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Heroine  (2012 - Hindi)

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Heroine cumulative rating: 2.9 out of 52.9/5 (118 users)

Heroine critics rating: 2.45 out of 5 2.45/5 (15 critics)

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  • Yeh Hui Na ‘HEROINE’ Wali Baat….

    Heroine rating: 7 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 20 Sep 2012)

    First things first – Stray away all the comparisons with’Fashion’ or any previous Bhandarkar ‘hard-hitters’, for ‘Heroine’ is miles away from them both in terms of content and execution. Belying all the expectations of an average cine-goer, ‘Heroine’ charters a new path altogether, neither trying to be an insight into the big bag world of films, nor attempting to be an actress’ bio-pic like the scandalizing ‘The Dirty Picture’ or the more arty classic ‘Bhoomika’. Then what exactly is ‘Heroine’? Let's find out.

    'Heroine' tells the story of an actress Mahi (Kareena Kapoor) who is enjoying the best phase of her life with a successful run at the box-office and a romantic affair with Superstar Aryan (Arjun Rampal). But then comes a sudden change in her life and there begins the whole journey of ups and downs in her life.

    Story is different and narrates the tale of an insecure Actress who is swinging between love and career. Doing away with the entire initial struggle Bhandarkar had focused on in his earlier films, ‘Heroine’ kicks off with the premise of a well-established actress and her love life, but the main film starts as she starts facing turmoil’s in her life. Movie boasts of several good scenes like the opening scene, Kareena firing reporter, Kareena Arjun discussion in van, Kareena insulting Arjun’s wife, Divya’s planning, Helen’s advises to Kareena, Kareena planning to pull down Mugdha, Kareena’s emotional blackmail to Randeep, Pre interval confidence, Samir’s back answer to Kareena, Kareena’s film experience with Ranvir, The whole bonding of Sahana & Kareena, Kareena at press conference, Kareena begging Arjun for role followed by begging to Divya, Kareena’s reaction to her movie, Helen’s funeral and few more.
    The Pre & Post interval portions are totally engrossing, and so are the anti-climax and Climax. Somewhere in between, there are a few low moments where one does wish for few hard-hitting moments. But what keeps you hooked throughout is Kareena’s uninhibited performance. Also, the story goes a bit haywire in-between, followed by a little confusion in screenplay. Camerawork by Mahesh Limaye is of top notch, while Editing could have been better in second half.

    Music by Salim Suleman is good. The movie starts with the Theme song ‘Main Heroine Hoon’ where the visuals are particularly stunning. ‘Halkat Jawani’ is a perfect treat for all Item-song lovers, especially the front benchers. ‘Khwahishein’ goes with the flow of the film. ‘Saaiyaan’ is soul-touching and definitely the best song from the whole album. Background Music however could’ve been better.

    Over the years, Director Madhur Bhandarkar has created his own brand of cinema. After delving into several strata of his society, Bhandarkar this time dares to take a dig at his own industry. And yet, he manages to come out of his mould, rather deciding to emphasize on the trials and tribulations of one particular individual instead of making a comment on the whole, hence managing to leave behind all his past baggage. He has clearly evolved both as a writer and film-maker, surprising you with an entirely new style of story-telling when he could easily have made it exactly like he directed ‘Fashion’ or ‘Page 3’. For e.g. The entire scene between Kareena and Shahana at her residence could’ve easily looked sleazy, but the makers decide to shoot it with complete grace and one can feel it in the film. There are many more such examples. It’s very easy to narrate a complicated tale in a complicated style, but it’s very hard for a film-maker to curb his desires to flair his style, and stick to making a complicated tale in a simple manner, a manner in which even the masses can easily connect with it, and Madhur Bhandarkar is clearly one of those few directors who is gifted with this rare craft. Another great thing about ‘Heroine’ is it never lets your attention get diverted, totally enrapturing you with a narrative that never slows down too much. With ‘Heroine’, Bhandarkar restates his flair for the ‘reality cinema’ genre, and would definitely continue to give a tough fight to all those directors who have emerged in the last 3-4 years and made a mark with their realistic and dark films.

    Kareena Kapoor delivers her career-best performance, in contrast to her till date best work - ‘Jab We Met’, looking absolutely radiant & scintillating with just the right dash of maturity and grace that comes with age. This was no then a litmus test, but out here she so effortlessly slips into her character’s shoes, perfectly capturing the insecurities and dilemmas of a top-notch Hindi Film Heroine, and chews up the entire scenery with a role that’s perhaps the most author-backed in the recent times. Arjun Rampal is good in his part, wish his role could’ve been more. Randip Hooda is superb in his small role. Shahana Goswami, Govind Namdeo, Ranvir Shorey are superb in this film. Lillette Dubey, Samir Soni, Mugdha Godse along with Achint Kaur gives great support. Helen is outstanding in her small role. Imran Khan, Shilpi Sharma, Rakesh Bapat and few more are horrible.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hai Dum?

    Dum hai – Total Dum Hai, in Kareena Kapoor’s awe-inspiring performance along with Madhur Bhandarkar’s unconventional and yet heart-felt story-telling. If you are a Kareena Kapoor fan, be prepared for a fantastic treat. Also if you love Madhur Bhandarkar brand of cinema – This is definitely your kind of movie-event. For Masses, this film will be a total hard-hitting drama that they should definitely and instantly connect with. Those who are expecting a masala potboiler or a world-cinema type movie then let me warn you, you will be heading towards a disappointment. This movie is a simple and complicated tale of a top-league Actress who never yet settled down, and yet is as hard-hitting and as realistic as it can get. But above everything, this film carries forward the emerging trend where a female actor shows enough strength to carry an entire film on her shoulders. ‘Heroine’ is Kareena Kapoor’s show all the way. One thing is for sure that after this film, Cine-goers will definitely say for Kareena Kapoor – Yeh hui na ‘Heroine’ wali baat.

    Ratings: 4-4.5/5 {Especially for Kareena Kapoor’s stellar performance and Madhur Bhandarkar's direction}

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