Hero (2015) *MQ*

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HERO starts off with a normal day in Mumbai, which is followed by the ‘heroic’ entry of Sooraj (Sooraj Pancholi) who is an extremely ‘large hearted’ ‘gunda’ who cannot see pains and sufferings. So, when the villainous Changezi (Chetan Hansraj) and his henchmen torture the helpless, Sooraj stages a heroic entry and beats the henchmen black and blue.

Sooraj’s friends aka his ‘partners in crime’, who are dead against his large heartedness, convince him to go clubbing to celebrate. That’s when Sooraj meets the free spirited Radha (Athiya Shetty). It is in the club where Sooraj picks up a dance only in order to prove Radha that they are in no way ‘Losers’. He also lands up fighting with Radha’s ‘pile-on’ boyfriend and saves her from being dragged along with him. All of this impresses Radha very much and she almost falls in love with him instantly! On the other hand, Radha’s father (Tigmanshu Dhulia), an Inspector General of Police, is on a war path and loggerheads against Pasha (Aditya Pancholi), who has been imprisoned for being the mastermind in the killing of a journalist. Despite repeated attempts of requests and tortures (in that order), when Pasha refuses to budge, the IG declares that he has hardcore evidence against Pasha which will nail him forever.

That’s when Pasha tells his ‘protege’ Sooraj to kidnap Radha, but keep her safely. Not the one to negate his ‘Baba’s’ (as Sooraj fondly calls Pasha) words, Sooraj immediately sets into action and disguises himself as a ‘police-escort’ and kidnaps Radha, takes her to a snow clad area. As time passes by, Sooraj and Athiya fall for each other. And when Athiya comes to know about Sooraj’s background, she convinces him to reform his life using the ‘Control+Alt+Delete’ formula and ‘Enter’ into a new life. Does Sooraj listen to his ladylove and surrender himself before the cops or will he listen to the call of his duty towards his ‘Baba’, does IG become successful in nailing Pasha forever, what ultimately happens to the lovebirds Sooraj and Radha and their love story is what forms the rest of the film.

Even though the new Hero is a cut-out of the 1983 classic, there are quite a lot of flaws that even contemporary times won’t forgive. For the older version of the film, it had everything going for it, the drama, the acting, the music and well for the newer one, it’s a hits and misses situation.

The problem lies in the writing department and unfortunately, the film rarely gives you dialogues which could make you hoot and whistle. Unlike today’s other films which are laden with punchlines, Hero lacks them. Another problem is the shoddily written characters. While Radha is on one hand a selfie-clicking instagram girl, her calling ‘eating non-veg’, ‘drinking alcohol’ and using cuss words as ‘gandi baatein’ is quite shocking and unnecessary for the times we live in. Especially with the meat ban issue so sensitive at the moment, someone saying having non-veg is ‘gandi baat’ in a Bollywood film irks me too!

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