Not exactly meant for family audiences, Main Tera Hero is a refreshingly unpretentious, says Paloma Sharma.
The first in a long enough list of good news is that at least, for once, it is original(ish).
Bollywood has owed us, the faithful, one for a while now and it's been a long time coming.
Perhaps the most refreshing thing about Main Tera Hero is that it features no superstars in the lead role which gives you the chance to watch Varun Dhawan transform from that-guy-who-isn't-Siddharth-Malhotra to Varun Dhawan.
A blend of Salmaan Khan's cool, Shahid Kapoor's energy and Govinda's dance moves, Dhawan redefines the words 'screen presence' with his high-voltage performance.
A slight reminder of a more raw Ranveer Singh from Band Baaja Baaraat, one can only wish Dhawan hadn't debuted with Student of the Year or he'd easily have had a higher ranking among his contemporaries.
Ileana D'Cruz is not to be left behind as Dhawan's love interest, shedding the solemn air from her debut Hindi release (Barfi!) to reveal a more fun side (which I personally prefer).
Dhawan stars as Srinath Prasad, a happy-go-lucky 25-year-old from Coonoor, who is the apple of his mother's eye and the bane of his father's existence. Srinath -- or Seenu, as everyone so lovingly calls him -- hasn't passed out of college in quite a while and his father taunts him over not having earned a degree.
Unable to bear it, he departs from home and ends up in Bangalore at a college called TIFT where he bumps into Sunaina (D'Cruz).
Despite vague warnings from several students, Seenu continues to pursue Sunaina in perfectly filmy fashion but thankfully, this film also features minimal rowdy behaviour on the hero's part, as well as consent.
Sunaina too has feelings for Seenu but is terrified into silence by her fears of what her stalker and his gang of TIFT's most notorious boys might do to him.
Sunaina's stalker is no ordinary man. He is the feared Angad Negi (Arunoday Singh) -- a powerful police officer with severe anger issues who has manipulated Sunaina into agreeing to marry him -- but Seenu is not afraid of him.
Ever the trickster, Seenu devices plan to save Sunaina from Angad but unbeknownst to the three of them, someone else is in the picture; and like Angad, she too equates love with possession.
Before I go any further I should probably clarify that after bearing Aisha and Jism 2, Main Tera Hero has made me fall just a little bit in love with Arunoday Singh. His transition from the big, bad cop to nothing more than soft putty in his lady love's hands is aww-inducing.