A Fairy Tale Far From Reality
Hero is among the most awaited movies of Bollywood this year, which is a remake of a Subhash Ghai 1983 film with the same title starring Jackie Shroff. In fact, the classic film of eighties was the debut of Jackie in B Town unlike the way this remake is for Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty. The film has therefore two novices who are opening their career in B Town with Hero, which is directed by Nikhil Advani, while it is produced by Salman Khan along with Subash Ghai. The music comes from a slew of people including Meet Brothers, Sachin-Jigar and Amaal Malik. Now, let’s look deep into the film to get the gist of the same.
Sooraj is a gangster with the same name from Mumbai who get the chance to meet Radha played by Athiya Shetty who is the daughter of Police Chief. He then approaches Radha posing herself to be an inspector to take her to some other place, later she realises that she was kidnapped by none other than a person who is a gangster. However, amidst all hue and cries along with the tantrums of a Police chief daughter love blossoms and rest is history. So, what happens when a boy and girl of different statuses come together with love? The two worlds simply collide, while the two are seen struck in a whirlpool of an intense kind of love story for which they can do anything. In other words, it is a story of love under confrontation, but how will the love prevail is an interesting question to find answer, which will be found out once you catch the film.
As far as the script is concerned, there is hardly any change in the base story of the film unlike seen in the 1983 classic. However, the difference is the age the two movies are made one goes before the communication era, while the other is made in the era of smartphone and internet. So, you can feel the difference in the two yet the comparison with the older one seems futile. As Hero of 1983 is considered to be among the classics of Bollywood, which I doubt can happen with the newly released one. There are too many loops and vacuums in the film, which remains unfulfilled and addressed. Frankly, the script sounds boring a bit when the film starts and with passage of time gains momentum. Yet the amount of time it takes is long and would thus give too many loo breaks to the audience.
The lead actors of the film – Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty playing the characters of Sooraj and Athiya respectively are making debut with this movie, hence expecting much from the two would be rather unfair. Honestly speaking, the duo seemed lagging behind many ways and would need a couple of movies and diligence to prove their worth over the silver screen. Though Sooraj seemed cute but the look of a gangster seemed missing, which was vividly seen in the case of Jackie Shroff in the classic of 1983. A gangster with a look, who has been raised in the merciless streets of Bombay, seemed unrealistic making it appear like a fairy tale. Similar was the story of Athiya who remained lagging behind in many ways. However, for Sooraj, it was interesting to catch certain action sequences in the film; the bare body of the actor can prove out to be lucrative to some extent.
Music, locations, screenplay, direction and technical stuff
As far as the music of the film is concerned, overall the songs seems cool and some of them are raising high over the chartbuster list. The title song by Salman Khan seemed rocking as people could hardly believe how soothing Salman Khan can sing. The film will certainly give a good boost in terms of music. Now, talking about the direction, it seemed okay, but considering the fact that the film has two newbie in it, you cannot expect much from the director to portray the things the best. As far as the locations are concerned, these seemed okay and similar is the story with the technical aspects like screenplay, editing and other elements.
Hero – The Last Word
In a film of love and confrontation, with two novices in the lead role is hard to digest. With too much of expectation with the film and actors working in it, the film though managed to get a good promotion in the media, but seems lagging behind in many ways. However, remove all the expectations and buzz around the film owing the presence of Salman Khan and his brand, you can find the film to be okay in perspective of novices. So, the only issue that is seen doing the damage is the over expectations. Yet it can prove out to be a worthy film to catch for the youngsters who hardly know anything about the cult classic of 1983.
Rating – 3.0