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Heroine (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 21 September 2012 (India)
A female superstar struggles through the trials and tribulations of being a Bollywood actress.

Director:

Madhur Bhandarkar

Writers:

Madhur Bhandarkar, Ajeet Ghorpade (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Pinky alias Pooja Malhotra (Kareena Kapoor) and Karan (Tusshar Kapoor) are childhood sweethearts. During this time they exchange vows that they will live for each other only. They separate ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Kareena Kapoor ... Mahi Arora
Arjun Rampal ... Aryan Khanna
Randeep Hooda ... Angad Paul
Shahana Goswami ... Promita
Pooja Chopra ... Shaheen Khan
Divya Dutta ... Pallavi Narayan
Rashmi Nigam ... Gauri
Pallavi Sharda ... Gayatri
Ranvir Shorey ... Tapanda (Dada)
Lillete Dubey ... Mahi's Mom
Mugdha Godse ... Rhea Mehra
Sanjay Suri ... Abbas Khan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harsh Chhaya ... Alex
G.K. Desai G.K. Desai
Kanika Dhillon
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

21 September 2012 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Eroina See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$389,901, 23 September 2012

Gross USA:

$598,668

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,036,853
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The trailer was released on 25 July 2012. After the release of the trailer, a controversy arose. In the film's promo a dialogue of Kareena Kapoor: "If a heroine buys a car, it's gifted to her by a businessman. If she goes to LA (Los Angeles), she's getting plastic surgery done and, god forbid, if she goes to Dubai, you people make a rate card for her," was not appreciated by the people of Dubai. To avoid hurting sentiments, Director Madhur Bhandarkar has had the offending statement censored in the Dubai version. He clarified, "We have censored it. See more »

Goofs

Mahi Arora uses an iPhone but whenever she uses it, the screen does not turn off while making a call. The proximity sensor in an iPhone turns off the screen when it's held to the ear. See more »

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Featured in 14th International Indian Film Academy Awards (2013) See more »

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Works only because of Kareena Kapoor!
21 September 2012 | by jahangirhussain74See all my reviews

Heroine offers nothing new. It' just a collaboration of Madhur Bhandarkar's earlier works, Chandni Bar, Page 3 and Fashion. But what catches your eyes is the presentation of the film and a really good performance from the lead actor, Kareena Kapoor. Bebo gives her best shot as Mahi Arora and is utterly convincing as a manic depressive heroine who is on a downward spiral. The scenes involving her as smoking, drinking and popping anti-depressant pills leave you breathless. It's safe to say that Bebo has given a role of a lifetime in Heroine. Otherwise, Bhandarkar paves the same nails as he did in Fashion with Heroine. He throws in a lot of clichés and caricaturish characters in Heroine too. These clichés are so long-drawn and get too tiring at some point. The movie drags in the second half just like Fashion and the impact of a hard-hitting cinema is largely missing at that point. Salim- Sulaiman did a great job of composing some heart-touching music like 'Saiyaan' along with a raunchy number 'Halkat Jawani' in which Bebo oozes with sexiness.

Watch Heroine only for Bebo! You won't be disappointed at least with her performance. I give it 3/10.


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