To his credit, the Dhawan scion carries off the incessant demand on his performing skills. Varun is like a Govinda on steroids. He pumps up the energy level to the extent that even his two discernibly dheeli-dhaali heroines end up looking they are having fun. It could be just an act. We will never know. Every character is in the wink-wink mode. Cleverly David Dhawan builds on Varun's contagious gusto. Scene after scene gives the star-kid a chance to flex his muscles and demonstrate his skills at holding a frame up with gravity-defying laughter.
Main Tera Hero (MTH) is the kind of loopy, askew-me plot that makes no claims to any intellectual gratification. Its naked unassuming goofiness is its greatest USP. And who goofier than Varun Dhawan who starts off as a student in a college where the campus beauty Ileana d'Cruz is an untouchable! The neighbourhood goon-like cop, played by Arunoday Singh, has put a proprietoral seal on her. To be honest, Arunoday has the most difficult part in this any-goes comedy of hell-raising errors. He is shown to be a goon in khaki with serious anger-management issues.
One of the film's funniest sequences shows him bashing his anger-management therapist, Ashwin Mushran's face. I don't think this sequence could have been part of the original Telugu film (Kandireega).Writer Tushar Hiranandani updates the original material, giving the plot and the individual scenes a sense of renewed animation and vigour.
As a showcase for Varun Dhawan's skills Main Tera Hero is a cleverly designed blues-chaser. Surprisingly there is room for other actors to make an impact. Besides Arunoday who is happily stupid in his mushy-bully's role, Anupam Kher and Saurabh Shukla as a gangster and his right-hand man kick up a storm.
But what's with the Dhawan's bimbette treatment for his leading ladies? If Karisma Kapoor and Pooja Batra had nothing better to do than run around Govinda and Sanjay Dutt in Dhawan's Haseena Maan Jayegi, in Main Tera Hero Ileana and Nargis pant after Varun and Varun and Varun, and then some some Varun.
You get the picture? One of the songs commands, 'Palat! Tera dhyaan kidhar hai?" Hamara dhyaan bilkul idhar hai, Dhawan Saab. Bright, bouncy and colourful, the mad world of David Dhawan's 20-year old smile-a-while scheme gets a renewed laugh-line in Main Tera Hero. While Varun Dhawan goes about the task of filling up the screen with his confident zest, David Dhawan ensures there is enough fuel to furnish the funnies with a furious tempo.