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Movie Review : Heroes
Director : Music :
Sajid-Wajid and Monty Sharma
Jalees Sherwani and Rahul Seth
Salman Khan, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Mithun Chakraborty, Preity Zinta, Sohail Khan, Vatsal Sheth, Dino Morea, Amrita Arora and Riya Sen
Heroes Movie Review
October 25, 2008 12:09:10 PM IST By Martin D'Souza, Bollywood Trade News Network
What we have here is a very good story idea; what is lacking is proper cinematic treatment. End result; what could have been an applause worthy effort, just about manages to pass muster thanks in the main to the brilliance in between. Another thing that could have worked for the film is if the editor, Sanjay Sankla, could have edited 30 unnecessary minutes. In short, a missed opportunity of having the nation in a trance with the focus on our jawans on the border.
The first 30 minutes have you wondering what the film is all about. In between, you try to figure out where the film is heading. Sohail Khan and Vatsal Sheth are two dudes who love to live life out of their classroom. So on graduation day they realize they are the only two to have failed, and as a result have to submit a film to get their degree. This leads them on to an idea (which germinates in a scene shot in a swimming pool) why one should not join the army. One of their girlfriends suggests that her cousin who is a war journalist could help them. He does, because before the movie began they showed him (Mohnish Behl) interviewing jawans and each of them (Salman Khan, Bobby Deol and Dino Morea) gave him a letter. These are the very letters he gives the twosome to help them in their project. It helps to know that the letters were written in 1999, the same time the Kargil war was in force.
Let's come to the story of the jawans (which the film is all about) later. What the director Samir Karnik was trying to establish in the first 30 minutes is the uselessness of the ideology of these two blokes. This, I believe could have been smartly done within five minutes, thus shortening the agony for the viewers. Also, the Mithun shots could have done away with as the two had come to a realization.
The film actually speaks when they begin their journey, with three, three-year-old letters. Through the letters, they learn of the personalities of the three jawans who lost their lives fighting for the country and the views of their families. While Salman Khan's wife Preity Zinta takes on the onus of supporting hers with his aged parents and her son, Sunny Deol, himself a fighter pilot, now in a wheelchair, talks of pride when he speak of his deceased brother Bobby Deol while Mithun Chakraborty cannot get to terms with the death of his son, Dino Morea.
Their stories strike a chord, which connects to the audience and shatters the belief of the twosome of the futility of dying for the country. From cool dudes to someone who want to do something worthwhile, their change is dramatic.
Salman Khan (impressive) does not get a chance to knock off his shirt, Sohail does. Sunny Deol gives off a powerful performance, ditto Preity Zinta and the boy who plays her son, Dwij Yadav. Dino and Bobby too shine in their cameos. Amrita Arora and Riya Sen's characters are not well etched, whereas Hrishitaa Bhatt gets a well-defined guest appearance.