Film Hindi Review

Heropanti

In a ‘Jatland’ village, Chaudhary (Prakash Raj) has two daughters, Dimpy (Sandeepa Dhar) and Renu (Kriti Sanon). Dimpy elopes with her lover, Rakesh. Chaudhary’s family round up Rakesh’s friends on the assumption that they helped the couple elope. In this group is Babloo (Tiger Shroff). Babloo however refuses to escape when he has the opportunity as he has spotted Renu and it is love at first sight for him. However, seeing the hurt Chaudhary has gone through due to his Dimpy’s elopement, Babloo decides he will win over Renu with Chaudhary’s permission…

Heropanti, directed by Sabbir Khan and designed as a launch for Jackie Shroff’s son, Tiger Shroff, proves yet again just how bad some of our mainstream films can be. The film is a remake of the Telugu film Parugu (2008), which was not only a huge success at the box office but also won the Nandi (Special Jury) and Filmfare (Best Actor, Telugu) Awards for its leading man, Allu Arjun.

So yet again another star son is launched with a love story having its share of obstacles to show the world that he can do romantic scenes, dance, fight and even do the odd comedy scene. However, barring some of the action sequences where Tiger Shroff shows off his considerable martial arts skills, there’s little else he has to offer, looks and acting wise, at least on the basis of this film. But it has to be said he’s totally defeated by the shoddy screenplay that eventually becomes more of a bromance between Prakash Raj and Tiger before its tacky DDLJ like ending. Adding to the torturous viewing is some woeful dialogue writing and extremely poor cinematic execution on the technical side.

It is Prakash Raj who actually gives the film some of its most watchable and hilarious moments. The only problem is these are meant to be highly serious, dramatic and emotional ones. With an eye popping performance that combines all of ham, turkey and bacon, he kills the only role in the film that had some sort of complexity to it as apart from his anger, we also get to see his angst at the elopement of his elder daughter.

All in all, the film is a disastrous launch pad for Tiger Shroff, who is also made to play the flute ala his dad in Hero (1983)! Sadly, this is no Heropanti but Zeropanti instead.

Score7%

Hindi, Action, Drama, Romance, Color

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