2/5 – Movie review: ‘Heroine’ ,by MidDay
If it wasn’t for Madhur Bhandarkar, how would film-loving commoners like us learn about the film industry and its inner workings? You know, important us learn about the film industry and its inner workings?
You know, important things like how actresses have to woo superstar wives to be paired opposite their husbands or how their roles are edited out when they refuse to sleep with the leading man, or how actresses are such insecure, superficial and self-centred people and how they need nameless pills and cigarettes and drink to keep themselves sane.
The film also reveals how film reporters get paid international vacations just for printing a particular actress’ story regularly! (Wonder how that works!) But ‘Raaz 3’ is just three weeks old and another saga about women paranoid about losing their youth, glory and men to younger women is just one too many. Trust me.
First of all, too many men call women ‘babes’ in this film Actresses are also called ‘brainless’. And, that’s not the only annoying thing about ’Heroine’ The story abounds in film industry clichés and sexual stereotypes– it is about Mahi Arora, a superstar and drama queen with over-active tear ducts. Mahi fits all Bollywood actress stereotypes: she smokes and drinks heavily; she is secretly seeing Aryan Khanna (Arjun Rampal) a just-about-to-be divorced superstar.