Heropanti Movie Review

Rating: 1.5/5

Critic Rating: (1.5/5)
Well, Jackie Shroff’s son has arrived in the scene.

Father made his debut with ‘Hero’, son makes it with ‘Heropanti’.

But is ‘Heropanti’ worth spending your money and weekend on Read on for Heropanti Movie Review

Plot:

The story is set in what is referred to as ‘Jattland’ where the local don Chaudhary (Prakash Raj) is having a pompous wedding for his elder daughter Renu (Sandeepa Dhar). On the night of the wedding Renu elopes with her boyfriend Rakesh, resulting in a frantic search for her across the village. The goons gauge that Rakesh’s friends might have helped him in it and they are promptly picked up by them.

After a massive search, the goons manage to find Bablu (Tiger) who is the real one helping Rakesh and Renu. Tiger, meanwhile in captivity, tells his friends about his love interest. As luck would have it, the love interest is none other than Chaudhury’s younger daughter Dimpy (Kriti Sanon).

Not only is this film about how Kriti and Tiger’s love story ends up in the iconic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge style but also about altering the moral standards of the men of Jattland who look upon women as cattle.

Performances and Technical Aspects:

Tiger Shroff has made his Bollywood debut with this movie.

Amidst high expectations and buzz, Tiger Shroff’s performance falls flat. His un-influential dialogue delivery, almost zero versatility in expressions and lack of screen presence will more or less land him in the league of Uday Chopra and Tusshar Kapoor.

I did try my best to like Tiger Shroff in the film. And despite slogging for over two hours, I did not succeed. His acting skills are zero and has none of his father’s better qualities.

However, when it comes to action, this guy is a star! His sincerity must be appreciated.

If there ever is a Bollywood film with zero dialogues and just action pieces strewn together, the best bet for casting will be Tiger. For now, he simply disappoints!

Surprisingly, Kriti Sanon impresses with her screen presence. The vivacious lady who made her debut in Tollywood opposite Prince Mahesh Babu in ‘1 Nenokkadine’, ensures that you do not take too many loo breaks in the movie.

Kriti might need a little brushing up on her acting skills but the girl is quite a star in her demeanor. She kind of reminded me of a younger Deepika Padukone, lost in her first movie but quite conveys the idea that she will have her own share of good run in the industry someday.

Prakash Raj topples all his previous worst performances by coming up with something far worse than ‘Rajjo’. You may even notice paedophile instincts in him when he places Tiger’s hand on his thighs. Ewww!
His bawling is hell funny and probably the film’s sole comic relief.

Technically, the film is sound to the extent of action sequences being executed beautifully.

However, if you were expecting more of those action sequences which you saw in the trailer, well, you’re bound to get disappointed.

Talking about direction, well, the film is directed by Sabbir Khan who directed ‘Kambakht Ishq’ starring Akshya Kumar and Kareena Kapoor, before this one.

Sabbir desperately needs to be joined in a film school. The transition between different scenes is pathetically patchy.

Sabbir Khan doesn’t give you anything you might enjoy. Even Tiger’s action pieces were chopped off and given to us limited. What is bad is given out judiciously but what is good is served in small portions in this film.

With zero screenplay, abrupt editing and a disturbing background score, I would say that Sabbir’s knowledge and understanding of films is highly questionable.

The loose ends of the screenplay are tied together, to an extent, by the film’s music. However, how long would that even go.

The film’s songs are the only saving grace of the movie apart form Kriti. However, it is still below par.


Hawk-Eye Analysis:

Time and again we have seen movies being made on the subject of ‘warring families’.

‘Ishaqzaade’ was one such movie which collaborated the themes of ‘warring families’ and ‘Honour killing’ effortlessly.

However, ‘Heropanti’ is not that kind of movie.

Unlike it’s Telugu counterpart, the movie does not quite live up to the expectations.

The sequences shown in the trailer itself are the highlights of the film. You do not get to see stuff beyond that.

There is zero connect with the audiences. And believe it or not, you can take as many loo breaks in the movie as much as you want. That’s because there is nothing that you’re gonna miss out on.

Given Tiger’s dull mannerisms, the love track between the lead pair could have easily gone unnoticed if not for Kriti’s screen presence.

It isn’t very difficult to conjure up the regular ingredients and make a masala fare (Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar have been surviving solely on that for years) but Sabbir’s coomplicated slim plot and the inability to understand what audiences want quite destroys this film which could have been watchable.

The film is extremely predictable and flat.


Final Verdict:

This one is definitely not worth wasting your weekend on.

Audiences down south, although, have an advantage! You have options in the form of ‘Manam’ and Kochadaiiyaan!

‘Heropanti’ is the Hindi remake of the hit-Tollywood movie, ‘Parugu’.

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