Film : Heroine(Hindi, English)
Cast: Kareena Kapoor,Arjun Rampal,Randeep Hooda,Shahana Goswami
Music : Salim-Sulaiman
Cinematography : Mahesh Limaye
Editing : Deven Murudeshwar
Director : Madhur Bhandarkar
Producers : Ronnie Screwvala, Madhur Bhandarkar
Screenplay : Anuraadha Tewari,Manoj Tyagi
Story : Madhur Bhandarkar
Studio: UTV Motion Pictures,Bhandarkar Entertainment
Release date : September 21, 2012
Budget INR32 crore (US$5.79 million)
Watched Theater : Bhaskar Delux A/c, Guntur
Rating: 2 / 5
Kareena Kapoor New Bollywood Film Heroine Movie Review :
Filmmakers have an uncanny habit of creating stereotypes out of almost nothing. So you have typical romance, stereotyped action or even typified characters. However, Madhur Bhandarkar takes the credit of stereotyping his own films by his own films! Confusing as it may seem, let me go ahead giving you a brief account of his much hyped Heroine.
The story is about superstar Mahi Arora, who has the world at her feet for a bit in the beginning of the film. Sadly, her happy days get over soon, when she tries playing stupid and over emotional about her boyfriend Aryan Khanna (Arjun Rampal). Mahi is more interested in settling down with Aryan, rather than concentrating on her rocketing Bollywood career. This leads to her downfall and Mahi realises that she needs to fight back.
Then comes Mahie’s long and monotonous fight to win back her glory, that tends to give us more headaches than evoking interests. No miracle happens, Mahi loses on every aspect. Her affairs end up as disasters, her movie fails. And, then what? Mahi comes up with a new idea that finally worked. What’s that? A DIRTY PUBLICITY STUNT…that saves Mahi’s sinking career.
Kareena Kapoor steals the show with her dead-drop gorgeous looks and stupendous performance. No wonder, Kareena does a superb job, but somewhere down the line, we aren’t so much convinced. A poor Mahi’s career is on a decline. She’s left with nothing, she’s all alone, but we aren’t left sympathising for her. Courtesy, a lifeless plot. The two leading hunks of Heroine, Arjun Rampal and Randeep Hooda were equally convincing in their roles. Supporting casts like Shahana Goswami, Divya Dutta does a great job.
Techincal and Other Departments:
Heroine’s music is big let down. The plot of the movie is too confusing, and we all know, no one prefers to break his/her head on a messy plot. A little more editing could have saved the movie’s fate. But, ALAS! This again turns out to be a big setback.
Madhur Bhandarkar through his films has always exposed to brooding and murkier side of various streams; be it of dance bars in Chandni Bar, media in Page 3, the underbelly in Traffic Signal, the fashion industry in Fashion amongst others. Claiming himself to be a realistic filmmaker, Madhur this time around chose to expose the secrets of the big bad world of Bollywood. However, as Mahi in the film kept losing her sheen in her career, Madhur’s film also kept spiraling down in its narrative.
Much like his earlier films, there seems absolutely no flow in the narrative, leave alone a storyline. The film keeps going on in circles and gets tedious and monotonous. There’s nothing unseen or unheard shown in this film so in terms of novelty, Heroine holds zilch value. Madhur literally picks out the hit scenes of his earlier films and places them exactly in the same manner in this film. So you have a trio of wannabe socialites gossiping at parties, gay make-up artistes, manipulative friends etc. Even some of the characters have gotten repeated only to make you keep reeling in dejÃvu.
On the whole, Heroine is old wine in new bottle. The film lacks life and passion and moreover drably monotonous. In one word, we aren’t wowed at the climax of the film.