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Hero Hiralal (1988)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 21 October 1988 (India)
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 »


Ketan Mehta, V. Menon (as V.N. Menon)


Gul Anand (screenplay), Hriday Lani (dialogue) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Naseeruddin Shah ... Hero Hiralal
Sanjana Kapoor ... Roopa (as Sanjna Kapoor)
Deepa Sahi ... Sitara Devi
Kiran Kumar ... Prem Kumar
Rohini Hattangadi ... Roopa's mom (as Rohini Hattangady)
Saeed Jaffrey ... Aziz
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 Ahmad Khan
Rahul Chowdhary Rahul Chowdhary ... (as Rahul Choudhary)
Hosi Vasunia Hosi Vasunia
Benjamin Gilani ... Compere


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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Action | Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

21 October 1988 (India) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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P.L.A. Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


There were several stories of Naseeruddin angry with Shashi Kapoor after the making of Junoon. When Shashi's daughter Sanjana acted in the play "Arms and The Man", many were shocked at how badly Naseeruddin and his wife Ratna treated Sanjana. Ratna was directed the play for Theatrewallahs. Naseeruddin and Ratna would openly snub her and would make cruel comments. Naseeruddin would do this due to his hatred for Shashi Kapoor. Rather than put up further with this treatment,Sanjana walked out of the play. When Hero Hiralal was announced ,Ketan Mehta was able to patch things up between Naseeruddin and Sanjana. Naseer realized he was at wrong with his behavior and apologized to Sanjana. See more »


Yeh Sapnon Ki Duniya Hai
Performed by Kanchan, Babla
Lyrics by Hriday Lani
Composed by Babla
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Hero Hiralal- This movie is unusual yet brilliant!
19 February 2011 | by pulkita_94See all my reviews

This movie came in 1988 when I wasn't even born. A boring day. Nothing to do. Nothing to watch on TV. Then, while flipping the channels, suddenly something caught my attention. Naseeruddin Shah and a pretty lady spending time together at the Charminar. I found it interesting and decided to watch it. Glad I did!

Though I missed some parts of the movie on TV, I later did watch the parts I had missed online. Overall, the first half was excellent. The second half was typical Bollywood stuff although the decision of the hero to attempt suicide as an event was unusual. It wasn't as good as the first half, but was equally enjoyable. The song "Sapnon Ki Duniya Hai" was terrific in both the original and sad versions.

Naseeruddin Shah once again showed his prowess in the titular role. Sanjana Kapoor as a newcomer was also good. Wish more of her could be seen on screen.

All the other actors suited the supporting roles. Amitabh Bachchan was endearing in his guest role. One of the best movies I have ever seen! Highly Recommended!!

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