Mumbai,23 May-2014, Faheem Ruhani:
Director: Sabbir Khan
Cast: Tiger Shroff, Kriti Sanon, Prakash Raj, Sandeepa Dhar
After watching this film, you genuinely feel bad that one of industry’s nicest man Jackie Shroff’s son had to mark his Bollywood debut with something as asinine as Heropanti. The over two-hour long film is an assault on your senses with a stereotypical treatment borrowed from the movies of 80s and 90s.
Let’s get one thing right. Debutant Tiger Shroff is not your conventional looking hero. So when you launch him in a film that is full of seen-before scenes, the result is nothing short of insipid.
Yes, he can punch the goons and does that rather well but Heropanti is not an action flick either. In the end what you get is mishmash of all filmy things that are so passe in an age when new directors are trying to tell fresh stories. Just to jog your memory a bit. Sabbir Khan is the same guy who directed Kambakkht Ishq.
Does Heropanti have a story, a plot? There is patriarch Chaudhariji, some kind of demagogue in place called Jattland, ‘jo karodo kamaata hai, Mercedes chalaata hai, par dil Nano jaisa.’ His elder daughter (Sandeepa Dhar) elopes with her lover (who happens to be some Masterji ka beta) on the day of her saat pheras. In order to search for her they round up Masterji ka beta’s four friends. Three of them are supremely irritating. The fourth one happens to be Bablu (Tiger Shroff) who as filmy destiny wills falls in love with Chaudhariji’s younger daughter Dimpy (Kriti sanon). If you have grown up watching Bollywood films you will have no trouble guessing the rest of whatever happens in this sheer-waste-of-time flick.
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Badly choreographed and picturised songs erupt out of nowhere and not required scenes are the bonus you get for suffering Heropanti. The dialogue writer was fed on diet of cheese. He spins one cheesy dialogue after another. During the second half, when Dimpy is about to get married, her father Chaudhriji takes Babloo’s hand in his hand and places it on his thigh and asks, ‘Tum mein aisa kya hai jo meri beti dekh sakti hai aur main nahin.’ Unintentional hilarity followed in the cinema hall after this.
All of Chaudhriji’s stick-holding men are the kind who believe in honour killing. Rajjo (Vikram Singh) who is about to get married to Dimpy tells Babloo towards the climax of the film, ‘Abhi main tumhara the end karoonga aur phir Dimpy ki opening ceremony karoonga.’ The same Rajjo had earlier told Dimpy to quit college and start spending more time in choola.
Dimpy’s chacha stops her from going to college. Dimpy is holding a home science project in her hand, which has houses and a windmill made out of cardboard on it. I remember doing such a project in the first standard of my school.
There is so much of crap going around in Heropanti in every department that Tiger Shroff strikes you for trying to rise above it. He is earnest but there is not much he can do to save his debut film from being one of the worst films one can watch. Kriti Sanon looks pretty. That is all that she is required to do. Born in family that treats women like cattle she is shown going to college in a skimpy choli-lehnga and a sheer chunni. Prakash Raj proves that he can come up with a performance far worse than that he did in Kangna Ranaut’s Rajjo last year.
The only bright spark comes from Sunil Grover’s humorous cameo where he easily steals the show. Heropanti is clearly a film that you should not watch. It is nothing but zeropanti.
(Input source: India Today)