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    Heroine Review - Get SET for SET pieces!! Sep 22, 2012 News Let's kick start the innings with a sneak peek into the Cast & Crew\rCast:\rMahie “Bipolar-nonchalant-commitment-phobic” Arora - Kareena Kapoor\rAryan “Moody-Macho-Superstar-Lover-Father” Khanna - Arjun Rampal\rAngad “All-I-need-is-Cricket-and-Actresses” Paul - Randeep Hooda\rProtima “I-have-methods-to-teach-method-acting” Roy - Shahana Goswami\rPallavi “Branding-and-stardom-go-hand-in-hand” Narayan - Divya Dutta\rAbbas “I-am-an-Actor-Editor-Director” Khan - Sanjay Suri\rRia “I-don't-accept-debut-awards” Mehra - Mugdha Godse\rTapan “Don't-teach-me-film-making” Da - Ranvir Shourey\rShagufta “I-am-used-to-all-this” Ali - Helen\rRashid “I-am-an-eternal-loyal” Bhai - Govind Namdeo\rMusic, Editor, Camera and other technical department:\r“What-can-we-do-when-there-is-no-scope”\rDirector:\rMadhur “I-am-the-mouth-piece-of-INDUSTRY” Bhandarkar\rThe director's obsession with “set people” is prevalent since time immemorial. He opened his innings with Page 3 set, then in the middle-overs he sailed through murky waters of Fashion set, and now his muse has reached the slog-overs with an outlandish design of Heroine set. Madhur Bhandarkar has spent a meaty time in the industry, but, what should probably take shape from an insider's insight turns into a prevarication resulting in slimy sketches of characters, err, caricatures. Sometimes, the characters are believable and many a time they are so excruciating that you can't stomach them any further. Thus making “Heroine” a lackluster and detestably loooooong story of a star/heroine/actress (I thought all these terms can be used alternately, but there's a difference and every term is explained in the film) Mahi Arora, narrated without quip, ponderousness or ingenuity.\rThe movie opens with a mishap in Mahie's life and the narrative moves back in time to show where it all began - Heroine on her career's pinnacle. Her relationships, her rise and fall from stardom owing to her moody and impulsive behavior form the major chunk of the film. Despite the predictable follow of events, the movie has some glorious moments where the audience becomes aghast with an uncanny depiction of people connected to the industry. But with time, these stereotypical set pieces pile up, and Bhandarkar being the film's co-writer passes the blame game baton to bad parentage which results in peevish behavior of Mahie.\rThe characters are akin to real-life stars, and everything we have read or heard about Bollywood is thrown onto the giant canvas made by Madhur. He shows an adamant art house Bengali director who cribs about tight budget and gives Mahie just an hour to memorize a four page dialogue but takes whole 9 months to complete only half the film - Mr Bhandarkar, is it character elevation or character assassination?! The other players completing the lineup are: the ubiquitous paparazzi, the impression of debauchery, a lesbian act, the existence of casting couch, a manipulative male star, page 3 people who smoke and drink round-the-clock, and a PR executive - a person with myriad equations and calculations and she says, “I create brands.”\rThe only bankable factor in the film is Kareena Kapoor's performance, albeit there isn't any string of surprises to that. A few scenes add life to the film, but the trite dialogues take away all the sheen - You can hear the word “industry” zillion times in the film. After an excruciatingly chewing-gummish pre-climax sequence, like in every film of Rise-and-fall-in-film-industry genre, people close to Mahie walk out of her life and she succumbs to seemingly implausible ways to bring back her lost smile. After bombarding the star with every piece he could assimilate from the Pandora's Box, now “Mr Preacher” Bhandarkar expects some HOPE, and takes the route of leaving the stardom to negate the harrowing past that (according to him) is inevitable in the life of every HEROINE!!\rBottom-line:\rThe movie falls prey to the formulaic template of film-making - An entertaining first half that eventually drops into a splash of post interval melodrama. Despite some moments of glory, the film remains a twine of dreary banalities. The caricatured characters fill the screen space and the screenplay wanders through many streets, at times induces sleep, and ultimately loses its destination. Madhur Bhandarkar should realize that if he makes a rehashed version of his earlier films, it may result in an inevitable damp squib. Let's seal the innings with this line - Watch Heroine for Kareena's superlative performance or watch it on your TV sets this Diwali (I hope this time my predictometer will be bang on).\r Raja Satish
  • Raja Satish

    Heroine Review - Get SET for SET pieces!!

    Rated 2.0 by Raja Satish Sep 22, 2012

    Verdict - Watch Heroine for Kareena's superlative performance or watch it on your TV sets this Diwali

    Let's kick start the innings with a sneak peek into the Cast & Crew\rCast:\rMahie “Bipolar-nonchalant-commitment-phobic” Arora - Kareena Ka... read more

  • Ameet Bhuvan

    Heroine Review - Forced Predictable Cliched

    Rated 2.0 by Ameet Bhuvan Sep 22, 2012

    Verdict - Nothing new to engage

    \rIn a sequence from the film, a bystander comments on how Mahi the actress should be content with being a decoration in a film grossing 100 crore... read more

  • Nikhil Arora

    Heroine Review - Celluloid Villains

    Rated 2.0 by Nikhil Arora Sep 21, 2012

    Verdict - Heroine begins to show promise but ultimately crashes and burns

    Heroine is a film that will suffer from being a Madhur Bhandarkar film. Bhandarkar stopped being a filmmaker after Chandni Bar (2001). He became a ... read more

  • Rony D'costa

    Heroine Review - Halkat Heroine

    Rated 2.0 by Rony D'costa Sep 21, 2012

    Verdict - An actor is as good or bad as her choice of films and Kareena Kapoor proves it by choosing to work in a Madhur Bhandarkar film.

    \rIn the filmy world which is dominated by heroes it is indeed a good thing to see a film from the heroine's point of view but this heroine deserv... read more

  • Inspector VIjay

    Heroine Review - Page 3 Fashion (including cast) - Novelty. Only Halkat.

    Rated 1.5 by Inspector VIjay Sep 22, 2012

    Verdict - SKIP

    The promos didnt look fresh and the songs didnt quite pick up, but I still thought lets give Heroine a chance.\rHow did it fare? Insanely tiring &a... read more

  • Madan Mohan Marwah

    Heroine Review - Well made but tediously long cliche ridden reflection of film industry

    Rated 3.0 by Madan Mohan Marwah May 11, 2013

    Madhur Bhandarkar is known to do considerable research on the subjects of his films. This time he has overdone it and did'nt know when to stop.Si... read more

  • Smita Vyas Kumar

    Heroine Review - All dressed up and nowhere to go

    Rated 2.0 by Smita Vyas Kumar Sep 21, 2012

    Verdict - Long and mending, Heroine is boring

    \rHeroine starts nowhere and ends nowhere. And in between coming and going from and to nowhere, it wallows in a pond full of tears of self-pity.\r... read more

  • Ankur Pathak

    Heroine Review - Heroine is Safe, not Addictive

    Rated 2.0 by Ankur Pathak Sep 21, 2012

    Verdict - Superficial and sketchy; there's nothing shocking about Heroine.

    Madhur Bandarkar, famous for picking on industries to which he renders a single word title and then goes on to exploit every stereotype available i... read more

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