This Friday saw the release of Hero starring Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty. Hero is a remake of Subhash Ghai 1983 film and is produced by Salman Khan.
Mumbai is the setting and Sooraj (Sooraj Pancholi) is the ‘large-hearted’ ‘gunda’ who cannot bear to see suffering and looks to help whoever is in distress. Enter the villainous Changezi (Chetan Hansraj) whose henchmen torture the poor and the helpless. Sooraj, of course, stages a heroic entry and beats up the henchmen. Sooraj’s friends take him clubbing to celebrate and that’s where he runs into Radha (Athiya Shetty) – he ends up saving her from her ‘pile-on’ boyfriend. Girl falls in love with boy and difficulties emerge in maintaining a relationship. Cliched? Very much so.
Nikhil Advani, who had been handed over the responsibility of remaking the 1983 classic, has made a mess of it. The biggest problem with 2015 Hero is its absolutely lame screenplay. While Subhash Ghai’s writing kept you interested right till the end, Nikhil Advani-Umesh Bisht’s screenplay in the remake is so convoluted (especially in the second half) that you are befuddled as to what exactly is the objective behind the making of the film. Nikhil Advani’s last film D DAY was critically acclaimed, but Hero is not a patch on that.
In the acting department, there’s nothing much to appreciate either; debutante Sooraj Pancholi carries one expression through the film, but is reasonably good in the action scenes. Athiya Shetty will need more time to find her comfort zone. Having said that, both Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty, the duo have a nice screen presence but they are cramped by too many limitations. Tigmanshu Dhulia, on the other hand, in an attempt to reprise Shammi Kapoor’s tough-dad-cop persona, is gloriously miscast. We all know that he is a fine actor, but he falters big time in the film. Aditya Pancholi as Pasha is average.
The music of Subhash Ghai’s Hero was truly memorable, but here too the film’s 2015 avatar falters. The only saving grace is the much publicised ‘Main Hoon Hero Tera’ sung by Armaan Malik, which is reasonably good, but is mostly used as a filler. And, then there’s the much talked about Salman Khan’s version of the same in the end (for his fans of course).
While Tushar Kanti Ray’s cinematography is good, Ritesh Soni’s editing is average. Ravi Varma and Dave Judge’s actions are one of the positive highlights of the film. Umesh Bisht’s dialogues are boring. The only dialogue that stands out is ‘Pyaar karne vaale kabhi darte nahin, jo darte hain vo pyaar karte nahin’ (which was anyways a part of the song in the original).
Hero has been aggressively promoted and marketed. If only the same amount of passion was invested in writing, we may have been looking at a very different and very successful Hero. All the hype may result in a somewhat decent start at the box office, but the word of mouth isn’t going to be flattering at all.
If you are a die-hard Salman Khan fan, you may want to take a look, else avoid.