Heroine Movie Review

Heroine (Hindi)

Release Date:
September 21, 2012

The film is based on the life and times of a superstar heroine from the dream factory we call 'Bollywood'. The film is an entertaining, daring, emotional, shocking, glamorous, scandalous behind the scenes account of the reality behind the world of glitz and glamour that our film stars inhabit. For a country obsessed with films and film stars, Heroine will take audiences on a voyeuristic journey to see what really goes on behind the closed doors of make up rooms and vanity vans. It will give them a chance to go beyond the gorgeous smiles and politically correct quotes, to see what really happens in the lives of India 's sweethearts - The sniping & the politics, the secrets & the lies, the incredible highs of fame & the lonely depths of failure

The film is based on the life and times of a superstar heroine from the dream factory we call 'Bollywood'. The film is an... Show More

Madhur Bhandarkar’s latest thesis mounted on the points that fame is a terrible thing that slowly eats up your soul, journalists are unprincipled scum, privileged people smoke non-stop and drink non-stop and have casual sex non-stop, city people are generally evil, and gay men have limp wrists

The Hindu

Heroine doesn’t even deliver the frisson of a good Stardust story. It’s limp and, more incredibly, boring.

Hindustan Times

Despite an entertaining first half, thanks to all the unintentional laughs, Heroine slips into a slush of melodrama post interval. By this point, it feels interminably long and boring

Same old jibes, insecurities, conflicts, threats and scandals

It is a surface, shallow peep into the glamour world, offers no new insights than what we already know

It remains a string of drab cliches, despite a strong performance from leading lady Kareena Kapoor

Indian Express

The problem with Heroine is the film banks on a weak script. At a runtime of about two-and-half hours Heroine looks like a long-drawn boring affair.

The characters are all caricatured and the screenplay meanders along aimlessly, it being nothing more than an assemblage of scenes - each disjointed from the other - strung together in a long, sleep-inducing and pointless narrative

Kapoor acquits herself admirably. Unfortunately the sheer mediocrity surrounding her - with everyone in spoof mode, especially the dialogue writers - never lets us feel for her character in what turns out to be a grotesquely long film.


Heroine is a damp squib

Perhaps Madhur Bhandarkar could show more heroism in pushing ahead the boundaries he himself defined with his past repertoire of work. Till then make do with Heroine!

Times of India

Madhur’s research and writing of his characters falters and this contemporary Bollywood heroine’s life is just dull and contrived with clichés regurgitated to further a weak screenplay


Somehow, the more he attempts to shock us, the flatter Bhandarkar falls


Heroine is nothing but a rehashed version of Madhur's earlier movies and clearly a disappointing affair.


Heroine would have been crisper had it not digressed to cover every Bollywood insider account

Times of India

Heroine is drably monotonous, its insights are shallow, most of the characters are caricatures and the lines that they speak border on the corny, if not on the outright ridiculous

Watch Heroine for Madhur's imposing direction, for Kareena's superlative performance, watch it also for its fearless, inspiring and enlightening storyline divulging the scandalous realities of the movie industry