Hero Movie Review: A boring love saga with expressionless performances by Salman Khan’s protégés Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty

 
Hero Movie Review: A boring love saga with expressionless performances by Salman Khan’s protégés Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty
Star Cast: Sooraj Pancholi, Athiya Shetty, Sharad Kelkar, Aditya Pancholi, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Vivaan Bhatena, Suresh Menon, Anita Hassanandani and Chetan Hansraj.

Director: Nikhil Advani

Producer: Salman Khan and Subhash Ghai

Claps for: Cinematography, Performance by Supporting actors and Salman Khan’s blind trust in the debutantes.

Slaps for: Performance by Sooraj and Athiya, Songs, Choreography, Action stunts and Predictable Storyline.

What’s New: NOTHING

Popcorn Refill: Interval

Story: The war between bad man Pasha (Aditya Pancholi) and Inspector General Mathur (Tigmanshu Dhulia) intensifies, forcing Pasha to call his best man Sooraj (Pancholi). All that Sooraj has to do is kidnap Mathur’s daughter Radha (Shetty) and keep her with him for the next 14 days before the court’s hearing. However, a series of events lead to the two youngsters falling in love with each other.

With Sooraj being a goon and Radha, the daughter of a police man, will they ever be able to unite and live together?

Performances: Sooraj Pancholi gets a debut every struggling actor dreams of. From a heroic entry to a heroic climax, his part in the film is filled with clichéd dialogues, romantic scenes, emotional scenes and hard-core action scenes. However, despite it all being there in the movie, he fails to deliver a powerful performance.

In fact, the guy barely has just three expressions on-screen- Smile, Cry (he does look convincing while crying) and Look Angry. Despite Nikhil Advani’s best efforts to make him look a typical hero material, he gives very immature performance.

From being presented in a typical Salman Khan style to enacting a scene similar to SRK’s ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’, the makers give it all to him; but he fails. Perhaps the only good thing about him in this movie is his physique.

Coming to Athiya Shetty, her loud expressions in the first few minutes of the movie will get on your nerves. And even though she tones down a little later, the actress looks completely lost. She does have more expressions than her co-star Pancholi, but the movie just seems to be more focussed on our hero than the heroine! And the biggest minus point is that she does not have the spark.

While Tigmanshu Dhulia does a fabulous job as Athiya’s strict yet soft father, Aditya Pancholi too has done a commendable job.

Sharad Kelkar undoubtedly stands out as the loving brother and a good son. He makes the role larger than life, and enlightens the screen with his presence!

Chetan Hansraj is at his villainous best. On the other hand, Vivaan Bhatena makes perfect use of his little screen timing and convinces as the negative lead despite his weak characterization.

The boys who play Sooraj’s friends have done a nice job and keep entertaining with their funny antics.

Direction: Nikhil Advani has always had an edge when it comes to emotional and romantic scenes. Here too, the same happens. As a director, he has done a good job and tries his best to present Sooraj and Athiya as the next big stars. However, it is the poor and predictable story line along with weak characterizations that makes the movie yawn worthy! And the clichéd and melodramatic dialogues act as the cherry on the top.

One can see he has given all he could to make this movie a great one. Sadly, all his efforts go in vain. Also, he could have given a better look at the editing aspect. However, the action scenes might make the single screen audience whistle because Sooraj is Salman’s boy after all!

Overall, neither the dance and action stunts nor the drama and tears convince you to consider this movie

Combo-On-Offer: Action + Drama

Verdict: ‘Hero' is the replica of a typical Salman Khan action-drama movie with Sooraj replacing the superstar and Athiya replacing the not-so-useful-to-the-script actress. Hence, we give it SLAPS.

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