What is it all about?
What to say when you get inspired from a hollywood movie named 'Awake' which demanded an ICU treatment around seven years back when it got released for your debut as a director with wife as producer and son as the lead actor...it makes you speechless.
Shekhar Suman directorial debut 'Heartless' inspired from a miserable Hollywood flick 'Awake' is spineless in its Indian avatar and has nothing to boost of as a film but ironically it's a 2+ hours anesthesia for those who are struggling to sleep.
Millionaire Aditya (Adhyayan Suman) meets Riya (Ariana Ayam) in Dubai during his business visits and immediately falls in love with her. Aditya protective mother Gayatri (Deepti Naval) wants him to undergo a heart transplant overcome his serious heart problems.
Gayatri gets a donor and wants the best heart surgeon and her admirer Dr Trehan (Om Puri) to do the operation but Aditya has other plans he insist on his friend and well wisher Sam (Shekhar Suman) to do the operation and succeeds in convincing his mother.
Aditya during the operation gets a wrong dose of anesthesia feels till his neck and is an unwanted witness to the entire 'game' of the operation happening around him...
What to look out for
How a miserable foreign film gets glorified for reasons better known to them. It's like bringing a hopeless patient from one country to another expecting a miracle. Well such positivism deserves an applause. The performances by Adhyayan, Deepti, Shekhar and Om are honest and new find Ariana Ayam is pretty. Technicalities are fine. Production values are top rated.
Showing no improvement in its Indian operation Shekhar Suman directorial debut is forgettable and has nothing to offer. Feeble, lazy, weak narration, no spine chilling moments, uninspired writing. It's such a waste.
Conclusion: Shekahr Suman in its directorial debut 'Heartless' does maintain the miserable status of its Hollywood inspiration 'Awake' and takes proper care that no feather whatsoever is gained in its Bollywoodisation. Well a wise man once said 'It's easy to improvise and tough to maintain'.
Rating *and 1/2