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A Remake With Nothing At Stake: Hero Review

Hero, directed by Nikhil Advani, has two star-progenies in the lead. Sooraj Pancholi, son of Aditya Pancholi and Zareena Wahab, and Aditya Shetty, daughter of Suniel Shetty. In the first fifteen minutes of the film, the two actors flaunt everything they’re capable of. Pancholi flexes all his muscles (barring the ones on his face), shakes his leg to a party song, beats up men twice his size, and graces scantily clad women with ‘sexy’ glances. Shetty pouts, clicks selfies in the washroom, giggles and pouts some more, and catwalks through a pub. The rest of the film repeatedly reiterates the motto ­­– never sloppily remake a bad film just because you have Salman Khan as a co-producer.



Hero is a remake of the 1983 Jackie Shroff–Meenakshi Sheshadri film, also titled Hero. The wafer-thin plot combined with the bad direction and acting ensure that the remake is more akin to a re-mishmash. A local goon meets a rich girl, who happens to be the Inspector General’s daughter. A sparrow would shine in an intellectual competition against her. He is, of course, smitten by her beauty, and beats up her ex-boyfriend. Two scenes later, he and his friends kidnap her from Mumbai and takes her to a secluded village, somewhere in the Himalayas. That’s the film’s logic for love, romance, heroism, and everything a man should ever be. There is an initial stunt sequence, a bomb-blast scene, which packs some completely unexpected and unintentional humour, as does every ‘romantic’ sequence.


Hero is reminiscent of Saawariya, a badly executed movie, which served as a launchpad for the two other star-progenies, Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. Hero is nothing less than Nikhil Advani’s fall from grace. And Hero reminds us, if we ever needed reminding, that nepotism in art can look as ridiculous as nepotism in politics .


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