Heroine - Notepad

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

Except for a difficult performance by Kareena Kapoor and the lost character she plays, Heroine is one dramatic scene after another without anything substantial.

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Plot Summary

The ups and downs in the life of an actress, Mahi Arora (Kareena Kapoor) from the Hindi film industry and the struggle she has to go through to remain in the game.

What Worked

  • That women in her life empower Mahi – her therapist, her publicist and her Bengali co-star.
  • The way Mahi handles sexual overtures.
  • Kareena Kapoor's eagerness at being a good actress in the Bengali director's film.
  • Kareena Kapoor in ethnic wear – simply gorgeous.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The opening sequence. And the way it connects later. Pretty lame.
  • The title song sounded like title songs of thrillers.
  • The journalist as a narrator.
  • Abbas Khan (Sanjay Suri) shows up at every party and yet he is introduced with another character telling him how he never attends parties.
  • The therapy scenes. A psychiatrist prescribes medicines under duress? Really?
  • Top stars behaving like college boys when talking about new heroines in the industry.
  • The lame image-building formula put down by Mahi's publicist (Divya Dutta)
  • The Bengali film world caricature, sure it was funny, but too much stereotyping.
  • Angad (Randeep Hooda) complaining about losing a year as if his biological clock is ticking!

Nitty-Gritty

This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • Lovely jhumkas (hooped earrings) worn by most women through the film.