Movie Review: Heroine (2012)
Madhur Bhandarkar is eminently regarded for delving into the detailing of varied subjects, be it the gritty life of bar girls [CHANDNI BAR], the socialites and media persons [PAGE 3], the corporate czars [CORPORATE], the people hanging around a traffic signal [TRAFFIC SIGNAL] or the glitzy fashion industry [FASHION]. His movies are in a league of their own. His latest work, HEROINE, orbits around the journey of an actress, the glamour and glitz surrounding her career and the dark side of fame and eminence. Madhur is famed for presenting facts of various subject matters as if he were a man from within the fraternity. In this case, yes, he’s an insider and knows accurately how the movie industry operates.
But first things first! The query that continues to consume cineastes ever since Madhur announced the film is, whether or not HEROINE is an extension of FASHION? FASHION itself was alleged to be an extension of PAGE 3, which was based on the lives of socialites, actors, models and members of the media. Sure, HEROINE, like FASHION, envisages the voyage of a woman [an actress here] and the different phases of glory and stardom. Also, like FASHION, there’s a gloomy side too thanks to the desperate battle to stay put at the zenith.
Mahi [Kareena Kapoor] was a Superstar in every sense of the word. She was beautiful, famous, successful and affluent. Unfortunately, Mahi’s inner world was in direct contrast to her outer life. She was prone to intense mood swings, was insecure, unsure and lonely. Mahi’s only source of happiness was the all-consuming love for the reigning superstar [Arjun Rampal]. Mahi, unmindful of her career, was only focused on somehow getting her love requited and in her attempt to do that begins a journey spiraling downwards. Her career, her sanity and her life all at once go through a spinning twist.