourself” movie. Purist Govinda fans may not take too kindly to the polished version in the form of Varun Dhawan but I say give the boy credit. 6 on 10 for the movie. 9 on 10 for entertainment!!!! Watch it!!!
Watch the trailer on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOWB0yGTrNY