'Aa Gaya Hero'
Dir: Dipankar Senapati
Cast: Govinda, Poonam Pandey, Ashutosh Rana
Govinda's voice booms in the climax as he goes, “We all start from zero, take the right decisions and become hero.” Unfortunately, his decision to make Aa Gaya Hero is far from being a wise one. I doubt if there ever was a script for the film. The 123-minute poorly assembled, ill-conceived showcase of an ageing superstar trying to resurrect his career is nothing short of a vanity fare.
The plot is kept simple with the usual clichés and claptraps that will exhibit the Chi Chi swag. The film revolves around an ACP on a mission to catch a terrorist, who laughs like a hyena. For some inexplicable reason, the mission is called Abhinay Chakra (the original title of this film). Add to this a subplot of a bomb blast and suicide of a college girl. Apna hero fights random guys, jumps off cliffs, buildings, cars and keeps on saying '90s waale heavy-duty dialogues like, “Naam puchhne se pehle diaper toh pehan le. Saaf kya tera baap karega?” or “Hum policewale hai, waiters nahi ki orders ka wait karein.” The bad guys -- and there are plenty (Ashutosh Rana, Makarand Deshpande and Murli Sharma) -- have been thrown in just to ham. We also have the long forgotten Chandrachur Singh and Harish Kumar (Govinda's sidekick from Coolie No. 1) in this one.
In between chasing baddies, Govinda gets breathing time that he uses to sing songs, around six of them, and each features a different girl. No two scenes in the films have any connection to one another. Just like Govinda and his director Dipankar Senapati, the audience too will invariably lose the plot.
What's more, Govinda seems to be competing with Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan (Messenger of God) for a record on bagging maximum credits -- producer, story, screenplay and dialogues. And mind you, at 53, he can still charm you with that million-watt smile, funky dance moves and his colorful costumes, but that's not enough to pull off a film anymore.
Once deemed a hero of the masses, an entire generation has grown up watching his brand of comedy, but it is unfortunate to see the legend making a mockery of himself in this one. I'd rather suggest watching the re-run of his '90s movies.
As the film ended, the name of Central Board of Film Certification chairman Pahlaj Nihalani appeared in the rolling credits under 'Special thanks to'. Wonder what that was for.