Remake of the Tamil hit Mudhalvanâ, Nayak, The Real Heroâ€ is Shankarâ€™s first Hindi film. Its plot is unconventional and strains credulity. It is the story of a dauntless TV journalist Shivaji Rao (Anil Kapoor) whose search for truth and honesty brings him to the point of changing the entire corrupt bureaucratic system of the country.
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Paresh Rawal, Lt. Amrish Puri
The film takes off well in the first half but begins to drag in the second half, particularly after the arrest of Balraj Chauhan, the chief Minister. At this juncture, one expects the story to gain momentum but, unexpectedly, it strays into fairyland with romance between gorgeous lass Manjari (Rani Mukherji) and Shivaji Rao (Anil). The songs, although beautifully picturized, punctuate the flow of filmâ€™s story.
As far as performances go, Anil Kapoor once again proves that he deserved this yearâ€™s National Award for the best actor. His whole persona exudes confidence and power. He brings about the required intensity before camera and convincing plays the character, who dares to be the chief minister for a day to cleanse the corrupt system. Paresh Rawal also impresses with another commendable cameo.
The filmâ€™s story although novel is a little too fictitious in the sense that it blatantly makes mockery of our political system without offering any plausible remedies to cleanse it. However, one plus point of the film is the mellifluous tunes by the music wizard AR Rahman. Veteran songwriter Anand Bakshi has penned the lyrics.