3.5 Very Good


The director of box office disasters like Kyun Ho Gaya Na (Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Vivek Oberoi) and Nanhe Jaisalmer (Bobby Deol) is back with a film titled Heroes starring Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Vatsal Sheth, Mithun Chakraborty, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Preity Zinta, Dino Morea, Amrita Arora and Riya Sen. With such a huge starcast, the responsibility of the director only increases. Does Samir Karnik deliver? Let’s find out

Heroes is about two youngsters Saandh (Sohail Khan) and Nawab (Vatsal Seth) who travel all the way to the borders of India to deliver 3 letters as a part of their film school project which would earn them their graduation. The journey which promises to be full of adventures ends up changing their lives forever.

The movie is divided into three short stories. The first (Salman Khan – Preity Zinta) is the best of the lot. Extremely touching, very well directed and performed. Preity Zinta is brilliant in the emotional scenes and Salman Khan makes an impact although he hardly emotes. Jessi the kid, does well too.

The second (Sunny and Bobby Deol) has been shot very unrealistically which takes the shine away from the actual story. Sunny Deol bashing 10 guys at a time wouldn’t work with today’s multiplex audience. Sunny Deol is a tad bit over the top, Bobby Deol has about 2 lines to mouth. Overall, the second story does connect to a certain extent but unfortunately some sequences involving Sunny Deol are hard to digest.

The third part (Mithun Chakraborty, Dino Morea) is poor. The performances as well as the story just do not connect.

The pace of Heroes is too slow. Ideally the second and third parts must have been shorter, crisper and to the point. The movie also has about 3 songs too many, which should be quickly edited out for better overall impact. The climax too is a complete let down. Coming to the cinematography, the locales of Ladakh have been captured beautifully.

Vatsal Sheth does well, the good looking actor has improved quite a lot since his 2004 release Tarzan – The wonder car (opposite Ayesha Takia). When Sohail Khan cries, the audience laugh! Widely known as Salman Khan’s brother, Sohail should get back to the role he performs best… that of a producer. Amrita Arora and Riya Sen have absolutely nothing to do.

Overall, Samir Karnik deserves a pat on his back for attempting something different. The director also succeeds in evoking patriotism in the hearts of the audience. But the pace and the songs kill the otherwise decent movie. At the ticket window, a lot would depend on positive word of mouth. The movie should do good business in North India and at single screens.