Starring – Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Randeep Hooda and a whole lot of cameos
Director – Madhur Bhandarkar
Producer – Ronnie Screwvala, Madhur Bhandarkar, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Banner – UTV Motion Pictures, Bhandarkar Entertainment
Music – Salim-Sulaiman
Genre – Drama
By Prerrna Seth / Kreative Access Media
‘Heroine’ has always been in controversy, be it for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan signing off it because of her pregnancy, or its high-octane Dubai dialogue. There was much hullaballoo over it creating innumerable ripples in the industry. And most importantly, this Madhur Bhandarkar film was Kareena Kapoor’s ticket for the National awards. So does it stand by all the expectations and Is it another hard hitting realistic cinema by Bhandarkar that he is known for? Well, the answer is ‘NO’.
As disappointing as it may sound, ‘Heroine’ is not as effective as Madhur’s ‘Chandni Bar’, ‘Page 3’ or ‘Fashion’. It is about a superstar Mahie Arora’s (Kareena Kapoor) personal life, her impulsive, frantic and complex nature. She is shown to be not sure of what she really wants, fame, or true love. Whereas, today no big heroine, however in deep trouble she may be, will beg a PR person to create a controversy for a film to work.
Yes, it does show traces of reality, but all has been overdone. Be it bi-sexual relationships, co-stars sleeping together, cutting scenes for revenge, child adoption to be a single parent, star wives gossiping about actresses, snatching each other’s projects, and what not, Madhur has left nothing to the imagination. However, audiences are already aware about these things, and so ‘Heroine’ lacks novelty. He gives the same treatment to the film as his earlier, except that he has made the film depressing more than entertaining.
Now why ‘Heroine’ works is because of its performances. One cannot really say that this is Bebo’s best performance by far, as it is really difficult to forget the bubbly ‘Geet’ of ‘Jab We Met’, but it shows that she has given her heart and soul to the film. She looks stunning and performs equally well. The scene where she goes for adopting a child actually gets a tear in your eye.
Arjun Rampal impresses as superstar Aryan Khanna. Randeep Hooda is good as usual. Shilpi Sharma, Shahana Goswami, Ranvir Shorey, Sanjay Suri, Govind Namdev do complete justice to their parts. Helen is a pleasant addition. Mugdha Godse is okay. Divya Dutta is exceptionally good.
Music of the film does make an impact with ‘Halkat Jawani’ and ‘Saaiyaan Ve’ standing out. However, the background score completely reminds you of ‘Fashion’. Cinematography is good but the screenplay definitely asks for modifications. The film ends on a rather abrupt and sudden note and doesn’t leaves you with a win-win grin, like ‘Fashion’ did and that’s a major drawback. Overall, it could be a good film if the narrative was handled differently and it ended on a good note.
Bebo’s national award, no idea, but this film is sure a treat for her fans. Watch it for her.