Hero Movie Review: Fragile Story, Wacky Narrative

Hero Movie Review: Fragile Story, Wacky Narrative

Hero Review: Fragile History, Wacky Narrative

Movie: Hero
Evaluation: 2.25/5
Banner:
Amar Raja Media
To throw: Ashok Galla, Nidhhi Agerwal, Jagapathi Babu, Naresh, Vennela Kishore, Brahmaji, Satya and others.
Dialogue: AR Tagore & Kalyan Shankar
Music: Ghibran
Director of Photography: Sameer Reddy, Richard Prasad
Editor: PrawinPudi
Art: A Ramanjaneyulu
Producer: Padmavati Galla
Written and directed by: Sriram Aditya
Release date: January 15, 2022

Mahesh Babu’s nephew Ashok Galla made his debut with ‘Hero’, which hit theaters today.

Let’s find out if this new star has any promise.

Story:
Arjun (Ashok Galla) yearns to be a movie hero, but he can’t make it past the auditions. One day, his girlfriend Subbu (Nidhhi Agerwal) tells him that his hair has started to fall out and he needs to become a movie star as soon as possible.

He books hair oil products online, but receives a gun instead, due to an address mix-up. He also receives a photo asking him to kill that person. On the other hand, Subbu’s father (Jagapathi Babu) died against his relationship with Arjun. All this mixes up and turns Arjun’s life upside down.

Artists’ Performances:
Ashok Galla debuts with a role similar to his real life – an aspiring actor. It is designed specifically for him as it provides an opportunity to portray himself as the family actor of Maternal Grandfather Superstar Krishna and Mahesh Babu.

Nidhhi Agerwal is mistreated. Her role also lacks substance, and she doesn’t get much screen time or songs.

Satya, Vennela Kishore and Brahmaji offer clichéd laughs.

Jagapathi Babu gets a long role, which is completely different from what he has done so far. Ravi Kishan has no impact.

Technical Excellence:
One thing that stands out throughout the movie is the lavish production values. For a fragile story, the producer spent a lot of money.

Richard Prasad and Sameer Reddy’s cinematography is a valuable addition to the making of the film. But no care has been taken with the music.

The film has no songs at all (except for the remix number) in the second half. Ghibran gave some forgettable airs, but his background score is pretty decent.

Strong points:
Rich production values
Twists

Inconvenience:
Not serious approach
Pointless romantic thread
Drags on with a flimsy story
Above the best scenes

To analyse
“Hero”, as the title suggests, revolves around an aspiring actor. The film begins as a comedy, with some interesting sequences.

Ashok Galla is presented in a cowboy outfit, a tribute to Mahesh Babu’s “Takkari Donga”. Next, we see romantic scenes about Nidhhi and Ashok Galla, as well as footage of the hero going to various auditions. They provide moments of passage of time. Then comes the big turning point when the hero receives a gun through a package, turning the film into a thriller genre.

The first half of the film holds interest as it transitions effortlessly from comedy to romance to thriller.

But director Sriram Adittya, whose previous films also went the same way in mixing thriller elements with comedy, loses his grip on the narrative once the mystery of the weapon is unraveled. From there, the film becomes more of a parody than a thriller or comedy. Parodies can be funny but are long and repetitive.

Many scenes in the film border on stupidity. When Jagapathi Babu’s story twist is revealed, Naresh says, “inta ghoramaina flashback naa jeevithamlo vinaledu choodaledu”. That sums up how bad the twist is.

Director Sriram Adittya should have given consistency to his wacky ideas. This is a major drawback.

The film has some engaging moments in the first half and some hilarious situations. Also, a twist of Ajay’s role, Brahmaji’s comedy (a parody of “senior hero” and Boyapati), and some twists show Sriram Aditya’s clever writing style. But his penchant for trivializing everything for entertainment played against the soul of the story.

When the film is all about casting a child star, more sequences should have been written to showcase his talent, and better romantic sequences between the lead couple should have been added to connect with the current generation of audiences. Ashok Galla is the son of famous businessman Jay Galla and nephew of Mahesh Babu. For him, it may be a safe launch, but the film doesn’t highlight his strengths.

Overall, “Hero” is a mix of comedy, parody and action thriller. While some comedy parts worked, the film continues with a non-serious approach throughout.

At the end of the line : To mix together

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