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Get ready for ceetees and taalis
Top cop Mathur's daughter, Radha (Athiya Shetty) is kidnapped by Sooraj (Sooraj Pancholi), the protege of her father's arch-rival. Cupid plays his part in making them fall in love. But, this volatile love story can never end in happiness. Do they give up on each other?
Hero is a delectable synthesis of startling onscreen beauty, dazzling high octane action, melodious music and merry froth. Each frame of the film has been done up with care which is evident in its striking visuals. However, the same doesn't stand true for the story, which is incoherent and often convoluted.
Cut out from the same fabric as Subhash Ghai's 1983 hit of the same name, director Nikhil Advani creates a similar effervescent ambience as the original, bubbling with the energy of its young debutants. Nikhil makes the narrative contemporary without turning it into a ramshackle (an inevitable fate of classics, when remade). The film has so much going in its favour, that the screenplay glitches can be pardoned.
Hero is fuzzy and moving. It has a leading man whose charm will make your heart skip a beat, a defiant damsel who is lovable and a story laden with commercial trappings of naach-gaana and maar-dhaar. The thunderous power-packed action sequences, especially the one in its climax, is pitch perfect and makes you feel the giddiness synonymous with Salman Khan films.
It is cleverly set - in picturesque locales. The affable chemistry of Sooraj and Athiya has a dash of inventiveness. For two newbies, the duo has a strong screen presence. Athiya is a natural and Sooraj owns the titular role with an effortless swagger. His skillful action makes him score over most debutants of recent times.
Sculpted as a full throttle masala entertainer, Hero is plot-heavy. And while you are well acquainted with the story, Nikhil and Salman's sensibility works as midas touch, giving the film a different texture. It is slick and never allows its viewers to feel restless. For its 132 minutes' crisp runtime, Hero offers bucketful of entertainment and victoriously conveys that commercial movies needn't be puerile to show people a good time.
Our overall critics rating is not an average of the sub score below.
आज के यंगस्टर्स के जेहन में भी सिल्वर स्क्रीन पर सुभाष घई की फिल्म 'हीरो' से धमाकेदार एंट्री करने वाले जैकी श्रॉफ की इमेज ताजा है। यही वजह है कि 'हीरो' के रीमेक को देखते समय दर्शक नई फिल्म के हीरो सूरज दादा की जगह जैकी दादा की बातें करते नजर आए। 'हीरो' के बाद जैकी श्रॉफ न्यूकमर स्ट्रगलर ऐक्टर से सुपर स्टार बन गए थे, लेकिन शायद सूरज की किस्मत में यह नहीं लिखा है। वजह यह है कि बॉलिवुड के दिग्गज लोगों के अलावा खुद सुभाष घई की तारीफ के बावजूद सूरज और आथिया स्टारर यह फिल्म पिछली फिल्म के मुकाबले बेहद कमजोर साबित हुई। ऐसा लगता है कि बॉक्स आफिस पर लंबे अर्से से एक अदद हिट को तरसते घई को अपने बैनर की एक हिट के लिए अभी और इंतजार करना होगा। निखिल आडवाणी के निर्देशन में बनी इस फिल्म में इतना दमखम नहीं जो दर्शकों की कसौटी और बॉक्स आफिस पर खरी उतर पाए। खबर यह भी है कि डायरेक्टर निखिल ने फिल्म पूरी करने के बाद जब सलमान खान के लिए 'हीरो' की स्पेशल स्क्रीनिंग रखी तो सलमान ने कुछ सीन्स को फिल्म से अलग कर डाला। सलमान नहीं चाहते थे फिल्म में हॉट सीन्स या ऐसे कुछ भी संवाद हों जो फैमिली के साथ फिल्म देखने आए दर्शकों को परेशान करें। उस वक्त तो घई ने सलमान के किए गए बदलाव को फिल्म के लिए बेहतर बताया था, लेकिन शायद ये बदलाव फिल्म पर भारी पड़ गए। वैसे, अगर आप इस फिल्म को देखते वक्त इस फिल्म के कलाकारों की तुलना संजीव कुमार, शम्मी कपूर, अमरीश पुरी, मदन पुरी, जैसे दिग्गजों से करेंगे तो यकीनन अपसेट होंगे। साथ ही ऐक्टिंग, संगीत, निर्देशन की कसौटी पर सलमान का हीरो यकीनन घई के असली हीरो से बहुत पीछे नजर आता है।
कहानी: सूरज (सूरज पंचोली) एक छोटा-मोटा गैंगस्टर है। उसके गैंग में चार दोस्त है, जिनके साथ वह सड़कछाप मारपीट करता है। हालांकि सूरज दादा दबंगई से कमाए पैसों को गरीबों और मजबूर लोगों में खुले हाथ से बांट देता है। एक दिन एक पब में अपनी दोस्त मंडली के साथ मस्ती करने गए सूरज की मुलाकात शहर के पुलिस आईजी तिग्मांशु धूलिया की बेटी राधा (अाथिया शेट्टी) से होती है। सूरज यहां पर राधा के एक्स बॉयफ्रेंड के साथ भिड़ जाता है क्योंकि वह जबरन राधा को अपने साथ ले जाना चाहता है। कुछ दिन बाद जेल में बंद पाशा (आदित्य पंचोली) सूरज को आईजी की बेटी का अपहरण करने के लिए कहता है। बचपन से सूरज को पाशा ने ही पाल-पोसकर बड़ा किया है। यही वजह है कि सूरज पाशा को अपना सबकुछ समझता है। सूरज पुलिस इंस्पेक्टर की वर्दी पहनकर राधा से मिलता है और उससे कहता है कि उसे आईजी साहब यानी उसके पापा से आदेश मिला है कि कुछ समय के लिए राधा को शहर से बाहर ले जाए। राधा पुलिस इंस्पेक्टर बने सूरज के साथ चली जाती है। इनके साथ रहने के कुछ अर्से बाद बाद राधा को पता चलता है कि सूरज ने उसका अपहरण किया है। हालांकि तब तक वह सूरज से प्यार करने लगती है।
ऐक्टिंग : सूरज पंचोली और आथिया शेट्टी दोनों की ही यह पहली फिल्म है। सूरज ने बेशक अच्छे ऐक्शन स्टंट्स किए हैं लेकिन सूरज की डायलॉग डिलिवरी कमजोर है। आदित्य पंचोली ठीकठाक रहे लेकिन डायरेक्टर ने पाशा के किरदार को कमजोर बना डाला। आथिया को अभी काफी मेहनत करनी होगी। पुलिस आईजी के रोल में तिग्मांशु धूलिया ने निराश किया है।
डायरेक्शन : निखिल आडवाणी का निर्देशन शुरू से अंत तक दर्शकों को बांध नहीं पाता। निखिल की स्क्रिप्ट, कहानी और किरदारों पर पकड़ नहीं है। यही वजह है कि करीब दो घंटे की फिल्म भी दर्शकों को बांध नहीं पाती।
संगीत : 'मैं हूं हीरो तेरा' का फिल्मांकन अच्छा है और सलमान ने इस गाने को बेहद दिलकश और सुरीली आवाज में गाया है। पुरानी फिल्म 'हीरो' का संगीत फिल्म का प्लस पॉइंट था। वहीं इस फिल्म का संगीत इस फिल्म की कमजोर कड़ी साबित हुआ है।
क्यों देंखें : अगर सुभाष घई के निर्देशन में बनी 'हीरो' नहीं देखी तो देख सकते हैं। सलमान के फैन हैं और अपने पसंदीदा स्टार को पर्दे पर गाते देखना चाहते हैं तो एक बार देख सकते हैं।
Papa sehte hain...
In 1983, songs like Ding Dong O Baby Sing Song were considered adorable. Today, it could be read as a raunchy nursery rhyme. But this remake of Subhash Ghai's threedecade-old classic Hero fails to impress for reasons beyond relevance. Lazy characterisation and drab dialogues delivered with illdeserved conviction are just a few nails on this coffin. When the female lead announces, "Sooraj, main tumhe kabhi bhool nahin sakti," it sounds more like a threat than a declaration of love. Later, in her long plea to Buddha, who she refers to as Buddhaji, when she promises to quit non-vegetarian food and alcohol in return for her lover's recovery (he gets shot at), it makes you want to crush the popcorn in your hands.
The film opens to close shots of muscles, belonging to parts of the body you didn't know could be flexed. Soon, we learn that they belong to Sooraj Kaushik (Sooraj Pancholi), an indestructible gunda, who can singlehandedly kick slap several other gundas. He also manages handstands on a bed of nails, practices bare-chested boxing in snowclad settings and other feats that you shouldn't try at home or on a holiday. He can, because he is 'Hero tera' (refer to Salman Khan's chartbuster).
But Sooraj is a bad boy with a golden heart. All the money earned from maar-peet goes to someone's MBA tuition fee or someone's behen ki shaadi. He meets Radha (Athiya Shetty) on the dance floor, as Radha likes to party and take a million selfies. Privileged and pampered, Radha also happens to be the daughter of IG Shreekant Mathur (Tigmanshu Dhulia) and sister of Dheeraj (Sharad Kelkar), also a cop. When tasked by his "baba", Pasha (Aditya Pancholi), a convicted murderer, to kidnap Radha, Sooraj nails the job. Later, he nails his abductee. At some point, he confesses, "Maine tumhara kidnap kiya hain." But it's too late. Radha replies, "I don't care. Just tell me that you love me." Not too late to exit the screen yet.
For the star kids, one can imagine the pressure to deliver on their surnames. Regrettably, they don't. Out of the two, Sooraj is more committed, even while he mostly lets his biceps do the emoting. But he ticks the Ms of surviving as a Bollywood hero: muscles, moves and mojo. Athiya's character does little more than flip her hair about like she were in a shampoo commercial. Her expression for surprise, shock, seduction and sorrow is the same: wide eyed and bewildered, like an electrocuted ostrich.
Nikhil Advani, who has also directed Katti Batti (releasing next week), seems to have helmed this one as a side project, with little care for retelling the story. Dated expletives like "imaandari ka pilla" share space with geeky ones, "Past ko Alt+ Ctrl+Delete karo." Salman fans, who can't get the title track out of their head, will have to survive the entire film as Main hoon hero tera plays with the closing credits.
The Hero that catapulted Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri to instant stardom had songs like Lambi Judai and Tu Mera Hero which can be partly credited, as they'd factor in the success of films then. But the predictable plot featuring a union of partners from disparate conditions: rich and poor, cop and robber, coolie and client, was passable even though over-utilised then. Today, this photocopy with no plot tweaks seems little more than a tired effort.
So if you don't get tickets to what's playing in the neighbouring screen, we'd suggest checking out the food court instead.
Sooraj was Salman's suggestion to Kabir Khan for 'Ek Tha Tiger' on which he was an assistant director.
Sooraj was offered the film on his birthday in Turkey during 'Ek Tha Tiger' shoot.
Athiya was Salman's sister Alvira's recommendation for the film after she spotted her at the gym.
During the shoot, it was the first time Sooraj touched his father's feet in the film.
Athiya had to learn a little bit of Kathak for the film.
Salman Khan was completely involved in the process of editing his production venture, Hero and he has edited out 30 minutes of footage from the film.
Salman Khan has never kissed on-screen and hence he thinks that there is absolutely no need for his proteges, Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty to lock lips either which is why Hero doesn't have any kiss scene.
Bollywood superstar and producer of the film Hero Salman Khan didn't visit the set of his next production venture, Hero even once. He meted out all the necessary advice to the debutantes Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty, before the film started rolling.
In a precautionary move by her mom, Mana Shetty, debutant, Athiya Shetty has been told not to step out in the public eye until the release of her film, Hero.
Sooraj Pancholi has already signed his second film with Drishyam producer, Kumar Mangat Pathak. Reportedly, the film will be an all out action film with a love track.
Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty were on a strict no-dating clause during the duration of shooting for their debut film.
After the bike falls off the bridge, it isn't clear how they reach the Buddhist village.
Rajveer's entry loosens the plot. He seems unnecessary.
It is not clear whether Pasha surrenders to the police or not.
Hero takes up the germ of its idea from Subhash Ghai's Hero. Sooraj, a local goon, works for a don named Pasha, has more heart than brawn. He is kind guy who helps local people from the money they earn - Robinhood of sorts. At one instance, he and his group of friends meet a selfie-clicking, merry girl named Radha and Sooraj rescues her from her abusive boyfriend. There is an instant connect. As fate would have it, Sooraj is summoned by Pasha who decrees that his arch-rival Mathur (Inspector General of Police must be pulled down. Sooraj will have to kidnap Mathur's daughter - Radha. In a moment of confusion, Radha mistakes the goons for his dad's security personnel, who are protecting her.
Sooraj whisks her away to a small isolated hut in a snowy land. Oblivious to the fact that she has been kidnapped, she warms up to the gang over bonfire nights, country liquor and snow-fights. Meanwhile, her cop brother-father duo are on the lookout for them and track them down. Sooraj and Radha escape on a bike but the former is hit by a bullet. The two land up in a Buddhist village where Radha finally professes her love for Sooraj. Just when the two are about to return to Mumbai, Sooraj insists that Radha calls home. Her mother and sister-in-law tell her that they have been doing everything to find her and she has been kidnapped. Radha composes herself and returns to Sooraj to convince him to surrender to the police. Sooraj agrees to it but refuses to let out anything about Pasha or his involvement is any of his alleged cases.
The day he comes to surrender to court, Pasha watches his protege betray him for the girl he loves. The police isn't kind of him either and he is jailed for two years. Radha is shattered. Her father stops speaking to her and she is sent off for a dance course to Paris. Before she leaves, her brother hatches a perfect plan for her to buy time for his sister. It is clear to him that Radha is irrevocably in love with Sooraj. So, he fabricates a tale about a junior of his from college called Rajveer Shekawat and how he will be a good distraction for her in Paris. The two could fall in love.
Radha moves off to Paris and Sooraj finishes his jail term. When Sooraj is let out, Radha is there to take him into a world free of crime. Sooraj promises Radha that he'll start his life anew. He starts a hip new gym at a run down place and names it Baba Ka Akhada. His business kicks off well and his knowledge of physical training comes handy.
Radha persuades her brother to meet Sooraj and he is impressed. In the meantime, the real Rajveer Shekawat makes an entry. He is a broke royal who owes Pasha 12 crores. While escaping from Pasha's men, he runs into Radha's Bhabhi who recognises him as Radha's boyfriend. The shrewd Rajveer uses the situation to his advantage and becomes a favourite with Radha's parents much to Radha's displeasure. And makes a deal with Pasha to eliminate Sooraj, who had once betrayed Pasha.
When Radha's parents realize the truth - their daughter still loves a goon who changed his life for love and gave up crime - they disapprove. The best option that Sooraj has is to become a state witness and give them Pasha's whereabouts and deatils of his criminal dealings. But Sooraj wants to remain loyal to Pasha, the man he considers his father.
Rajveer attacks Sooraj and brings him to Pasha who wants to get back at Sooraj for breaking his faith. The goons kidnap Athiya who tells Pasha that Sooraj never agreed to let out any details about him. Pasha realizes his mistake but Rajveer shoots Pasha's men. Sooraj comes to Pasha's rescue and after an elaborate fight sequence between Sooraj and Rajveer, Sooraj wins. Radha's father assumes that it is Sooraj's doing and he never left the world of crime but Sooraj convinces him that his daughter's love has changed his life. Rajveer gets up to shoot Sooraj but Radha's father shoots him down.
In the last sequence, the two get married and go to Paris for their honeymoon.
Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty's debut movie, Hero, had a decent first day as it grossed around Rs 6.50 - 6.75 crore nett.
The collections were better in the mass-oriented circuits with multiplex dominated areas contributing less. Interestingly, Mumbai circuit managed to touch the Rs 2 crore nett mark.
The film's collections fell drastically in the second week with an income of only Rs 2.50 crore nett on the ticket counters. Hero now stands at a total of Rs 31.75 crore nett.
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