Phata Poster Nikhla Hero

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Phata Poster Nikla Hero
Phata Poster Nikhla Hero Official poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi
Produced by Ramesh Taurani
Written by Rajkumar Santoshi
Starring Shahid Kapoor
Ileana D'Cruz
Music by Songs:
Pritam
Background Score:
Raju Singh
Production
company
Release date
  • 20 September 2013 (2013-09-20)
Country India
Language Hindi

Phata Poster Nikhla Hero (English: The Torn Poster Let Out A Hero) is a 2013 Bollywood action comedy film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. The film features Shahid Kapoor and Ileana D'Cruz in the lead roles, and was released on 20 September 2013 to a mixed to positive response from critics. It is loosely based on 1988's movie Guru starring Mithun, Sridevi, Shakti Kapoor in which Mithun also pretends to be police inspector and accidentally catches the criminals of a specific gang on different occasions whereas in reality he doesn't get selected for the police job due to a corrupt police officer played by Yunus Parvez.

Plot[edit]

Savitri Rao (Padmini Kolhapure), a widow, hopes that her only son, Vishwas (Shahid Kapoor) will grow up to be a brave Inspector. But Vishwas wants to become an actor. Dressed as a Police Inspector for a photo shoot, he meets social worker Kajal (Ileana D'Cruz) during a car chase. Kajal mistakes him as an inspector and thanks him for helping her catch the goons, while Vishwas plays along. He is mistakenly published in the newspaper as an Inspector, which Savitri sees. She arrives in Mumbai to see her dream come true, and circumstances lead Vishwas to carry on his lie not only to Kajal, but also to his mother.

While shooting for a film, Vishwas's mother comes to know that he is not an inspector. She faints and is admitted in the hospital, where the doctor tells him that she needs to be operated and the amount required is 10 lakhs. He agrees to work for Gundappa (Saurabh Shukla) (the boss of the goons Vishwas and Kajal caught) for money where he needs to bring a CD for them. While escaping after getting the CD he is caught by police and accidentally shoots two police officers. Since he is now a murderer, he is left with no choice but to join Gundappa's gang. Meanwhile, Kajal, who is under the impression that Vishwas has gone bad, along with some men plans to save him from doing any crime. So they go to the gangs den purposely and tells the foolish Gundappa that she came to marry Vishwas. Hence, creating a confusion so that Gundappa leaves Vishwas. On the other hand, Joint Commissioner (Darshan Jariwala) (who was also kidnapped) tells Savitri that Vishwas is actually not doing any crime but is working for the police. Kajal learns this from Savitri later and goes to apologise to Vishwas for misunderstanding him. Not knowing that they are being watched on CCTV, she apologises to Vishwas and leaks details of his plans. Somehow, Vishwas and his mates are able to flee. But his mother and Kajal are held by Napoleon (Mukesh Tiwari) (the ultimate Don, boss of Gundappa). After fighting the goons, Vishwas hands over Napoleon (who is revealed to be his own father) to the police and tells everyone that he will become a police officer as they are real life heroes. He did all the filmy actions as a fake police officer and now wants to be a real police man and do his duty for his country. His mother's dream is finally fulfilled.[1]

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

Development[edit]

The film has often been termed as a full-on "masala" commercial entertainer. Other than the casting and genre, the makers refused to divulge further details. In early August 2012, it was confirmed by director Rajkumar Santoshi that he had been offered the film along with actor Arpit Sharma and that he had been in talks for the previous six months.[citation needed] Soon after, when asked, Kapoor confirmed he had not yet signed on for the film, but was on the verge of doing so.[citation needed] It was also reported at the time that actress Diana Penty had been signed on as the female lead, though Ileana D'Cruz later replaced her.[2] Actress Padmini Kolhapure has been signed on to play the role of Kapoor's mother in the film. It was later revealed that newcomer Deepika Kamainah will play an important role alongside Shahid Kapoor and Ileana D'Cruz.[3]

Music[edit]

Phata Poster Nikhla Hero
Soundtrack album by Pritam
Released 10 September 2013 (2013-09-10)
Recorded 2013
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 39:14
Label Tips Music
Pritam chronology
Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara!
(2013)Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara!2013
Phata Poster Nikhla Hero
(2013)
R... Rajkumar
(2013)R... Rajkumar2013

The songs were composed by Pritam, with lyrics penned by Irshad Kamil and Amitabh Bhattacharya. The first song, "Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai", was released on 26 July. The song is sung by Mika Singh.

"Hey Mr DJ" is a club song sung by Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares and Shalmali Kholgade. The song "Rang Sharbaton Ka" is sung by Atif Aslam and Chinmayi, and the Reprise version of "Main Rang Sharbaton Ka" is sung by Arijit Singh. "Dhating Naach" is another number featuring Nargis Fakhri and sung by Shefali Alvares and Nakash. Songs are arranged by Vishal S.

The four tracks were released exclusively on the music streaming service Saavn.[4]

The film score was composed by Raju Singh.

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai" Mika Singh 4:25
2. "Main Rang Sharbaton Ka" Atif Aslam & Chinmayi Sripada 4:26
3. "Hey Mr. DJ" Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares & Shalmali Kholgade 4:22
4. "Mere Bina Tu" (duet version) Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Harshdeep Kaur 4:23
5. "Dhating Naach" Nakash Aziz & Shefali Alvares 3:10
6. "Janam Janam" Atif Aslam 4:48
7. "Main Rang Sharbaton Ka" (reprise version) Arijit Singh 4:38
8. "Janam Janam" (reprise version) Sunidhi Chauhan 3:06
9. "Mere Bina Tu" Rahat Fateh Ali Khan 4:11
10. "Janam Janam" (sad version) Atif Aslam 1:45
Total length: 39:14

Filming[edit]

The film was expected to begin shooting in November 2012 after Kapoor completed Maneesh Sharma's next project for Yash Raj Films, but the actor opted out of that film due to other commitments.[citation needed] Shahid Kapoor announced via Twitter that filming began on 2 November 2012. The film was expected to be completed by February 2013 but due to delay issues it was completed in March 2013.

Critical response[edit]

India[edit]

Taran Adarsh gave the film 3.5/5 and wrote, "Phata Poster Nikhla Hero brings back memories of old-fashioned comic entertainers. There's not much of a plot here, but you go with the flow without making much effort. You laugh, celebrate the silly gags and by the time the story reaches its conclusion, you realize that the film has won you over with its unfussy plot and basic characters, who don't have a serious bone in their body. On the whole, Phata Poster Nikhla Hero is an entertainer all the way. If you relished Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani from the team of Taurani and Santoshi, chances are you will also lap up this vibrant, kaleidoscopic, light-hearted entertainer."[5]

Madureeta Mukherjee of The Times of India gave the film 3.5 and felt, "The first half offers loads of cackles, chuckles, witticisms and spoofy scenes. Post-interval the comedy collapses for a bit with forced OTT drama, khaali-peeli action, and too many song breaks, but makes a comeback with delightfully funny moments. This one's worth it for the 'howlarity' of it all. And Shahid in his element. Note: You may not like this film if you don't have a taste for silly humour & mindless gags!"[6]

Faheem Ruhani of India Today gave the film 3 and judged, "Santoshi as writer, director and the dialogue writer is in good form. He would have been terrific if could have captured your interest in the same way as he did in the first half of the film. Still, the film is worth more than a few laughs. More because of the way the director spoofs Bollywood's tried and tested conventions and the jokes he cracks at the expense of an industry he is only too familiar with."[7]

Rummana Ahmed of Yahoo! Movies awarded the film 3 stars and summarised, "Phata Poster Nikhla Hero will entertain if you are willing to overlook its little indulgences."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PPNH Tribune". tribune. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Singh, Rohit. "Phata Poster Nikla Hero: Trailer (Releasing on 20th Sep, 2013)". MensXP.com. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Deepika Kamaiah in Arpit sharma's Phata Poster Nikla Hero". Oneindia. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.saavn.com/s/#!/s/song/hindi/Phata_Poster_Nikhla_Hero Saavn
  5. ^ "Taran Adarsh Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "TOI Review". Times of India. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "India today Review". India today. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Yahoo Movies Review". Yahoo. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 

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