Hero Movie Review: Thin Story, Crazy Narration

Movie: Hero
Rating: 2.25/5
Amar Raja Media
Form: 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: Padmavathi Galla
Written and directed by: Sriram Aditya
Publication date: January 15, 2022

Mahesh Babu’s cousin Ashok Galla debuted with “Hero”, which hits theaters today.

Let’s see if this new star holds any promise.

Arjun (Ashok Galla) wants to be a movie hero, but he never gets past auditions. One day, his girlfriend Subbu (Nidhhi Agerwal) tells him that his hair is starting to fall back and that he needs to become a movie star as soon as possible.

He books hair oil products online, but gets a gun due to a mix-up of addresses. He also receives a photo asking him to kill that person. On the other hand, Subbu’s father (Jagapathi Babu) is dead against her relationship with Arjun. This all comes together and turns Arjun’s life upside down.

Performances by artists:
Ashok Galla makes his debut with a role that resembles his real life: an aspiring actor. It was designed especially for him as it offers the opportunity to showcase himself as the actor from the family of the maternal grandfather, Superstar Krishna and Mahesh Babu.

Nidhhi Agerwal gets a rough deal. Her role has no substance either, nor does she get a lot of screen time or songs.

Satya, Vennela Kishore and Brahmaji provide some clichéd laughs.

Jagapathi Babu gets a long role, which is completely different from what he has done so far. Ravi Kishan doesn’t impress.

Technical excellence:
One thing that stands out throughout the film is the lavish production values. The producer has spent a lot of money for a weak story.

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

The movie has no songs at all (except remix track) in the second half. Ghibran has given forgettable tunes, but his background score is decent enough.

Rich production values
Twists and turns

Non-serious approach
Uninteresting romantic thread
Carry on with a weak story
Over the top scenes

“Hero”, as the title suggests, revolves around a wannabe actor. The film starts out as a comedy, with some interesting sequences.

Ashok Galla is introduced in a cowboy costume, a tribute to Mahesh Babu’s ‘Takkari Donga’. Then we get to see romantic scenes on Nidhhi and Ashok Galla along with the sequences of the hero going to different auditions. They provide time-pass moments. Then the big twist comes when the hero receives a gun via a package, turning the movie into a thriller genre.

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

But director Sriram Adittya, whose previous films also went in a similar fashion mixing thriller elements with comedy, loses his grip on the story once the mystery surrounding the gun unfolds. From here on, the film turns into more of a parody than a thriller or comedy. The spoofs can bring a laugh, but are long and repetitive.

Many scenes in the film border on foolishness. When the twist in Jagapathi Babu’s story 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 coherence to his wacky ideas. That’s a big drawback.

The film has some compelling moments in the first half and hilarious situations. Also a twist on the role of Ajay, Brahmaji’s comedy (a parody of ‘senior hero’ and Boyapati), and a few twists show Sriram Aditya’s clever writing style. But his tendency to downplay everything for the sake of entertainment has thwarted the soul of the story.

If the movie is about launching a star child, more sequences should have been written to showcase his talent, and better romantic sequences should have been added between the main couple to engage with the current generation of audiences. Ashok Galla is the son of the famous businessman Jay Galla and cousin of Mahesh Babu. It may be a safe launch for him, but the film doesn’t highlight its strengths.

All in all, “Hero” is a mix of comedy, parody and action thriller. While some comedic parts succeeded, the film continues with a non-serious approach.

Briefly: Confuse

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