Review: When everything around you starts shouting, “we need a change”, you know it’s high-time you got one. Madhur Bhandarkar’s latest release, Heroine has left many disappointed and rightly so. Known for working on and developing sensitive subjects, this latest offering is quite a bummer. The story runs haywire long before you realise that you’ve only been in the film a few minutes. Add to that some poor acting and lazy direction, what you have is nothing short of a masterpiece of sheer complacence that hits you like a rude shock.
I am not completely certain who is the bigger loser in this bargain – lead actress Kareena Kapoor or ace-director, Madhur Bhandarkar. Talking about the latter first, ofcourse the bar was set high enough when he gave us the heart-wrenching Chandini Bar or the real face of a Page-3ite, close to a decade ago. Yes, everyone is allowed that one chance. However, one like this… no sir! Everyone on the crew seemed rather confident that they had delivered something incredible, something that no one had seen before. From the portrayals of journalists, to jealous co-stars, to love interests, it was all unreal, an act so put-on that you would only find yourself in one too-many ‘face-palm’ moments. Taking inspiration from the film itself, here’s something one of the actors said, “Yeh film-industry hai, yahan jhooth bhi confidently bolna chahiye.” This one line may have changed the way the masses look at the actors and other members of the film industry today, am certain (atleast the ones associated with this film).
Kareena Kapoor hasn’t looked prettier than this before. Although she was the constant damsel in distress through those 155 odd-mins, the phoenix who didn’t have a will to rise from those ashes until it was time to say goodbye to her loyal fans, she still managed a relatively laudable performance. Only if the choice was a tad-bit better. The sense and sensibilities that prevailed while signing up for the film, probably got gnawed at somewhere in the process of creating this film. Nonetheless, one cannot fault the talented actress, ’cause she has proven her acting prowess in the past. And it certainly looked like she had worked hard on her look for the film, from one of her boldest item numbers, Halkat Jawani to the chiselled avatar in the opening number, Main Heroine Hoon. Her various attires in the film, done by Manish Malhotra were custom-made just for her, most of them causing your jaw to drop. All in all, this is easily one of those ‘looks’ (only) for which she will be remembered for in the future. This also will be her last film as a maiden before she returns later this year in Reema Kagti’s Talaash as Kareena Kapoor Khan.
A few supporting actors in the film played their parts with much panache. Ranvir Shorey as the ‘arty’ film director, Shahana Goswami as a popular actress from the Bengali film industry, Helen as the veteran actress, and the men, Arjun Rampal and Randeep Hooda filling up the space. Honestly, there was nothing spectacular about the film on the whole, every few minutes, one may find themselves cringing with disgust. The role that Kareena had to play, that of a moody superstar, Mahi Arora, was one that didn’t call for any empathy from the viewers. The first-half was rather entertaining because of the unintentional light-hearted moments. If you are looking for the elements you saw in Page 3 or Fashion, yes there are a few, just badly executed. On the whole, there isn’t anything much you will miss if you do not watch this film anytime soon. Only watch if Kareena Kapoor makes you go ga-ga.
Verdict: Kareena Kapoor’s pretty looks do nothing for the film, lazy scripting and boring acting makes Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine an unwise choice!
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Shahana Goswami, Kanika Dhillon, Randeep Hooda
Writer: Niranjan Iyengar
Length: 2 hrs 29 mins