Niranjan Iyengar talks to Filmfare about the positives and negatives of the movie Heroine
One of the most awaited and hyped film of the year 2012 was 'Heroine'. People awaited eagerly for the film to release and all the dark secrets of the film business to be revealed. However when the film released, it was a huge let-down to most people as the film reviews mentioned it to be dark, uninteresting, and with what seemed to be a very confused Heroine depicted to the best of her ability by Kareena Kapoor.
Though the critics slammed the film, Madhur stood by his film and justified it as best as he could.
He supports Madhur by hinting that the critics were a tad unfair. "Heroine got both negative and positive feedback. One part of it comprised of the aam junta who gave a lukewarm response to the film. The other feedback was that from the critics. I read all the reviews, just as an exercise. And I realised critics essentially make a living out of analysing a film. They criticised Madhur Bhandarkar for being stereotypical, dark and not understanding the world he depicted. I’m not denying their criticism or justifying my stance. But critics too review every film with the same yardstick. Their reviews are stereotypical. They accuse Madhur of not knowing the world he’s exploring. But none of them seem to know anything about filmmaking either. None of these debates would have come forth if the film had made 100 crores. In the past we’ve seen critics stop blasting films because the box-office collections spoke louder."
However he also admits there was room for improvement. He says, "In the second half, when Arjun Rampal’s character comes back into Mahi’s life, we could’ve shown how her insecurities subdued till they resurfaced later. I discussed this with Madhur but he wanted the film his way, which is absolutely fair. If I could, I would’ve added brightness to Heroine. I kept telling Madhur that the movie should not be so dark but ultimately he’s the director of the film and it’s his story."