Main Hoon (Part-Time) Killer previously known as Main Hoon Rajinikanth is a 2015 Indian comedy spoof film in the Hindi language. The film is written and directed by Faisal Saif and produced by Mrs. Saroj under the banner of Varsha Production House. The film marks Bollywood début of South Indian actor Adithya Menon.
The film was initially supposed to release in the year 2014, but faced huge opposition and controversy when South-Indian actor Rajinikanth approached Madras High Court to stop the film's release based upon the use of his name in the film's title. Business of Cinema categorized the film as Top 10 banned films of Bollywood along with movies such as Bandit Queen, Black Friday, Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love and Kissa Kursi Ka.
After a long-running court battle, filmmaker Faisal Saif finally changed the title of the film falling under producer's pressure and it was released on 22 May 2015 across North India. However, in South India it was not released to avoid any further legal disputes.
The film tells the story of a funny and wicked C.B.I officer-cum-contract killer Rajinikanth played by (Adithya Menon) who goes in for a killing-spree undercover assignment from another stupid, funny and wicked millionaire Bachchan (Shakti Kapoor) to deliver ₹50 million (US$780,000) hard cash back to him which is captured by a corrupt cop Hariprasad Venkatesh Naidu (Shabbir Ali).
Things go awry when Hariprasad Venkatesh Naidu dies suddenly while making love to his beloved sex-worker Mallika (Kavita Radheshyam). Mallika who also happens to be a die hard fan of South Indian superstar Rajinikanth, sees a golden opportunity to grab the bag full of money and run away. Mallika waits for Train back to her village Bhanpur at Hanumangarh Railway Station where Rajinikanth comes in search for her with an intention to kill her and take back the money to where it belongs.Adithya Menon as Rajinikanth
Kavita Radheshyam as Mallika
Shakti Kapoor as Bachchan
Smita Gondkar as Madhu
Sunil Pal as Arvind Mukherji The Khaas Aadmi
Reema Lagoo as Reema Lagoo Type Mother
Ganesh Yadav as Anna
Mohnish Nawani as Bachchan's Brother
Shabbir Ali as Hariprasad Venkatesh Naidu
Sodhi Sultan as The Irritating Sleeping Man
Sameer Khan as Manoj Golati
Kumar Siddharth as The Condom Salesman
After wrong speculations from some Press and Media, Director Faisal Saif and actor Adithya Menon cleared the vibes of this film not being a biographical film on Rajinikanth but a comedy spoof film and a tribute which will not hurt any sentiments or feelings of the superstar or his Fans.
Director Faisal Saif announced his third comedy spoof film as a tribute to the living superstar and cultural icon of Tamil cinema Rajinikanth. Actress Kavita Radheshyam was approached and roped in for the main lead part alongside Adithya which will be similar to the late Silk Smitha. Reema Lagoo was approached to play a Spoof on herself in the film which was later termed as a surprise appearance by the actress. Marathi cinema's controversial actress Smita Gondkar was approached and signed to play an important role.
On 17 September 2014, actor Rajinikanth moved to the Madras High Court to stop the release and screening of this film stating that various press releases, video releases, web articles, posters and information from other sources about this film revealed that the producer had lifted/exploited the super hero image of Rajinikanth from various movies by including in the forthcoming feature film.The stay was granted, and the makers of the movie have been directed not use superstar's name/image/likeness.
Director Faisal Saif after filing counter to the case denied the allegation about the film being a biopic on the star, He also stated he hasn't used any names/image/likeness/caricature and the case being filed on the film is baseless and done with lack of knowledge
On 27 September 2014, Faisal Saif kept a special screening at AVM Preview Theatre for Rajinikanth and stated "We are holding a special screening of the film for Rajinikanth and Soundarya so that they may come to the right conclusion about my film not being based on Rajinikanth in any manner. The case filed by his lawyers against my film is absolutely baseless and it has been done with lack of knowledge and without seeing the content of my film."
On 3 February 2015, Madras High Court ruled out the decision in favor of Rajinikanth and restricted Faisal Saif from using the actors name in his upcoming film. Saif, however agreed finally to change his film's title
The first look poster of the film was released in Press and Media by the makers where The Times of India appreciated with words such as "The first poster succeeds in giving you that comical feeling".
The makers changed the film's title to Main Hoon (Part-Time) Killer and planned to release the film on 24 April. But the film's release was pushed further as Madras high court ordered Central Board of Film Certification of India to Re-Censor the film as it had direct references to Rajinikanth and his family. The film was later scheduled to release alongside Anurag Kashyap's Bombay Velvet but following Bollywood star Salman Khan's five years imprisonment sentence, Faisal Saif decided to push the release date a week further showing the support and stand for the star.
Despite of a limited number of 100 screens all over North India, The film managed to open 50% collections of the gross capacity across Mumbai, Maharashtra, Delhi and Rajasthan circuits and was positively received by critics such as Box Office Collections giving 3.5 out of 5 Stars and calling it "Main Hoon (Part-Time) Killer is better than Rajinikanth's Lingaa". Praising the director further, It said "Faisal Saif may not be an outstanding technician but he is surely the director who has made a good entertaining package which in the coming times will become a Cult". The Daily Star allowed 3.5 out of 5 stars pointed out its cinematography and acting as its strength.Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma produced an erotic film titled Savitri which he later renamed as Sridevi for which actress Sridevi sent him a legal notice to change the movie's title. The maker, however refused to change the film's title.
Another Telugu film titled A Shyam Gopal Varma Film was released in January 2015, which was termed as a spoof film on Ram Gopal Varma. The film had actor Shafi playing the lead role.
Tamil director N. Lingusamy produced a film Rajini Murugan, using the name of Rajinikanth in the title. He said to the media, "We'd chosen this title around the same time that the Main Hoon Rajinikanth controversy case was on. I called him (Rajinikanth) to explain why we'd used it, and he graciously asked us to go ahead with it,"
A Comedy T.V Series on Life OK is titled Bahu Hamari Rajni Kant where the lead protagonist is a Human Robot.