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Heroes Review

Review by IndiaGlitz [ Friday, October 24, 2008 • Hindi ]
Heroes Review
Cast:
Salman Khan,Sunny Deol,Bobby Deol,Mithun Chakraborty,Preity Zinta,Sohail Khan,Vatsal Sheth,Dino Morea,Amrita Arora,Riya Sen
Direction:
Samir Karnik

Indeed, if you know filmmaker Samir Karnik's work - early and later titles like 'Kyon Ho Gaya Na' and 'Nanhe Jaisalmer', you may find yourself watching his recent movie, 'HEROES' surmounting your expectations. Obviously, his earlier directorial were merely dashing down everyone's hopes and how about this one? It's a fantabulous piece of work churned by Samir Karnik and it's worthy to be ennobled as one of the year's best film.  Well, for those who ever thought that 'Heroes' is a flick centering on Jawans of Country's borders breathing their last for saving Nation from clutches of rivalries, there's a surprise element awaited.

Naturally, possibilities are sure to have evoked your quotients of assumptions after watching the promos that it's a film of war genre. Hats off to the auteur for he doesn't beat the same bush as 'Border' or 'LoC Kargil' and you don't even see a sequence moving across these panoramas. Merely, it has the gripping substance, 'You needn't be a soldier to love your Country'. Indubitably, your chests are certainly to be filled with emotions and patriotisms even after the show is over.

The film seems to be carrying partial traces of Walter Salles's 'Motorcycle Diaries' (a film based on life of Argentina's Ernesto Che Guevara).  Sometimes it takes only a moment to bring about a big change. One experience can transform you forever. One journey can set you on a path that you will follow all your life. Heroes is the story of one such journey.

Sammy (Sohail Khan) and Ali (Vatsal Seth) are childhood friends. They have taken joint decisions in life, right from choosing a school to taking up a career. Even though they are not like-minded, they are together because they rely heavily on each other - two bodies, one soul. Sammy is an eccentric boy, high-spirited and has an uncanny knack of finding humor in the weirdest of situations. He's generous, compassionate yet impulsive. He is like a kid who needs to fall to learn how to walk. Ali on the other hand is quieter and more mature. 

'Heroes' is the story of these two boys who travel a thousand miles to deliver three letters as a part of their film school assignment. But little do they know that the journey they have embarked upon will give a new meaning to their life. They discover the power within themselves to change lives and events that are of importance. Heroes emphasizes on the simple experiences that can awaken feelings of patriotism. A fun road trip for two boys and a series of experiences that finite emotions that have never been experienced before, this is the underlying crux of the film.

The film goes inclusive of three different chapters as young lads meet three families pitiably bounced with demise of their beloved ones in war. First, they meet a widow (Preity Zinta) in deep village of Punjab, who lost her husband Balkar Singh (Salman Khan) during war. The flashback reveals a beautiful love story between both of them and the pain possessed by her.

Next person they meet is a disenabled ex-air force officer Vikram Shergill (Sunny Deol) in Himachal who is boozed up all the time. He narrates the life of his brother Dhananjay (Bobby Deol) and his death in war. An attribute that gets you more adhered is about brotherly bonding between them. Well, that's not an end; you have lots and lots that'll get you enthralled with this chapter.

Finally, the letter is delivered to a despaired father (Mithun Chakraborty) who has lost his son Sahil Nagvi (Dino Morea) in the war. Over here, there's something a bit missing that lets us down. Nevertheless, the emotional quotients diminish those factors keeping the pace moderately gripped up.

Hats off to Director Samir Karnik! An awesome flick. It enhances the emotional and patriotic feel amongst all the audiences. A smart way of storytelling precisely presents the film fantastically. How about negative traits? Fine! It doesn't carry much apart from lengthy flashbacks with bits 'n' pieces of flaws in third chapter (Mithun, Dino).

The actors meet the film's challenges every step of the way. Sohail Khan brims up with over-the-top performance on humor as well emotionally in the latter parts. Preity Zinta steals the show with her mind blowing gestures and trenchant style of uttering Punjabi. Salman strides outstandingly and his looks of Singh is cool. Sunny Deol grabs your attentions with his profound on performance. Well Bobby carries off the same credits and it would have been nice if his portion was elongated.  Dino Morea and Vatsal Seth don't exceed your expectations and their performance is simply mediocre. Amrita Arora and Ria Sen have nothing more to perform before the lens.

Nothing to blame on technical aspects: Different backdrops of exotic locations have been fabulously canned by Binod Pradhan and Gopal Shah. Be it songs (especially 'Mannata' and 'Makhana') and background score, Sajid-Wajid sway enhancing the top-notched quality of film.

'Heroes' - A film that'll get your senses brimmed up emotionally and sure to be liked by all. Of course, the film reaches the tops the chart prior to other releases hitting screens for Diwali.

Verdict: Don't miss it. Strongly Recommended

Rating : ****

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