There's nothing honourable about honour killing. But by jove, it makes for a terrific story specially when the intention is to weave a genial love story around a serious issue.
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.
The narrative is structured with ample room for conventional elements of formula filmmaking to spill over without causing an excessive deluge of distractions. While the first movement of the plot is baggy and limp around the edges with some of the intended humorous encounters between Babloo and the chirpy Dimpy (she's the sister of an eloped girl from a conservative family all set to encore the family's disgrace) falling flat on the face, the second moment packs in a rock-solid punch. And I do mean that, literally.
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.
As the plot progresses and we see Tiger's character blend almost miraculously into the girl's hostile family, we realize how cleverly writer Sanjeev Dutta has subverted the "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" plot.
Prakash Raj taking up Amrish Puri's position in the tale of forbidden love is outstanding in interpreting the bride's father's possessive rage and gradual melt-down. He provides a very capable support system to Tiger's launch missile. Make no mistake.
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.
Kriti Sanon is perky and sufficiently spontaneous for her first film. I had a problem with her dangerously low-waist ghagras which just didn't go with her ultra-conservative family life where voluntary marriages are punishable with death. But a refreshing lack of innuendos in the courtship rituals makes the heroine's naval-view bearably aesthetic.
"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.
Veteran actor Jackie Shroff gets concerned at times about the risks that his action hero son Tiger Shroff takes for the big screen, but he says he is confident about him and his talent.Tiger has been receiving rave reviews about his action sequences in all his films like "Heropanti", "Baaghi", "Munna Michael" and "Baaghi 2"."As a father, I get worried because he does all the action by himself, risking his body. But I do not stop him, I do not discourage him to do that. I am concerned, but confident about Tiger," Jackie told IANS.Tiger joined the industry after consistent training in martial arts.Read MoreKriti wants to work with Tiger Shroff again
Actress Kriti Sanon, who made her debut opposite Tiger Shroff in "Heropanti", says she is proud of him and wants to work with him again."Heropanti", which released in 2014, introduced Tiger as well as Kriti.Asked whether she wishes to be part of "Baaghi 3", she said: "I am really not a person you should ask but I definitely want to work with Tiger again as it has been quite a long gap... There should be something made like 'Heropanti 2'."Read More