Phata Poster Nikhla Hero (transl. The poster tore and the hero came out) is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language action comedy film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. The film features Shahid Kapoor and Ileana D’Cruz in the lead roles, and was released on 20 September 2013 to a mixed to positive response from critics. It is loosely based on 1989’s movie Guru starring Mithun, Sridevi, Shakti Kapoor in which Mithun also pretends to be police inspector and accidentally catches the criminals of a specific gang on different occasions whereas in reality he doesn’t get selected for the police job due to a corrupt police officer played by Yunus Parvez.
Savitri Rao (Padmini Kolhapure), a widow, hopes that her only son, Vishwas (Shahid Kapoor) will grow up to be a brave Inspector. But Vishwas wants to become an actor. Dressed as a Police Inspector for a photo shoot, he meets social worker Kajal (Ileana D’Cruz) during a car chase. Kajal mistakes him as an inspector and thanks him for helping her catch the goons, while Vishwas plays along. He is mistakenly published in the newspaper as an Inspector, which Savitri sees. She arrives in Mumbai to see her dream come true, and circumstances lead Vishwas to carry on his lie not only to Kajal, but also to his mother.
While shooting for a film, Vishwas’s mother comes to know that he is not an inspector. She faints and is admitted in the hospital, where the doctor tells him that she needs to be operated and the amount required is ₹ 1 million. He agrees to work for Gundappa (Saurabh Shukla) (the boss of the goons Vishwas and Kajal caught) for money where he needs to bring a CD for them. While escaping after getting the CD he is caught by police and accidentally shoots two police officers. Since he is now a murderer, he is left with no choice but to join Gundappa’s gang. Meanwhile, Kajal, who is under the impression that Vishwas has gone bad, along with some men plans to save him from doing any crime. So they go to the gangs den purposely and tells the foolish Gundappa that she came to marry Vishwas. Hence, creating a confusion so that Gundappa leaves Vishwas. On the other hand, Joint Commissioner (Darshan Jariwala) (who was also kidnapped) tells Savitri that Vishwas is actually not doing any crime but is working for the police. Kajal learns this from Savitri later and goes to apologise to Vishwas for misunderstanding him. Not knowing that they are being watched on CCTV, she apologises to Vishwas and leaks details of his plans. Somehow, Vishwas and his mates are able to flee. But his mother and Kajal are held by Napoleon (Mukesh Tiwari) (the ultimate Don, boss of Gundappa). After fighting the goons, Vishwas hands over Napoleon (who is revealed to be his own father) to the police and tells everyone that he will become a police officer as they are real life heroes. He did all the filmy actions as a fake police officer and now wants to be a real police man and do his duty for his country. His mother’s dream is finally fulfilled.
Salman Khan in a cameo as Himself
Shahid Kapoor as Vishwas Rao, Savitri’s son
Ileana D’Cruz as Kajal (Vishwas’s love interest)
Padmini Kolhapure as Savitri Rao
Darshan Jariwala as Commissioner
Saurabh Shukla as Gundappa Das
Sanjay Mishra as Jogi Bhai
Zakir Hussain as Officer Ghorpade
Mukesh Tiwari as Napoleon and Vishwas’s Father Yashwanth Rao
Jung Bahadur Rana
Deepika Kamaiah as chief security officer’s daughter
Tinnu Anand as Director
Nargis Fakhri in the song “Dhating Naach” (Special Appearance)