Heroine: Not another of Bhandarkar's realistic films
Posted on: 08:54 AM IST Sep 22, 2012
New Delhi: Normally, Madhur Bhandarkar is perceived as a filmmaker who tries to remain close to the apparent reality; however this strategy doesnt work all the time. The style that Madhur has adopted since Chandni Bar (Trishakti is a forgettable film), has so far worked for him, except in Aan and Jail. His fundamental idea seems simple, read newspapers carefully and turn those events into celluloid moments. Heroine also features the same mantra and thus there are some doubts in considering it as a biopic or rather the true story of the film industry.
The level of insecurity is definitely high in Bollywood, we have seen weird things happening in the past including a certain heroine pouring wine on her husbands ex-wife, but showcasing such incidents doesnt make Heroine a biopic. Its not like that Bollywood has made better biopics in the past but still Heroine fails to touch The Dirty Picture and Paan Singh Tomar. Making a biopic is not an easy deal; the director has to be a good content editor also, otherwise one gets tempted to put in all the incidents which can surprise the audiences irrespective of the fact whether they are part of the main story line or not. Despite a predictable end, The Dirty Picture remained true to the basic and known story of Southern starlet Silk Smitha, Paan Singh Tomar was presented in a very non-spicy way, but heroine focussed more on the glamour side than the actual factors leading to the loneliness of the film stars.Leave aside what we saw in Chaplin or The Aviator, even Indian biopics such as Bose-The Forgotten Story or Gandhi My Father seemed reluctant in being too frivolous, and mind you these films were made with commercial angle.The most impressive thing in Heroine was the attempted objectivity with which Madhur Bhandarkar chronicled the incidents; he didnt blame anyone for the misfortune of Mahi Arora (Kareena Kapoor) apart from Abbas Khan (Sanjay Suri), who seemed to be taking some kind of personal revenge. But, this objectivity gets invisible towards the climax, Heroine finds it difficult to match up to Bhandarkars own standards that he has set in the past. The film opens at a melodramatic high point but soon gets reduced to a psychologically disturbed womans rant against the unjust male dominated film world. Heroine might not be essentially a biopic but the incidents gathered from here and there presented the Hindi film industry in dim light. Digs at actors who go to reality shows or adoption centers hampered the real essence of Heroine. A fantastic opening credit promises a lot but somehow the whole story summarizes in a dialogue from the film only, Tum star ho, actor ban ne ki koi zaroorat nahi hai, (Youre a star, dont try to be an actor).In the end, we may not give Bhandarkar the credit of being too realistic this time, but he should be praised for at least trying to find a solution that his heroine discovers in the end.####