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Other than the (fake) 'fact' that 'everyone in Bollywood is evil and self-centred' (according to the director), I didn't get what point Bhandarkar was trying to make. While his previous films like 'Corporate', 'Fashion', 'Page 3' etc also present a heavily biased view, the stories had more structure (as flawed as most of them might have been). However, 'Heroine' is one huge mess. Think of it as a disastrous fusion of his aforementioned films with Bollywood as the backdrop. Poorly written caricatures, lacking in focus, the film doesn't seem to be able to make up its mind.
Kareena Kapoor in the title role hardly impresses at all. It doesn't help that the character is halfbaked and one-dimensional. Perhaps Bhandarkar was aware of Kapoor's limitations and had the voice-over of a pointless reporter character (one of the most annoying features of 'Heroine') dictate how the viewer is supposed to feel. Talk about spoonfeeding. Even fine actors like Divya Dutta and Lilette Dubey aren't given much scope (mostly due to horrendous writing). The only acting that stands out is that of Shahana Goswami. Her track would have been a nice addition if it weren't for the pointless lesbian fling conclusion. Exactly what was Bhandarkar trying to say here? Apart from Goswami, Govind Namdeo is likable too.
The songs are just as dreadful. The execution is mediocre. Sound design is awful. The sex scenes are laughably bad. Were Bhandarkar and Kapoor shooting themselves up with heroin to make 'Heroine'?
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