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Heroine (2012)

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A female superstar struggles through the trials and tribulations of being a Bollywood actress.


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Credited cast:
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Angad Paul
Pooja Chopra ...
Shaheen Khan
Pallavi Narayan
Rashmi Nigam ...
Tapanda (Dada)
Mahi's Mom
Mugdha Godse ...
Rhea Mehra
Abbas Khan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kanika Dhillon


After his incredible run of women-centric films from Chandni Bar, Page 3, Satta and Corporate to the blockbuster Fashion, Madhur Bhandarkar now turns his lens inwards and presents his most ambitious work yet - Heroine. The film is based on the life and times of a superstar heroine from the dream factory we call 'Bollywood'. The film is a daring, shocking, glamorous, scandalous behind the scenes account of the reality behind the world of glitz and glamour that our film stars inhabit. For a country obsessed with films and film stars, Heroine will take audiences on a voyeuristic journey to see what really goes on behind the closed doors of make up rooms and vanity vans. It will give them a chance to go beyond the gorgeous smiles and politically correct quotes, to see what really happens in the lives of India's sweethearts. The bitching and the politics, the secrets and the lies, the incredible highs of fame and the lonely depths of failure. Written by Anonymous

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$593,344 (USA) (5 October 2012)

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The failed independent film about prostitution that Mahi is seen working on in this film can be seen to mirror the real life independent film Chameli (2003), where Kareena Kapoor took a risk and played the role of a prostitute. See more »


When Kareena shoots the sex scene the camera is handheld and shaky but when she sees it with Divya Dutta on laptop it looks like as if it's shot with camera held properly See more »

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"Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed"
24 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

"Oh my god" That was my reaction when I came out of theater watching latest Madhur Bhandarkar film "Heroine". I kept wondering, "Is this the same director who has given movies like Satta, Chandani Bar, Page 3, Corporate and Fashion?". So at the outset let me say this, "Please don't watch this movie". And now the reasons.

Story: There is no story at all. The film is like a pendulum which swings from one direction to other, But at least pendulum helps to move the arms of watch. This story does not do any good to the movie. So I must say very badly written. And if the story itself is bad then it is just 2-3 hrs of cloths, foreign shoots and glamorous parties nothing else.

Screenplay: I am no expert but I can definitely tell the difference between good and bad. And it was bad.

Music: At one point I actually closed my ears. I found it too loud. It has just added to the sorrows of film.

Cast: One of the main reasons behind successful Madhur Bhandarkar films is the cast. And not just the central characters but the ensemble of characters gave the required impact to all of his previous films. This is not the case with Heroine. Apart from Kareena, Divya Dutta, Randeep Hooda and Ranveer Shauri no one leaves any impression. Kareena has done a "great job" in her portrayal of impulsive, moody yet emotional Mahi Arora who passes through turmoils of personal and professional hurdles. But how? By drinking, shrieking, smoking and crying in entire film nothing else. Additionally the character itself is so confused that at one point you wonder "Is there no such thing as self respect or learning from one's mistakes? I mean how can someone be so naive?". Somehow one cannot imagine Arjun Rampal and Sanjay Suri as Superstars. Arjun Rampal, in particular, has same expression in entire film. Helenji does reasonably good job apart from 1-2 pronunciations like "Heroin" for "Heroine" (which I might have heard incorrectly as I was half asleep). Ranveer Shauri dazzles and makes his presence felt (probably best portrayal in the movie).

To summarize, A Classic Example of "All Hype No Substance". Don't waste your money for this terrible experience, except if you want to sleep in AC for 2.5 hrs.

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