About Movie:-After his incredible run of women-centric films from Chandni Bar, Page 3, Satta and Corporate to the blockbuster Fashion , produced by UTV, Madhur Bhandarkar now turns his lens inward and presents his most ambitious work yet – HEROINE.
The film is based on the life and times of a superstar heroine from the dream factory we call 'Bollywood'. The film is an entertaining, daring, emotional, shocking, glamorous, scandalous behind-the-scenes account of the reality behind the world of glitz and glamour that our film stars inhabit. For a country obsessed with films and film stars, HEROINE will take audiences on a voyeuristic journey to see what really goes on behind the closed doors of make up rooms and vanity vans. It will give them a chance to go beyond the gorgeous smiles and politically correct quotes, to see what really happens in the lives of India's sweethearts - The sniping & the politics, the secrets & the lies, the incredible highs of fame & the lonely depths of failure. Bhandarkar was toying with the idea of making a movie portraying the lives of movie actresses. He had even bought the rights for using the title Heroine for his movie from Guddu Dhanoa
The movie shows that the lead protagonist gets into a relationship with a married actor and a portion of the movie shows the actress’s relationship with the children of the actor from his first marriage.
Movie Review:- Kapoor's Mahi Arora is an emotionally fraught girl from a small town and a broken family, which is apparently enough to make her stand out in Bollywood. She's having an affair with married actor Aryan Khanna, more restrained than ever and frequently looking justifiably exasperated) on the verge of a divorce, while fending off rivals scheming for her A-list slot. (One of these pretenders sics her boyfriend onto a bisexual industrialist in order to nab a jewellery endorsement contract. Okay then.)
Mahi downs bourbon by the gallon as her career nosedives, and despite the master manipulations of a Public Relations shark Divya Dutta and the affection of a namby-pamby cricketer hopelessly besotted by her (Randeep Hooda at his most woeful and blubbery) she continues to spiral down into HasBeen-land.
Bravely, she tries to do an art-film with a 'realistic filmmaker' (Ranbir Shorey in a hilariously indignant role) and briefly lets her hair down (nudgenudgewinkwink) with an arty actress (played by, surprise, arty actress Shahana Goswami but regrets it immediately after. Having cast Goswami's bosom for the film, the filmmakers fail to give the solid actress who comes with it anything interesting to do, besides furtively and shamefacedly deny being a lesbian. Groan.
Direction, Performance and Music:- Madhur Bhandarkar may try and claim his stories to be “real” every time, but this time the writer-director is downright lazy. Most predictable plot trajectory but is also saddled with the most vexing cliches possible. Bebo's neurotic portrayal of Mahi Arora is not all bad. But if this one was an acid test for her abilities as an actor, she is yet to prove her craft. Niranjan Iyengar’s dialogues are alright though the ones like “Manipulate karo ya ho jao” doesn’t really certify his ingenuity.
Overall:- The film may be a one-time watch. But if you expected too much out of the film, it may not be worth the anticipation and your money.