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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Phata Poster Nikla Hero

Casts: Shahid Kapoor, Ileana D'cruz, Padmini Kolhapure

Banner: Tips Music Films

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi

Producer: Ramesh S Taurani

Writers: Rajkumar Santoshi

Music: Pritam Chakraborty

Release Date: 20th September 2013

Story line: “Phata Poster Nikhla Hero” (PPNH) is the story of Vishwas Rao an aspiring actor who gets mistaken for a cop.

 Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:  Raj Kumar Santoshi started his career as an assistant director and worked with Govind Nihalani during the filming of Ardh Satya (1982). He has given colossal hit films at the box office and is known to be one of the most successful directors in Bollywood. His notable films as director include Ghatak: Lethal, Pukar and The Legend of Bhagat Singh. He won the Filmfare Best Director Award for Ghayal (1990) and Damini (1993), both starring Sunny Deol.

Santoshi is known to be one of the most versatile directors as he has directed films of all genres except sci-fi. His film Pukar focused on Indian army and court martial thereafter to its protagonist played by Anil Kapoor. Damini portrayed the justice and law of India. Andaz Apna Apna was a comedy which emerged as a cult in Hindi film history. Barsaat was a romantic action drama, which marked the debut of actor Bobby Deol. Lajja (2001) was a woman oriented film about four Indian women belonging to different strata of society. The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) saw Ajay Devgan as a freedom fighter. The film won a National Film Award and Filmfare Award. Khakee (2004) was another success for Santoshi. His films Family (2006) and Halla Bol (2008) did not do well at the box office. In 2009, his film Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif emerged as one of the biggest hits of that year.

My Gut Feel and comments:
Raj Kumar Santoshi has persistently delivered good movies in the past. They were filled with intense performances along with commercial wrapping.
However the irony is that when he attempted a cult comedy like Andaz apna apna (1994), it had fallen flat at box office. On the other hand his average comedy movie in 2009 Ajab Prem ki gajab kahani turned out to be one of a super hits.

Somehow with "Phata Poster Nikhla Hero", there seems to be little hope. Going by the promos, any Bollywood buff would be excited to watch this movie, as it appears swinging on the light hearted comedy line. As it seems today’s audience loves light hearted comedy films, however for me it appears too loud in nature and week in substance.

Though, I would like to be proved wrong in my view but chances are less. For me this is an average movie, scoring 2.5 stars out of 5 stars, five days before the release.


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