Expectations and anticipations were soaring high around Nikhil Advani's 'Hero', the remake of the 1983 cult classic of the same name. But did Advani's 'Hero' match up or even come close to the original film? Let's just evaluate that.
'Hero' tells the story of a ruffian Sooraj (Sooraj Pancholi) son of Pasha (Aditya Pancholi) who has been convicted for being the mastermind behind the killing of a local journalist. Even though Sooraj is a ruffian, he is an extremely big hearted fellow who just can't tolerate any atrocity, pain or suffering. So when the villianous Changezi (Chetan Hansraj) and his henchmen torture the helpless, Sooraj comes to the rescue and saves the day. He then goes to party with his friends at a club and this is where he meets Radha (Athiya Shetty) who is the daugther of IG Mathur (Tigmanshu Dhulia) and after an incident at the club, Radha gets so impressed by Sooraj that she almost immediately falls for him. Meanwhile IG Mathur relentlessly torments Pasha to accept his crime but Pasha does not oblige and instead asks his son Sooraj to kidnap Radha but keep her safe. Sooraj obliges with his father and lies to Radha that he is a police officer who has been tasked to take her to a secluded place and keep her safe. The unsuspecting Radha agrees to go with him. He takes her to a snowy place, accompanied by his friends and all of them stay there for some days. This is when Sooraj and Radha both come even closer to each other and fall in love madly. But unfortunately even as Radha finds out the truth behind Sooraj, she does not leave him and instead asks him to reform himself and surrender to the police. Will Sooraj reform himself and surrender to the police, will Radha's father IG Mathur accept their relationship, what will be the outcome of the love story of these two lovebirds will be, forms the reminder of the story.
Coming to terms with the acting part in the film, the two debutants Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty did manage to show some spark but frankly were not quite impressive. Sooraj carries only one expression on his face throughout the film but did show some promise with his acting. Athiya Shetty on the other hand frankly does not look quite appealing on screen and she even needs to polish her acting skills a bit more. Tigmanshu Dhulia who plays Athiya's father fails to impress even though we all know he is a very good actor. Sharad Kelkar who plays Athiya's brother was decent. Aditya Pancholi as the villainous Pasha does not look so intimidating and rather fails to impress. Rest of the supporting cast are strictly okay.
Cinematography of the film was pretty decent although there is nothing very special to mention about it. Editing is average. The dialogues of the film are pretty lame, the only one which stood out was 'Pyaar Karnewale Kabhi Darte Nahi, Jo Darte Hain Woh Pyaar Karte Nahi' but anyways this one was part of the original 'Hero' and for this frankly full credit cannot go to this film. The action sequences in the film were pretty decent but not good enough as many of the sequences did not look realistic enough.
Talking about the music of the film, none of the songs are that hummable or worth mentioning and so the soundtrack album of the film is a complete letdown whereas the soundtrack of the original 'Hero' was a masterpiece in every sense.
Unfortunately even as the anticipations and expectations from Nikhil Advani's 'Hero' were very high, it fails to deliver what was expected from it. Frankly, Advani's 'Hero' comes nowhere even close to original 'Hero' directed by veteran Subhash Ghai in any department. We are going for two stars for 'Hero'. Watch it only if you have nothing better to do this weekend and if indeed you have something very special to do, you can easily skip this one.