Heroine Movie Reviews
September 20, 2012 Bolly-Freak 394716 reads 293 comments
Here are the reviews for Heroine:
Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
HEROINE astounds you with its brutal bluntness. Also, the director illustrates the heartrending and lamentable realities of the movie world brilliantly. On the flip side, although the writing borrows from reality and has ample shock value, the writers could've avoided a few episodes in Mahi's story, which seem unimportant. HEROINE is Kareena's film all the way and she delivers an award-worthy performance.On the whole, HEROINE is yet another hard-hitting motion picture from Madhur Bhandarkar. For persistently choosing women-centric themes, for consistently winning national acclaim and most significantly, magnetizing moviegoers in large numbers to view his cinema, the efforts of the maverick film-maker deserve to be lauded. Watch HEROINE for Madhur's imposing direction, for Kareena's superlative performance, watch it also for its fearless, inspiring and enlightening storyline divulging the scandalous realities of the movie industry. Try not to miss it.
Ratings:3/5 Reviewer: Meena Iyer Site:Times of india
Very clearly the written material at hand draws from unflattering accounts of various real and reel Hindi film heroines of the 80s who were in messy situations with their married co-stars. The film is made enjoyable by some pithy dialogue credited to Niranjan Iyengar. Heroine would have been crisper had it not digressed to cover every Bollywood insider account. Of course the saving grace of the film is Kareena who not only looks drop-dead gorgeous but is also adept as the girl interrupted. Heroine is Kareena's Dirty Picture. The actress has shown ample cleavage and partaken in some really intimate bedroom scenes. Definitely worth a dekho.
Ratings:- Reviewer: Manjusha Radhakrishnan Site:gulfnews
For those who are enchanted by Bollywood and its troubled stars, this film is delightfully voyeuristic as it takes you into their sexy-yet-shady world. While the film’s first half is brisk, the second half meanders but manages to get its act together towards the end. There are some obvious loopholes -- such as how a top actress such as Mahi can be this isolated from the human race and reality -- but the weak links aside it’s a satisfying watch.
Ratings:2 for the film and one extra one for Bebo. Reviewer: Shomini Sen Site:Zeenews
The film could easily be written off but for Kareena’s performance. As the bi-polar, erratic, insecure and vulnerable fading star, Kareena gives a superb performance. She looks beautiful, glamorous and makes Mahi her own. In fact, some of the incidents seem to be lifted straight out of Kareena’s life (yes, there is an MMS scandal as well). Kareena, who has for a long time been used as a glamour quotient in Rs 100 crore films, gets a meaty role and gives it her best shot. Some of the scenes in the film, although a bit unnecessary, need courage to be enacted and it comes as a surprise when a hard-core commercial actress like Kareena agrees to do such scenes. And then, does them so convincingly.
Ratings:2/5 . Reviewer: Saibal Chatterjee Site: NDTV
It’s all in here: tension-ridden Page 3 parties, smarmy celebrities bent upon pulling the rug from under each other’s feet, a sniggering underclass hovering around the charmed circle and hurling jibes at the glitterati and mealy-mouthed gossip columnists out to pull down the high and mighty.
Kareena is in virtually every scene in the film. She is particularly good when she dons the no-makeup look and allows herself to go with the flow of the emotions. But when she is called upon to strut around like a heroine, she is, surprisingly, far less convincing.
Ratings:2.5/5 . Reviewer: Kanika Sikka Site: DNA
The place where the film scores is performances, and mind you, this can’t be said for all the actors. Kareena does a good job, however tries too hard to give a powerful performance, which is very evident. Yet, for her fans, the film is a treat! Arjun does a good job. Randeep, as usual does justice to his role. Shahana Goswami is brilliant, but it is unfortunate that her role is limited. Helen has a charming role and she plays it effectively.
All said and done, the film may be a one-time watch. But if you expected too much out of the film, it may not be worth the anticipation and your money.
Ratings:1.5/5 . Reviewer: Roshni Devi Site: Koimoi
What’s Good: Some performances; the title track and Saiyaan song.
What’s Bad: The story and script seem to be in an endless loop; stereotypical, uni-dimensional characters; Kareena’s frequent breakdowns in the movie.
Loo Break: Any number of times.
Watch or Not?: Heroine movie irritates more than entertains, but some of the performances are nice.
Ratings:1.5/5 . Reviewer: Raja Sen Site: Rediff
Actually, to be fair, Heroine is quite stupendously glossy, with every actress soaked in bronzer, and much flattering lighting. And the actors really aren't the problem here, each of them -- even the disastrous ones -- earning more than their fare share just for keeping straight faces through this malarkey.
How then does Kareena do in this feature-length showreel? Impressively well. Ever a strong actress, she takes the opportunity to emote her guts out, but has been given far too large and unexciting a stage. She wails and moans and grumbles and huffs and pouts and sticks out her hip and uses those insanely captivating eyes to tremendous effect.
Kapoor acquits herself admirably and while the performance is overtly showy, it's more than most of her peers can do.
Ratings:-. Reviewer: Mayank Shekhar Site: thew14.com
A film called Heroine would evidently be a heroine’s journey. We know very little about her to begin with. She was never quite big enough for her downfall or rebirth to matter. For most of the movie, we watch instead her trip from being a “zeroine” to a “zeroine” in a mad, sad jungle.
Mainstream Bollywood movies surveying the film industry is a genre of its own. Of all recent movies of the lot, ironically Ram Gopal Varma’s Naach (2004) remains the most subtle; Zoya Akhtar’s Luck By Chance (2009), the most realistic; and Milan Luthria’s The Dirty Picture (2011), the most entertaining. This one is the most obvious.
Ratings:-. Reviewer: Kunal Guha Site: Yahoo
This is Kareena Kapoor’s first film post ‘Agent Vinod’. So even as her eyeliner bleeds in some of the high-voltage melodramatic scenes, she can’t go any lower than her previous release. Most actresses would kill for a central role like this to demonstrate everything that they have to offer in the acting department. But Kareena takes this opportunity, puts it in a brown paper bag, blows in it, seals the opening and slaps it for an optimal explosion. Arjun Rampal hasn’t managed so many expressions in any film before and his acting skills have surely gone from a 'chair' to a 'dressing table'. Randeep Hooda’s role is limited to a few courtship scenes with Kareena and can be deemed unobjectionable. Divya Dutta has carved a niche for herself and any role that requires shedding of morals for commercial gains will have her name on it.