No Heroic Stuff!
When its about Patriotism, You cant afford to be just nice. You have to be poignant. You have to hit straight between the eyes, You have to have a story potent enough to choke you in your throat and drive you through a stream of emotions. That’s exactly what Heroes lacks.
Thanks to insipid writing and uninspired direction, This film by Samir Karnik just remains a mediocre fare with a nice message, where it could have served more. Lot more.
Heroes has a nice idea of how two careless chaps realise the greatness of being a soldier after meeting 3 people who change the way they think about their nation.
But the writers veer the idea real wrong way by resorting to the most stale of clichés and stereotypes. Over-eager Punjabis, Poor conditions of the soldiers’ family after him, Sunny Deol as a tough patriot, young guns dying to die for the nation, weepy parents et al!
Its not as any of these can be termed outright illogical. But then, the audience needs a reason to believe it. Just playing to the gallery for the heck of it is not appreciable.
What makes the going on worse that The director totally gives up after a certain point and decides to rely on star power and their trump cards. So We have Sunny Deol in another 20 on 1 combat, and hear this, with Sunny in a wheel chair! Sohail Khan’s slapstick doesn’t work either.
Acting as perfect speedbreakers are a few song-n-dance sequences, that may have been added to make the distributors happy, but only serve to make the story more unengaging.
The makers manipulate the audience on two levels – by wrongly promoting all the star cameos in the posters to draw the audience, and secondly by banking on the patriotism factor to emotionally blackmail the viewers and try to hide the incorrigibility of their script.
Where the point of the film comes through is a few scenes with moving dialogues and equally effective acting by our stars, esp. by Preity Zinta and Sunny Deol who stand out in the meatier roles of all the cameos. But it certainly aint enough to make up for the rest of 2 hours of boredom.
Sohail Khan and Vatsal Seth look a bit lost in the crowd of stars, but are good in parts nevertheless. None of the rest make much of an impact, though Salman does a fabulous job in his introduction scene.
So Bol meri “FILMI KHOPDI” is film mein kitna hai dum ?
Thoda bahut dum hai, lekin phir bhi kaafi kam hai. With such an interesting plot, the film could have shaped in a much more exciting and inspiring manner. Alas, Good intentions alone don’t make a good film.
Rating – 2.25