ILM: Hero (Hindi)
GENRE: Action, Romance
DURATION: 2.11 hrs
ACTORS: Sooraj Pancholi, Athiya Shetty, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Aditya Pancholi, Sharad Kelkar, Chetan Hansraj
SHOWS IN KOLKATA: Ajanta (11.20 am, 1.45 am ), Inox- Highland Park (10am , 11.20 am, 12.45 pm, 03.30 pm, 06.15 pm, 9 pm, 10.05 pm), Navina (1.20 pm, 6 pm, 8.20 pm), New Empire (12.30 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm, 8.30 pm).
Nikhil Advani’s Hero is a contemporary presentation of Subhash Ghai’s 1983 super-hit movie of the same name. Advani has introduced debutant Sooraj Pancholi (in the role of Sooraj Kaushik) and new comer Athiya Shetty (in the role of Radha).
Hero is a full-fledged action packed drama with a mixture of romance. Advani tries to bring in the aura of the ’90s but the screenplay fails the effort.
Radha, daughter of an IG of police Shrikant Maathur (played by Tingmanshu Dhulia) falls for Sooraj while being in his captivity. Sooraj is the step-son of Pasha (played by Aditya Pancholi) and it is Pasha who had ordered Sooraj to abduct Radha.
Here comes an essence of the ’90s, as Radha’s dad, for all good reasons, turns the main hurdle in her love affair with Sooraj.
Ek goonda kya ek IG ki beti se pyaar kar sakta hai kya (how come a goon falls in love with the daughter of an IG) says Sooraj, while essaying the characteristics of a criminal under the supervision of his father Pasha. This is a cliché that many Bollywood movies have repeated umpteen times.
The film centers around two sets of characters ~ Maathur-Pasha and Sooraj-Radha. There is also Sharad Kelkar (in the role of Rada’s IPS brother Dheeraj) who supports his sister’s affair.
The characters of Changeji (played by Chetan Hansraj) and an antagonist Rannvijay Shekhawat (played by Vivan Bhatena) gave ample scope to the cinematographer to experiment. These characters are shown in ultra-slow motion action sequences that generate some stunning visuals much to the pleasure of the audience.
Aditya Pancholi appears somewhat off track in a bearded look. But Tingmanshu Dhulia has made best use of his screen presence with perfection.
Overall, Hero lacks a consistent screenplay but the performance of the actors and the background scores make up for this to a certain extent. The debutant Sooraj and debutante Athiya look a little incongruent but their dynamism is worth watching.
I give Nikhil Advani’s Hero 3 out of 5.
(Subhrajeet Ganguly is an independent video-editor based in Kolkata)