Hero - Review

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New faces, but no value addition to the film, no new story.

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He can punch and kick, he can pump iron of course, he can dance, he can maybe even romance. Whether or not Sooraj Pancholi can act though we will have to wait for another film to know. She is tall, she has flawless skin, she can pout. Whether or not Athiya Shetty can act though we will have to wait for another film to know.

The good news though is that they aren't complete write-offs. Though it is suspicious that there are times when slow motion seemed to aid his swag and her pout even. But, you never know how things might turn out a couple of films later a la Alia Bhatt. Also, they barely have a chance at dialogue delivery in this film, given they have hardly more than a line at a time to deliver. Almost as if the director knew that they wouldn't be able to handle it.

Why a director with reasonable aptitude like Nikhil Advani agreed to make a film that is more or less a show reel for the starlings - whose parents weren't the greatest actors or even stars themselves – is beyond me.

Whatever the reason might have been, that the dialogue was held at bare minimum gave a few “moment”s to the film. Though not sizzling, at times, there is a lingering charm about Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty's chemistry. Which is also why we can maybe hold judgment about them as actors for a couple more films. They aren't completely plastic as we have come to expect from new actors. Yet, they aren't natural. Through the film you think of them more in terms of whose kids they are in real life rather than the characters they play.

The characters themselves barely have any facets or depth to them. Neither do any of the other aspects of writing. The story stays more or less like Hero (1983). Hero kidnaps heroine for whatever reason. Because they are hero and heroine they have to fall in love. How they drive overnight from Mumbai to a place where it snows is not a question we ask. Anyway, families don't like the alliance. Yadi-yada-da. We saw that 32 years ago and some versions of it before that and after.

Sure, the lighting, the framing, the editing (especially that of the laser dance) is slick. But, the finale performance or even the fight sequence is lame again.

It is striking that patronizing patriarchy has lived through the years. It was back then and it seems to be the norm – at least in many of our movies – even now. It is unnerving that the sole reason for the lead lady's existence in the film is so that she can be protected. It gives the men in her life something to do. Didn't make sense then, doesn't make sense now. Only now she is empowered enough to give away her shorts and mini skirts in an exchange offer for salwar suits to show that she is mourning.

Oh well. Life goes on. The same movie still gets made. New faces, but no value addition to the film, no new stories. So used to expecting the same thing over and over again have we gotten, that we have even stopped getting bored watching them. You shrug, “what else did you expect” and move on.

- meeta, a part of the audience

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Lots. But nothing too gory.
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Skimpily clad women
  • Concept: True love conquers all
  • General Look and Feel: Slick production but nothing out of the world.

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

  • Direction: 2
  • Story: 1
  • Lead Actors: 2
  • Character Artists: 2.5
  • Dialogues: 1.5
  • Screenplay: 0.5
  • Music Director: 1
  • Lyrics: 1

Hero - Movie Details

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Fan:

Father and mother were so-so actors. Wonder if the son could surpass them? I have my doubts, but who knows.

Father was a so-so actor. Wonder if the daughter could surpass him. I have my doubts, but who knows.

Fan:

Hero - 2015

A guy convicted for manslaughter is actively promoting a guy charged with abeitting suicide.

What depths has our society fallen to?

Villain - 2015 would be a more appropriate title.

ANuP:

I wanted this movie to be a flop..
In this era where newcomers are taking so much risk , also providing unique movies in their debuts , to debut in a remake of a movie released 32 years before and which again was not hit for a great plot but because of Subhash Ghai and Laxmikant Pyarelal , it was a bad idea (atleast HEROPANTI was a south indian remake that aslo not too old).
Although i have a soft corner for Nikhil Advani for delivering Kal Ho Na Ho and D Day and m also waiting for some quirky ness in KATTI BATTI.. But this one m not gonna give a try.. From the first trailer everything looks boring even the emotions of the lead cast. But Actually all the reviewers habe said that the movie was atleast bearable because to the performance of starcast which is shocking to me. Cant comment without seeing it on my Lappy..
This one is a skip for me..

Fan:

Totally avoidable film.

Do yourself a favour: if you want to watch Hero then watch the 80s version made by Shubhash Ghai. It is also not a great film but miles better than the 2015 version.

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