Rating: 2.25 / 5
Banner: Amar Raja Media
Cast: Ashok Galla, Nidhhi Agerwal, Jagapathi Babu, Naresh, Vennela Kishore, Brahmaji, Satya, and others.
dialogue: AR Tagore & Kalyan Shankar
Director of Photography: Sameer Reddy, Richard Prasad
Art: In Ramanjaneyulu
Manufacturer: Padmavathi Galla
Written and directed by: Sriram Adittya
Issue date: January 15, 2022
Mahesh Babu’s cousin Ashok Galla debuted with “Hero”, which hit theaters today.
Let’s find out if this new star has any promise.
Arjun (Ashok Galla) aspires to become a movie hero, but he fails to go beyond auditions. One day, his girlfriend Subbu (Nidhhi Agerwal) tells him that his hair is starting to sag and he needs to become a movie star as soon as possible.
He books oil products online, but instead gets a gun, due to a mix of addresses. He also gets a photo asking him to kill that person. On the other hand, Subbu’s father (Jagapathi Babu) dies against her relationship with Arjun. All of this mixes 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 specifically for him, as it offers an opportunity to see himself as the actor from the family of maternal grandparents Superstar Krishna and Mahesh Babu.
Nidhhi Agerwal gets a rough deal. Also, her role has no substance, 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 makes no impact.
One thing that stands out in the film are lush production values. For a faint story, the producer has spent a lot of money.
Cinematography by Richard Prasad and Sameer Reddy is a valuable addition to the making of the film. But no care has been taken for music.
The movie has no songs (except remix number) in the second half. Ghibran has given forgotten tunes, but his background score is decent enough.
Rich production values
Twists and turns
Uninteresting romantic thread
Drag through with a cheerful story
About the top scenes
“Hero”, as the title suggests, revolves around a wannabe actor. The film begins as a comedy, with some interesting sequences.
Ashok Galla is introduced in a cowboy getup, a tribute to Mahesh Babu’s ‘Takkari Donga’. Then we get to see romantic scenes about Nidhhi and Ashok Galla, along with the sequences of the hero who goes to various auditions. They give time-pass moments. Then comes the big turn when the hero receives a gun through a package, and switches the movie into a thriller genre.
The first half of the film holds the interest as it effortlessly shifts from comedy to romantic film to a thriller.
But director Sriram Adittya, whose previous films also went in a similar way by mixing thriller elements with comedy, loses his grip on the story when the mystery about the gun is discovered. From here, the movie becomes more of a spoof than a thriller or comedy. The spoofs can provide a laugh, but are long and repetitive.
Many scenes in the film border on folly. When the twist in the story of Jagapathi Babu is revealed, Naresh says, “inta ghoramaina flashback naa jeevithamlo vinaledu choodaledu”. That sums up how bad the twist is.
Director Sriram Adittya should give coherence to his crazy ideas. That’s a big downside.
The film has some captivating moments in the first half and hilarious situations. Also a twist to the role of Ajay, the comedy of Brahmaji (a spoof on ‘senior hero’ and Boyapati), and a few twists show the style of clever writing of Sriram Aditya. But his tendency to trivialize everything for the sake of entertainment has worked against the soul of the story.
If the film is all about launching a star child, more sequences should be written to showcase his talent, and better romantic sequences between the main couple should be added to connect with the current generation of audiences. Ashok Galla is the son of famous businessman Jay Galla and cousin of Mahesh Babu. For him, it may be a safe launch, but the film does not highlight its strengths.
All in all, “Hero” is a mix of comedy, parody and action thriller. While some comedy parts have worked out, the film continues with a non-serious approach.
Bottom line: Mix up
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