Heroine - External Reviews

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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56 reviewers have given Heroine an average rating of 0.8/5.0 (?)

5 yays
43 nays
8 so-so

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Thumbs down by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...Subplots were also haphazardly added into the film, making it more bewildering, and sprawling a lot more than necessary.... full review

Thumbs down by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Heroine is actually fun in places where the focus is completely on politics in the film industry. The little trick Mahi pulls on a rival heroine (Mughda Godse) is worth a chuckle.... full review

So-So by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Performances by the supporting cast, including Arjun Rampal, Randeep Hooda and Divya Dutta, are passable, but a sequence of Kareena with Shahana Goswami and another with Helen deserves a special mention. ... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Acknowledging the positive dimensions of fame would leave Bhandarkar with nothing to expend his moral outrage on. (And I have to wonder if that well isn’t running dry. After all these films, all these fulminations against the seedier side-streets of our society, how much more moral outrage can one man still possibly have?) ... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...In fact that is the biggest failure of this project since it only stresses upon the negative side of a coin and tries to sell itself like an evil film to the audience... full review

Thumbs down by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice ...he focus is on the wrong-doings around her, not so much on her fight against it.... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...the viewer would experience explicit contentment to witness the truth behind the made-up faces of the film world, the shadowy secrets that lie behind the enchanting veneer.... full review

Thumbs down by Suparna Thombare, Bollywood Life ...On the face of it, Heroine had great scope to be developed into an interesting story. But director Madhur Bhandarkar gets confused – he wants to reveal the big bad world of Bollywood to the outsiders and tell a human story at the same time.... full review

Thumbs down by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town ...Problem with Bhandarkar’s script is that it has no structure and the director he has tried to rope in every possible stereotype to show the bad world of Bollywood... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...He picks a subject, puts a woman at the centre and then proceeds to degrade her completely. In the process, he also passes off broad generalisations as research, stereotypes as characters, silly lines as satire or profound truth, and some standard shock-value scenes. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...For most of the movie, we watch instead her trip from being a “zeroine” to a “zeroine” in a mad, sad jungle.... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...More than obvious traits of moviebiz are repeated ad nauseum... full review

Thumbs down by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini ...One of the few characters that feel genuinely real apart from a fabulous cameo by Helen is Divya Dutta's Pallavi - Kareena's PR who is delightfully dispassionate in her job and consistently remains so without showing any sympathy. ... full review

Thumbs down by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...Randeep Hooda & Arjun Rampal ham their way through the film. Shahana Goswami is great.... full review

Thumbs down by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...It is a pity indeed that more than her herculean effort, it is the supporting performances of Shahana Goswami and Divya Dutta that leave a much stronger impression.... full review

Thumbs down by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...An actor is as good or bad as her choice of films and Kareena Kapoor proves it by choosing to work in a Madhur Bhandarkar film.... full review

Thumbs down by Smita, Desi Martini ...Too weepy, too rambling, too long... full review

So-So by Shabana Ansari, DNA ...The character seems tailor-made for an actress of Kareena’s calibre. And she takes the viewers into the mind of Mahi as she battles personal demons while maintaining a cool facade.... full review

So-So by Kanika Sikka, DNA ...Shahana Goswami is brilliant, but it is unfortunate that her role is limited. Helen has a charming role and she plays it effectively.... full review

Thumbs down by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Kareena's impressed much more in films where she's put in less effort than what she does in Heroine.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...THIS IS NOT A FILM REVIEW It is a heartfelt lament by a depressed film lover who visits the cinema week after week in the hope that someone will regale her with stories of heroines she can look up to... full review

Thumbs down by Vivek Bhatia, Filmfare ...Kareena Kapoor plays Mahi with utmost ease, making each and every characteristic believable... full review

Thumbs down by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost ...Heroine contains every single one of the Bhandarkarian tics we have come to watch out for over the years... full review

Thumbs down by Rubina A Khan, FirstPost ...Kareena Kapoor looks stunning in every Manish Malhotra outfit as Mahi Arora and performs her part extremely well – as well as the askew screenplay and her mercurial character graph would let her.... full review

Thumbs down Free Press Journal ...Bhandarkar may have managed to touch new heights in terms of production budgets but his craft appears to be caught- up in a time- warp... full review

So-So by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com ...The music is average, as are the costumes. What brings the movie alive is the acting.... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...It's a surprise Bhandarkar does not show the HEROINE 'sleeping' with the director to get a role. SURPRISE! SURPRISE!... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...Helen is outstanding in her small role. Imran Khan, Shilpi Sharma, Rakesh Bapat and few more are horrible. ... full review

Thumbs down by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Kareena Kapoor works very hard to give Mahi depth. She looks sensational, but is also brave enough to risk being ugly on screen, literally and figuratively. Sadly, Bhandarkar has saddled her with a character without an arc. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...But these moments offer little entertainment in a film weighed down by its terrible writing.... full review

So-So by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...It is a high-pitched dramatic film that rides itself upon the eye-ball grabbing antics of its protagonist and Kareena Kapoor lives out her role with admirable flair. ... full review

Thumbs down by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...Madhur unleashes a veritable guessing game straight off real-life Bollywood with individual scenes. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Pretty much everyone, including good actors like Sanjay Suri and Ranvir Shorey, is turned into a cipher.... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, indiatimes ...The film is made enjoyable by some pithy dialogue credited to Niranjan Iyengar.... full review

Thumbs down Indicine ...His movies are getting repetitive and stereotypical.... full review

Thumbs down by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...Arjun Rampal is alright as Aryan with Randeep Hooda bettering him as the suave Angad.... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Kapoor’s performance is the film’s only redeeming factor, although there is no surprise to it.... full review

Thumbs down by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...Heroine takes the vivacious, sparkly, irreverent Kareena Kapoor and smothers her into a dull lackluster protagonist. She tries her best though and manages to shine in some scenes.... full review

So-So Movie Talkies ...Bhandarkar's Heroine is sure to give you a jolt of deja vu and remind you of Fashion that had impressed everyone a few years back. However, the director fails to realize that the same formula may not necessarily work again... full review

So-So by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA ...the basic storyline of the film had a very strong and powerful drama to engage the viewers, but the screenplay of it had only engaged selected kind of people, who are either into the industry or somewhat familiar with the real inside story of Bollywood. ... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...After one shot, this wedded-to-the-cause-of-true-art dada tells Mahi that she is “talking like a machine”. Feel the character, he insists. The film that Bhandarkar has made is indeed disappointingly mechanical. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...Much like his earlier films, there seems absolutely no flow in the narrative, leave alone a storyline. ... full review

Thumbs down by Afshan Shaikh, Planet Bollywood ...There’s very few positives to pick out from this movie as it feels like a badly remade Page 3 and or Fashion.... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ... But soon things devolve into utter lunacy, with Kareena's mascara eventually channeling Heath Ledger's Joker... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Formulas have a shelf life too. And styles fade. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ... Bhandarkar doesn’t really want to tell us a story, he just wants to string together incidents that allow him to comment on the film industry, take potshots at a couple of people and insert dialogue like “he has the hot for you babe” (yes, not hots, but hot).... full review

Thumbs down by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...Arjun Rampal and Randeep Hooda have done a good job even though they had small roles. Mugdha Godse said, “Shits!” which sums up her acting skills and how she talks in real life.... full review

Thumbs down Sify Movies ...Other than the central cast, almost everyone's acting is unforgivably bad. Even the central cast, for some bizarre reason, speaks their dialogue as if they've learnt the words by rote and are at a poetry recital. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...a great birthday gift from acclaimed director Madhur Bhandarkar for his muse Kareena Kapoor on her birthday.... full review

Thumbs down by Bhawana Somaiyya, Star Blockbuster ...Galloping through an incoherent script that fails to define stages and phases in the actor’s career, Kareena plays Mahi Arora on an even keel without any dramatic fluctuations. We don’t know how old she is and for all that she goes through, she is well preserved without any signs of ravage or degradation.... full review

Thumbs down by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...The length of the film is another deterrent. At 148 minutes, Heroine appears like an endless soppy saga of a moping actress. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...There’s nothing that ruins a deliciously bad film than seriously sincere acting... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, Times of India ...Before you can absorb or brood over one aspect, another is put forth. The climax, particularly, is well-etched leading to a trademark Madhur Bhandarkar culmination.... full review

Thumbs down by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall ...Rampal sleepwalking through a role based on a 'famous superstar', and he tries his best to exercise his facial muscles while driving a static car, on set, with Kareena and her red nose screaming into his ear. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rumanna Ahmed, yahoo! India ...I guess Kareena had hoped that this would be a National Award winning performance and to give credit where it's due, Bebo's neurotic portrayal of Mahi Arora is not all bad. But if this one was an acid test for her abilities as an actor, she is yet to prove her craft.... full review

So-So by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...Arjun Rampal, as the confused, non-committal, playboy Aryan Khanna, gives a believable performance.... full review