Sunday, September 21, 2014

Every Last Cliche

PHATA POSTER NIKLA HERO (2013)

Produced By: Tips
Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Starring: Shahid kapoor, Ileana D'Cruz, Padmini Kolhapure, Mukesh Tiwari and others
Pros: Good acting from Padmini Kolhapure, good music
Cons: Bad story, mostly bad acting and just about everything else
Rating: ** of 5 (2 of 5)

Two stars is actually pretty good for this one - I would usually refuse to even rate a movie as pathetic as this one, but for each of its pros, it did deserve some praise. Keyword - some. For, Phata Poster Nikla Hero is quite literally an amalgamation of the very worst in Bollywood, from cheesy dialogue to plain bad acting. Of course, there is no real story, it's an amalgamation of every formula ever applied. Call it the master formula!

But to be fair, there were some good things in the film. Padmini Kolhapure did put up a good show, despite of her extremely shallow character. And the music was quite good, especially the now-famous Main Rang Sharbaton Ka from Arijit Singh. And, in a strange way, the cliches were supposed to be a part of this film centered around someone looking to join Bollywood. In that respect, they weren't all that bad.

But where the movie really fails is the fact that it doesn't really have a story. Even Bollywood cliches can be mocked inside a story - the director (who also wrote the story) just didn't try. And that's where this movie really failed. (OTFS)

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