Movie: Heroine

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar

Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Randeep Hooda

Jagran Rating: Average

Story Line: Showing the truth of industry’s dark side through Fashion, Page 3 and Corporate, now Madhur delves area that is very familiar to him. Through Heroine, Madhur offers nothing new except Kareena, Heroin depicts same old story, a rise and fall of star. Film story revolves around Mahi Arora (Kareena Kapoor), who is a reigning queen of Bollywood and everybody wants to work with her. Mahi falls in love with the star Aryan Khanna (Arjun Rampal), who is getting through divorce. Mahi wants to marry him but Aryan is still not ready for commitment and refuses to acknowledge their relationship in public.

Mahi then seeks psychiatric treatment and tries to straighten her career and her life. She then fights with Aryan's wife after which Aryan dumps her.

Mahi slowly starts losing her stardom and name in the film industry. So she hires a new PR (Divya Dutta) and while rebuilding her career finds a new boyfriend in Angad Paul (Randeep Hooda).

But instead of getting easy it becomes more difficult for her. She is also suffering from bipolar disorder. At the end she becomes desperate and uses a cheap publicity stunt to make her movie a hit.

Thumbs Up: Kareena has performed superbly and acted the way you have seen earlier. She has always been glamorous but this time she has given some scenes that we couldn't expect, she looks ethereal and makes the most of whatever has been offered to her in terms of character. She brings depth in the role of a moody and emotionally unstable fading star. Kareena makes Mahi memorable and lovable. Other actors, Arjun as a confused and stud actor, Randeep as cricketer and lover, Divya as PR, Sanjay and Shahana in their small roles have delivered well. Some of the tracks are good.

Thumbs Down: Heroine tries to expose the reality of the film industry and pretends to be bold, but it is amateur and stereotypical. It fails at the research level, script level and in the development of the plot and characters. It becomes bearable only because of Kareena.

Heroine, a stereotype story, but one time watch.


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