Had this movie been made in the 80s or 90s it might have worked, oh it was made in the 80s and with a better cast. If only people could get creative and had worked hard.
Remake is not a new phenomenon, it has been happening in the west as well as in Bollywood for a while. However remakes have to be adopted keeping in mind the current generations and contemporary sensibilities. Hero fails miserably in the adoption process since the story is pretty much kept the same and that rich girl poor guy and angry parents doesn’t work now.
Hero launches two star kids in the industry and tries to be a perfect platform one can ask for. There are ample fight and workout scenes for the boy and quite a few dance and pout sequences for the girl. But wish the newbies had got enough training in the acting department too.
The story is same as the old hero where in a do-gooder goon kidnaps the daughter of a police commissioner in order to provide the bigger don leverage. The girl falls in love with her captor and then begins a saga of parental disapproval combined with the wannabe ‘shareef’ goon, mixed with the entry of a new villain.
We all know how it culminates and this sounds so 90s that it is difficult to imagine this movie in the current times. The music which was the highlight of the Subhash Ghai movie that the songs can still be heard today and can feel fresh, but this movie has such a forgettable sound track that you just wish that the songs should also have been just remixed. Despite the fact that the supporting cast boasts of some powerful actors like Tigmanshu Dhulia, they all feel a bit miscast in the movie.
The dialogues are lame too. Having said all that I will still not write off Suraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty as both the newcomers may not have received the proper guidance as of now but could still prove to have good potential.
Suraj has a good screen presence and he can dance well too. He has done well in the action sequences, he needs to work on the dialogue delivery and emotional scenes.
Athiya on the other hand may not be considered conventional Bollywood beauty but has a potential to take up some unconventional roles which may not be a difficult thing looking at the current transition of Bollywood cinema.
This failure is purely of producer Salman Khan and director Nikhil Advani, they could not do justice to these kids and they do owe them another chance.