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Heroine (2012)

Heroine (2012)

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The film is based on the life and times of a superstar heroine from the dream factory we call 'Bollywood'. The film is an entertaining, daring, emotional, shocking, glamorous, scandalous behind the scenes account of the reality behind the world of glitz and glamour that our film stars inhabit. For a country obsessed with films and film stars, HEROINE will take audiences on a voyeuristic journey to see what really goes on behind the closed doors of make up rooms and vanity vans. It will give them a chance to go beyond the gorgeous smiles and politically correct quotes, to see what really happens in the lives of India's sweethearts - The sniping & the politics, the secrets & the lies, the incredible highs of fame & the lonely depths of failure.
Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Arjun Rampal
as Aryan Khanna
Divya Dutta
as Pallavi Narayan
Randeep Hooda
as Angad Paul
Kareena Kapoor
as Mahi Arora
Pooja Chopra
as Shaheen Khan
Ranvir Shorey
as Tapanda (Dada)
Pallavi Sharda
as Gayatri
Lillete Dubey
as Mrs. Arora
Sanjay Suri
as Abbas Khan
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Critic Reviews for Heroine

All Critics (1) | Top Critics (1)

Pulpy but attenuated, "Heroine" tries to do too much: deliver an exposé of the back-stabbing film business while also drawing a portrait of a woman caught in its vice.

Full Review… | September 24, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Heroine

½

Heroine (Hindi) Reality or realism is always twisted when compared to reality. Thereby any attempt to project it through a communication medium comes with a default smear of being anti thetic. The nay sayers proclaim against it suggesting a dependency on grasp over issue and the backdrop chosen. For Madhur Bhandarkar the setting was perfect - his own stable of rambunctious filmy world dominated by glamour, stardom, treachery and contempt. Did he get it right? Well, let's jump in! Plot: Mahi Arora (Kareena Kapoor) is the biggest and sassiest thing to happen to a heroine. She's head over heals for a to-be divorcee superstar Aryan (Arjun Rampal) and is vying for a public spot status along with him. When the cold shoulder reaches a freezing point, she gets dumped leaving her a with a wretched feeling of dirty linen. Now she resorts to the best god given combination for happiness or depression - booze, puffs and guess what another relationship (this time a cricketer. They instantly hit off like a T-20 match and slowly it starts turning in to an unending test match with Mahi trying to mimic Rahul Dravid's pace and style of game. There's dumping again - more booze, more puffs and again more booze more puffs. Jesus Christ there's just booze and puff innuendo after that. Analysis: One can analyze something that has an end. Such a shame to do so with an innuendo as this is something we have seen and felt. The only difference being "canvas" - Madhur picks up on the temple of Indian glitz and glamor - Bollywood. The plot does not offer anything new or convoluted at the same time. This old wine in new bottle is botched up and is not even given a fresh aroma. All through the movie, there are scenes reminiscent of Fashion - Madhur's extraordinary take on the world of fashion industry. A peek in to the life of super stars is not that glittery enough - well atleast in the way it has been projected. It seems more insinuating on glamour world and people involved in it rather than taking a clear shot at them. But if what's depicted is really true then boy we are idolizing some really sick people. Performances: Kareena Kapoor as Mahi Arora is excellent. She flows through different facades - beautiful, emotional, desperate, depressed, vengeful and gothic with exuberant ease. At the heights of depression and frustration the accomplished actress seems more louder than required. She' extremely good at shaking her leg to foot tapping musical score.In a female oriented story there's not a lot of scope for menfolk and their individual performances / contributions. Arjun Rampal and Randeep Hooda come and go with fair amount of justice meted out for themselves. Madhur's script work might have been easier given his primary motto of tainting at something where he belongs to. There are a couple of interesting sequences excepting which the script does not offer anything to lure with. One big saving grace for the film is background score by Salim-Sulaiman and the duo has some stirred up some soulful music in the background.

Jack Lakkapragada
Jack Lakkapragada

Heroine (Hindi) Reality or realism is always twisted when compared to reality. Thereby any attempt to project it through a communication medium comes with a default smear of being anti thetic. The nay sayers proclaim against it suggesting a dependency on grasp over issue and the backdrop chosen. For Madhur Bhandarkar the setting was perfect - his own stable of rambunctious filmy world dominated by glamour, stardom, treachery and contempt. Did he get it right? Well, let's jump in! Plot: Mahi Arora (Kareena Kapoor) is the biggest and sassiest thing to happen to a heroine. She's head over heals for a to-be divorcee superstar Aryan (Arjun Rampal) and is vying for a public spot status along with him. When the cold shoulder reaches a freezing point, she gets dumped leaving her a with a wretched feeling of dirty linen. Now she resorts to the best god given combination for happiness or depression - booze, puffs and guess what another relationship (this time a cricketer. They instantly hit off like a T-20 match and slowly it starts turning in to an unending test match with Mahi trying to mimic Rahul Dravid's pace and style of game. There's dumping again - more booze, more puffs and again more booze more puffs. Jesus Christ there's just booze and puff innuendo after that. Analysis: One can analyze something that has an end. Such a shame to do so with an innuendo as this is something we have seen and felt. The only difference being "canvas" - Madhur picks up on the temple of Indian glitz and glamor - Bollywood. The plot does not offer anything new or convoluted at the same time. This old wine in new bottle is botched up and is not even given a fresh aroma. All through the movie, there are scenes reminiscent of Fashion - Madhur's extraordinary take on the world of fashion industry. A peek in to the life of super stars is not that glittery enough - well atleast in the way it has been projected. It seems more insinuating on glamour world and people involved in it rather than taking a clear shot at them. But if what's depicted is really true then boy we are idolizing some really sick people. Performances: Kareena Kapoor as Mahi Arora is excellent. She flows through different facades - beautiful, emotional, desperate, depressed, vengeful and gothic with exuberant ease. At the heights of depression and frustration the accomplished actress seems more louder than required. She' extremely good at shaking her leg to foot tapping musical score.In a female oriented story there's not a lot of scope for menfolk and their individual performances / contributions. Arjun Rampal and Randeep Hooda come and go with fair amount of justice meted out for themselves. Madhur's script work might have been easier given his primary motto of tainting at something where he belongs to. There are a couple of interesting sequences excepting which the script does not offer anything to lure with. One big saving grace for the film is background score by Salim-Sulaiman and the duo has some stirred up some soulful music in the background.

Jack Lakkapragada
Jack Lakkapragada

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