There was a lot of hoopla around Sajid Nadiadwala’s Heropanti starring Jackie Shroff’s son Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon.Page 3 Nashik reviews the Friday release of this week – ‘Heropanti’ , Directed by Sabbir Khan, the film is a remake of Telugu film Parugu. In parts, reminiscent of Priyadarshan’s “Rangrezz”, “Heropanti” is an unabashedly straight and schmaltzy launchpad for Tiger Shroff. And he excels in every department. The narrative gets to the point straight away with conversational elan. It’s a gaudy bustling wedding in Haryana where we meet a family of unapologetic ruffians posing as aristocrats. Director Sabbir Khan, whose debut film “Kambakkht Ishq” gave a new definition to designer-filmmaking, is far more in control of his plot this time. He yanks his city-bred protagonist Babloo (yup, that’s the name our debutant hero is anointed with) out of the gym straight into the rugged hinterland of Haryana where elopement is a dirty word.
Finally Tiger Shroff’s debut film Heropanti is out and so far its like a typical Bollywood masala film. 15 minutes into the movie and you get to see Tiger in action mode. And the young lad is indeed good at it. Newbie Kriti Sanon looks beautiful and has played her part well so far. Kriti Sanon is surprisingly quite a show stealer in a film that is below mediocre. There is Prakash Raj in the film and he is once again playing a baddie.
Tiger Shroff may look like a soft gentle romantic hero. But when push comes to shove(as it often does in the gun-toting badland), he delivers a mean punch. 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 on-screen persona, as though to say, there is much more to the movies than just flamboyant machismo.
The story is set in Jattland where the local don Chaudhary (Prakash Raj) is having a pompous wedding for his elder daughter Renu (Sandeepa Dhar). On the night of the wedding Renu elopes with her boyfriend Rakesh, resulting in a frantic search for her across the village. The goons gauge that Ra?kesh’s friends might have helped him in it and they are promptly picked up by them. After a massive search, the goons manage to find Bablu (Tiger) who is the real one helping Rakesh and Renu. Tiger, meanwhile in captivity, tells his friends about his love i nterest. As luck would have it, the love interest is none other than Chaudhury’s younger daughter Dimpy (Kriti Sanon). Not only is this film about how Dimpy and Tiger’s love story end up in the iconic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge style but also about altering the moral stands of the men of Jattland who look upon women as cattle. This is Tiger’s big ticket debut. And boy, does this Tiger burn bright! He emotes, he dances and yes, he can fight. Tiger shares a good chemistry with his cute co-star Kriti Sanon. Director Sabbir Khan gives the all-rounder hero a curvaceous storyline to peg his skills. With four good songs in a row, Heropanti’s music is pretty much a paisa vasool experience already. So, though you may be taken aback by the title of Manju Musik Raftaar‘s next offeringThe Pappi Song, you would like to hear it.
“Heropanti” is a full-on ‘paisa vasool’ Sajid Nadiadwala entertainer. It doesn’t quite measure up to the requirements of the theme of honour killing that it so valiantly puts forward. But as a masala entertainer, that has more to say than one would expect from a film of this nature, “Heropanti” gets its fundas right.