Hero Hiralal (1988)

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Hyderabadi Hiralal, who is also referred to as 'Hero' due to his obsession with Bollywood movies, drives an auto-rickshaw and often gets into fisticuffs. Things change when he meets with ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hero Hiralal
Sanjana Kapoor ...
Roopa (as Sanjna Kapoor)
Deepa Sahi ...
Sitara Devi
Kiran Kumar ...
Prem Kumar
Rohini Hattangadi ...
Roopa's mom (as Rohini Hattangady)
Satish Shah ...
Bhagwan - Hawa Hawai Productions
Mohan Gokhale ...
Rangila (as Mohan Gokhle)
Johnny Lever ...
Havaldar (as Johny Lever)
Dilip Dhawan ...
Robin - Autorickshaw driver
Deepak Qazir ...
Dukhilal - Watchman
Ahmad Khan
Rahul Chowdhary ...
(as Rahul Choudhary)
Hosi Vasunia
Benjamin Gilani ...


Hyderabadi Hiralal, who is also referred to as 'Hero' due to his obsession with Bollywood movies, drives an auto-rickshaw and often gets into fisticuffs. Things change when he meets with actress, Roopa, shows her around, and falls head-over-heels in love with her - so much so - when the unit leaves, he drives all the way to Bombay to be close to her. It is here that he will come to know that she has no similar feelings for him - and he will be thrown into contact with beautiful and manipulative actress, Sitara Devi, who has new and different role for him - one that will change his life forever. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Hero Shah
23 October 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

For a long time I wanted to watch Ketan Mehta's Hero Hiralal. While seeing it I managed to understand why it's liked by some and why in turn it's not a very famous movie today. The movie is quite entertaining and unusual but its second half really lets it down and is close to being pathetic. The film is about Hiralal, a young auto rickshaw driver who has been an avid movie watcher since childhood and whose behaviour is pretty much like of a movie hero. He calls himself Hero Hiralal and that's how people use to refer to him. The movie follows his story, how he falls for a young and beautiful movie star named Rupa and how far he is willing to go in order to prove his love to her. The movie is really enjoyable in the first half and the relationship between Hiralal and Rupa is portrayed effectively. The main reason the movie makes an impact is undoubtedly the presence of Naseeruddin Shah, a great actor who makes an exception in this film by portraying a very naive and innocent young man whose behaviour is at times laughable but mostly makes him a likable guy whose sincerity is really unbelievable. Shah is an actor who is unafraid to make fun of himself on-screen, and that's what he does. Sanjana Kapoor is beautiful and graceful. Too bad the second half of the film was so unrealistic and unclear with Hiralal's weird decision to die a hero's death. Having said that, the movie is nice and it gives the viewer a nice glimpse into the world of cinema. Not the best of Ketan Mehta, an ordinary movie from the general point of view, but still a watchable and different movie which is worth seeing at least once.

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