Heroes (2008) *HQ*

Starring the biggies of the trade – Salman Khan, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Sohail Khan, Dino Morea, Mithun Chakraborty, Preity Zinta and Vatsal Seth, ‘Heroes’ has potential to hit the hearts.

The film seems to be carrying partial traces of Walter Salles’s ‘Motorcycle Diaries’ (a film based on life of Argentina’s Ernesto Che Guevara). Sometimes it takes only a moment to bring about a big change. One experience can transform you forever. One journey can set you on a path that you will follow all your life. Heroes is the story of one such journey.

HEROES talks about a journey undertaken by two boys and the three letters they’ve to deliver to the families of the deceased. HEROES is more of an emotional experience, how each family copes with life after their beloved has become a martyr.

Besides evoking strong emotions, HEROES also arouses strong patriotic feelings. There’re moments in the film that compel you to salute those who guard our nation, so that we can sleep in peace. At the end, the message it delivers is simple — You don’t have to be a soldier to love your country.

This isn’t the first film about the war bereaved coping with their loss . At times Heroes is redolent of J.P Dutta’s Border and LOC Kargil….those homesick solidiers writing those lovelorn letters from the battlefront , the battery of war vehicles winding their way through the mountainous terrain, the soldiers coming home in coffins…

Throughout , the narrative retains the rhythms and emotions of life, never letting go of the threads that bind humanity to the suffering that comes with the existentiual territory. The conversations convey both the reality of real life and the richness of a life that exists beyond the mundane motions of everyday chit-chat.

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