Hero Movie Review
Sivakarthikeyan ,Raghavan ,Abhay Deol ,Arjun ,Kalyani Priyadarshan,Ivana ,Shyam Krishnan,Robo Shankar ,Elango Kumaravel ,Azhagam Perumal ,Ray Paul ,Nithyaraj etc.
Directer – P. S. Mithran,Producer – Kotapadi J. Rajesh,T. Ezhumalaiyan,Writtet – P. S. Mithran,M. R. Pon Parthiban
Savari Muthu,Antony Bhagyaraj,Music – Yuvan Shankar Raja,Cinematography – George C. Williams ,Editer –Ruben ,Production company – KJR Studios, P R O – Suresh Chandra,Rekha Done.
Sakthivel “Sakthi” is a young boy who dreams of becoming a superhero, like Shaktimaan. After being ridiculed by his teacher and classmates for believing Shaktimaan is real, Sakthi tries to prove it by falling off the terrace of his school, injuring himself in the process. His father (Azhagam Perumal) tries to convince Sakthi that Shaktimaan is fictional by showing the disclaimer of actor Mukesh Khanna advising viewers that the events depicted in the show are purely fictitious, causing Sakthi to abandon his hopes of becoming a superhero.Years later, Sakthi (Sivakarthik eyan) and Inbaraj “Ink” (Robo Shankar) are friends who earn their livelihood as educational brokers and run a xerox shop in their neighbourhood that houses a certificate forgery unit to help the needy secure their desired jobs at the expense of huge commissions. He bumps across Meera (Kalyani Priyadarshan), a social worker at an educational fair and falls in love with her.
Meera happens to be the inspiration of Mathi (Ivana), a brilliant girl who aspires to become an engineer. Mathi devi ses an engine that runs on salt water as a measure to help her father (Elango Kumaravel) and many other thwart the problem of rising petrol prices. Meera soon learns of Sakthi’s true profession and advises him to help Mathi secure an admission in an engineering college without any payment. Sakthi tries to secure an admission for Mathi, but to no avail. He learns that the only way to help Mathi secure a seat is to demonstrate the practical applications of her engine, which is rejected by Sathyamoorthy (Arjun), Mathi’s teacher who runs a school for the academically weak but brilliant children. Sakthi bypasses his warnings and demonstrates the engine at an educational fair by attaching it to an autorickshaw. This attracts the attention of the henchman of Mahadev (Abhay Deol), in turn he promises a seat for Mathi with full scholarship. The next day, the autorickshaw is seized by the police and Mathi is arrested on grounds of patent violation.
The court convicts her guilty of the charges, which distraughts her and she attempts suicide by falling off a running train. Sakthi takes her to the hospital, only for the doctors to delay her treatment and she eventually succumbs to her injuries. Sakthi and Ink are also convicted guilty and are placed on the wanted list for aiding Madhi.Sakthi, on the run, decides that the only way to avenge Mathi’s death and prove her innocence is to confront the company iss uing the patents. Due to his experience in forging certificates, he easily fishes out the fact that the patent was fo rged by the company under Mahadev’s orders but is attacked in the process, when he is rescued by Sathya moorthy wearing a mask. Sathyamoorthy explains to him that Mahadev is a corrupt business tycoon whose aim is to wipe out innovation in work culture. He also subdues brilliant students and subjects them to lobotomy, rendering their frontal cortex unusable, therefore reducing them to his “puppets”.
He uses their innovations to sell them to foreign companies and earn profits. Sathyamoorthy, being an advocate of innovation, secretly nurtures such children away from Mahadev in his school. Sakthi decides to fight the sy ste m along with Sathyamoorthy and the children, donning the mantle of the “Mask.” Using the gadgets deve loped by the children and Sathyamoorthy’s training, Sakthi fights through Mahadev’s henchmen and event ually learns the truth. Sathyamoorthy sacrifices himself in the struggle, prompting Sakthi to telecast the innovative inventi ons of students and explaining to the audience that children should be given freedom to follow their passion and not be just mere bookworms. In the final fight, Mahadev’s plans are foiled and Sakthi subjects him to lobotomy, disabling him permanently. Six months later, Sakthi, while still on the wanted list, runs the school along with Me era on the outskirts of the city. A police officer (Prem) approaches him and takes him in his jeep around the cit y, where Sakthi finds major developments in the city due to the innovations of Mathi and other brilliant stude nts. The officer tosses away the documents relating to Sakthi’s charges as he had opened his eyes about his child’s dr eams, and requests Sakthi to continue on with the mantle of the Mask.
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The first thing you need to know about PS Mithran’s Hero is that it is more of a hero film than a superhero film as it was marketed. The second thing you need to know is that the film is a lament on the education system; it is something of a tribute to the 1993 Shankar film Gentleman – and has learnt nothing from the criticism that the latter has drawn. But we’ll get to that later. PS Mithran’s last film Irumbuthirai, which was about data theft, may have taken some liberties with facts but it was still a well-researched film that was mostly realistic. Hero has a good idea at the heart of it but is built on a shaky premise. Just like Tamil cinema has stereotyped the rural villain as someone who has a biriyani parcel in one hand and a sickle in another, it has stereotyped the corporate villain as a heartless coat-suit guy (usually played by a North Indian actor, in this case Abhay Deol) who walks around with a sneer.
In Hero, the corporate villain is someone who lobotomises school children for their innovative science projects… because these inventions could cause heavy losses to several industries. The hapless Abhay Deol says, “Lobo tomy pannidu!” so many times that he would have been a better fit in Mindhunter 3 than here.It goes without saying that anyone who has any knowledge about science, technology and taking innovations to the market, would find this premise far-fetched. A small-scale school project which hasn’t been subjected to rigorous trials is hardly going to cause panic in the international business community overnight. Even if the idea was soundproof and thoroughly tested, it is quite silly to claim that corporates would destroy a world-changing invention rather than reap profit from it.
Anyway, it is on this questionable territory that Shakti (Sivakarthikeyan), whose childhood dream it was to become Shaktimaan, sets foot. His job is to print fake education certificates and procure highly coveted college seats for a commission. Along the way, we learn about the corruption in the education system, Gentleman style. Though NEET (the introduction of which triggered widespread discussions on caste and education in Tamil Nadu) is mentioned in passing and the film is supposedly about reforming the education system and bringing out the talents of the underprivileged, it is completely silent on caste-based reservation as a form of social justice. In fact, the only time reservation is mentioned is when a corrupt official makes a disparaging remark about merit and “quota” seats.
Considering the film is a hat-tip to Gentleman, which was about “merit” being sacrificed for reservation – a completely uninformed and casteist perspective – this is not surprising. Mari Selvaraj’s Pariyerum Perumal, which released in 2018, spoke emphatically about systemic and institutionalised discrimination in the education sector. Its protagonist Pariyan is referred to as a “quota kozhi” who doesn’t deserve his place in the classroom. Hero glibly sidesteps all of this, and provides convenient solutions that don’t address fundamental questions on the right to education. Arjun Sarja (an accused in a sexual harassment case filed by actor Sruthi Hariharan) plays Sathya moorthy (he was Krishnamoorthy in Gentleman), a vigilante who turns into a mentor for Shakti – “We need a hero now, a gentleman is not enough,” he tells the latter. But since our regular heroes anyway perform the acts of a superhero,
Shakti’s science-enabled transformation, which happens over two hours into the film, feels more like a gimmick than a genre-satisfying twist. Sivakarthikeyan is fine as the joking, casual youth – a role he ever so often perf orms – but his Mask avatar is less convincing. The cinematography (George C Williams), however, makes the film look slick and stylish.Kalyani Priyadarshan appears as counsellor Meera, and I wish Mithran had learnt from her balloon trick and let the pressure of including a romance track in the film, fly up into the sky. The “love” is not only uninspiring, it also drags down the pace of the film in the first half with some insipid songs (Yuvan’s backg round score is better though). Ivana plays Madhi, a schoolgirl who is persecuted for her invention; the film will have you believe that going to Mars in a water-fuelled autorickshaw is easier than filing a patent, and that courts hand out verdicts like Nattamais pronouncing instant theerpu.
The writing becomes overly preachy towards the end, firmly rooting Hero in the “message padam” genre more than anything else. One wonders if this was Mithran’s original idea executed according to his vision or if production and market compulsions made him strike compromises with the material. I, for one, would like to see the ‘rough note’ version of Hero before it became the bound script. This review was not paid for or commissioned by anyone associated with the series/film. TNM Editorial is independent of any business relationship the organisation may have with producers or any other members of its cast or crew.
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Written By- T.H.PRASAD -B4U-Ratting-3 /5