The only thing heroic about this formulaic, Bollywood romantic extravaganza is the time spent waiting for the conclusion; two newcomers, Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty play star-crossed lovers in a remake of Subhash Ghai’s 1983 version of the same title; once was sufficient, but Salman Khan (producer) feels “imitation” is the highest form of flattery and commerce; seasoned audiences will disagree.
“Sooraj” (Pancholi) and “Rhada” (Shetty) are buffed and glisten pungently; penetrating, lustful glances seal their instant chemistry; but he is gangster, following in the tradition of his mendicant father and she is the pouty-faced, airhead daughter of the police chief; sound tediously familiar? For the next 2&1/2 hours we’re privy to predictable Bollywood dances, covering a multitude of landscapes and courtier-changes, a kidnapping, jail breaks, family feuds (not as redolent as the Capulets and Montagues, nor as deadly) but tiresome nonetheless.
After recent “winners” from the Bollywood genre (“Bajrangi Bhaijaan” Slaman Khan scores huge; “Phantom”, previously reviewed) “Hero” is just another pedestrian attempt to capitalize on a ubiquitously stale scenario.
ONE & 1/2 STARS!