• It loses steam at the halfway mark when the laughs suddenly dry up.

  • Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    On this one-liner of a plot, Rajkumar Santoshi has built a two-and-a-half-hour film which is meant to make us laugh, but ends up making us groan instead.

  • Anupama Chopra
    Anupama Chopra


    Phata Poster Nikhla Hero is intermittently entertaining. If you are undemanding or a Shahid Kapoor fan, you might enjoy it.

  • Suparna Sharma
    Suparna Sharma
    Deccan Chronicle


    ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’ has several themes that are similar to ‘Andaz Apna Apna’, but its slapstick is not as sharp. ‘Phata Poster…’ misplaces its funny bone and begins to wobble when it’s barely half way, and though it tries to resume the gag, it’s just not up for the task. Which is not to say that ‘Phata Poster…’ is not fun or funny. It is. In parts.

  • Regardless of Phata Poster Nikhla Hero’s uneven pace and indecisive disposition, Shahid Kapoor, armed with a kooky grin, gives it his best shot.

  • Stay away from this film if you value your time and money. And if you still insist on giving it a shot, do remember that there is no refund on the ticket. That is what you will be asking for well before the joke winds up.

  • Madhureeta Mukherjee
    Madhureeta Mukherjee
    Times Of India


    You may not like this film if you don’t have a taste for silly humour & mindless gags!

  • I haven’t really enjoyed the film after a certain point and that makes me benevolent enough to mark them judiciously. PPNH has a mangled up, messily fabricated screenplay with actors who remain overtly ordinary. I found converging into an insipid and dull affair. Honestly Shahid could have been more suited had he found more compatible co-actors but with limited versatility this is all he could manage. I found the film snail pacing its way towards a less magnanimous and more exhausting climax than one would have expected. For the laborious work in the first half I am giving the film 2.5/5. If you are leading a very monotonous life and cinema is your only respite, then this would be recommended to you!

  • Faheem Ruhani
    Faheem Ruhani
    India Today


    The film is worth more than a few laughs. More because of the way the director spoofs Bollywood’s tried and tested conventions and the jokes he cracks at the expense of an industry he is only too familiar with.

  • Taran Adarsh
    Taran Adarsh
    Bollywood Hungama


    PHATA POSTER NIKHLA HERO is an entertainer all the way. If you relished AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI from the team of Taurani and Santoshi, chances are you will also lap up this vibrant, kaleidoscopic, light-hearted entertainer.

  • Sachin Chatte
    Sachin Chatte
    The Navhind Times


    Phata Poster Nikhla Hero looks like a film of the 70’s and 80’s – very little logic, lots of melodrama, plenty of songs and a climax that looks like it was written using the Andaz Apna Apna template.

  • Rummana Ahmed
    Rummana Ahmed
    Yahoo! India


    …will entertain if you are willing to overlook its little indulgences.

  • For a filmmaker who has made movies like ‘Lajja’, ‘Damini’, and ‘Ghayal’, this one is a let-down. And, with hints of a sequel for his classic comedy ‘Andaz Apna Apna’, we’d just hope it just doesn’t end up in a mess, like this one.

  • Simantini Dey
    Simantini Dey


    The most fun moment in Phata Poster Nikla Hero is the one in which Salman Khan makes a cameo appearance. It lasts for just about two minute, which means for hours, you just sit there wondering what on earth you’re watching.

  • Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta


    Phata Poster Nikhla Hero is an entertaining fare and will keep the audience as well as the distributors smiling. But its dull start will affect its final tally. Its business in single-screen cinemas will be better than in the multiplexes because the classes would not approve of the cinematic liberties like the masses.

  • This movie is supposed to be a comedy, though it’s cacophony for the most part with assorted dons, fake cops, real cops, and general unexplained madness.

  • Siddhi Palande
    Siddhi Palande


    Very predictable, the film is a concoction of all the films by Santoshi.

  • Karan Anshuman
    Karan Anshuman
    Mumbai Mirror


    Phata Poster Nikhla Hero is a caper comedy that rides on pop culture and, in full awareness, cliches…
    Essentially a gimmicky two-star film that entertains in bits, a half star extra for Salman Khan’s epic, self-deprecating cameo.