Review: Heropanti


Rising from present India in the conflicting era of shining modernity and deep-rooted archaic traditions in the era of big city versus small towns, Heropanti is a love story sealed with an impossible fate. Set in Haryana, the movie tells the story of the bold Bablu (Tiger Shroff) and the bratty Dimpy (Kriti Sanon). It is the story of today’s youth, and the coming of age of its conflicting protagonists. A quintessential Bollywood romance, where lovers have to fight the society, angry uncles and dominating fathers, who give love a bad name, to win over their ladylove.

Tiger Shroff is earnest in his debut, but he’s got a long way to go before winning the applause. His somersaults are impressive, no doubt, but not enough to captivate the audience. He’s got a body like Salman, and insists of flashing his abs often, and twists his body in strange dance moves much like Hrithik. Whether jumping from building to building or wooing the girl with corny courtship lines, there is an easy-going unflappable attitude to this debutant’s persona, as though to say, there is much more to the film than just flamboyant machismo.

The film offers little to Kriti Sanon by way of acting. Within her confines, she plays her part perfectly – looking beautiful and insists on letting her body do much of the work.

Despite a very sketchy character, actor Prakash Raj manages to bring out the anguish of a father torn between traditions and love for his daughters. He plays the villain you want to kill as well as the father you just want to hug, and keep for life.

In many way, the movie is a take off on Maine Pyar Kiya and Dilwale Dulhaniya le Jayenge. Director Sabbir’s narrative is linear and very predictable. What’s truly brilliant is Tiger’s masterful execution of action choreography. Well-traine in gymnastics and martial arts, Tiger fills the action hero slot that had been lying vacant for a while now.

Sajid – Wajid composed music of Heropanti isn’t extraordinary but it has quite a few songs which are worth hearing. Whistle baja, Tere binaa and Raat bhar standout of the rest. However, the background score of the Hero-ic whistle seems overdone after a point.

Heropanti is just an average film in the sense that it could at least be watched till the end! The movie has a lot to do with Tiger Shroff’s herogiri than him acting – ‘kya karu sab ko aati nahi aur meri jaati nahi’!