Throughout the screening of PHATA POSTER NIKHLA HERO (PPNH), I had a gentle smile on my face. It’s not exactly a comedy and there are dramatic moments aplenty but every time something serious happens we have something extremely non-serious liquidate its punch and thus bringing some wicked comic relief. When was the last time that you saw a film which showed the hero’s mother taken to the hospital and the doctor declaring her critically ill needing a surgery amounting to 10 lakhs and then couple of scenes later letting you know that it was all a hoax? Leave that alone and answer this. When did you last see a hero whose mother is terminally ill taking a cue on the name of the doctor and its resemblance with a popular film character. There are countless such scenes which make a mockery of the narrative and yet are able to tickle the funny bone of the viewers making PPNH an endearing watch.
PPNH is the story of Vishwas Rao (Shahid Kapoor) a boy who dreams of becoming a film star but his mother has other plans for him. She envisions him as a cop that her husband could never be and goes all out to make her son fulfill her dream. Vishwas arrives in Mumbai for a police interview but gets entangled in a chain of events which aligns him with the very bullet that he has been dodging all along. Plenty of laugh aloud moments later we have some serious “destroy the city” agenda brought in by the principal baddies namely Saurabh Shukla and Mukesh Tiwari. The situation further gets complicated when Vishwas’ relation with the principal baddie is revealed leading to some more hilarious outcomes.
PPNH is the perfect family entertainer. It has a decent plot, good action sequences, a warm and touching humane angle and loads of comedy. It’s squeaky clean in its content makes it a film for the age group of 5-50 years with absolutely nothing to winch about. Even the villains are adorable. Take for instance Saurab Shukla who plays a ruthless don but by the time we reach the second half he is rendered perplexed and overwhelmed by the onslaught of so much of dialog on him that he is practically blown out of his mind. His lectures on the police department not being the same that it used to be is done so naturally that it is bound to make even the dead laugh out loud. He is ably supported by Zakir Hussain who is just as clueless as him. The duo conjures up some of the funniest scenes of the film.
The film starts off slow and the first half is somewhat underwhelming but the onset of the second half sets alight the proceedings. The second half is fast and exhilarating giving a feeling that almost the whole film is unfolding in the second half. For the audience who had until now got adjusted with the slow first half are jolted up from their comfortable slumber. The story and the events quickly unfold leaving very little room for any yawn moments. The action sequences and the breezy songs only help the matter. There is ample romantic situations building up and they are used effectively to tug at those romantic chords. The finale is reminiscent of the typical Rajkumar Santoshi style of a climax set about by films like Andaz Apna Apna, Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani etc.
Shahid Kapoor is a revelation. He is so natural and endearing that one is bound to fall in love with him. His comic timing is super and he looks solid in the action sequences. Ileana as his beau looks ravishing but that’s all she has to do. Darshan Jariwala as the Chief cop is peppy. Padmini Kolhapure as Shahid’s mother is apt. Overall, PPNH is a wonderful and wholesome family entertainer. One should not expect it to be anything more and chances are it will prove to be worthwhile. Complete with almost everything that we love about Rajkumar Santoshi comedies, PPNH is an entertaining watch which leaves you with a good taste in the mouth. This is the kind of film that you want to see with your whole family and laugh out loud with them.