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Tiger Shroff makes his debut with Heropanti, a remake of Telugu film Parugu. The film is a regular masala fare but Jackie Shroff's son certainly leaves a mark.
Heropanti is Sabbir Khan's second outing as a director, after his debut with Kambakht Ishq.
The plot
When Renu (Sandeepa Dhar) runs away with her lover, her father Chaudharyji (Prakash Raj) launches a manhunt to track them down and eliminate them. A livid Chaudhary soon discovers that Bablu (Tiger Shroff) is the man who has assisted the couple to elope and who happens to be his daughter's lover's friend.
The twist in the plot comes when Bablu falls in love with Chaudhary's other daughter, Dimpy, played by debutante Kirti Sanon.
The film then revolves around how and whether the lead pair's love story meets its logical end.
Watching Heropanti makes you think of Salman Khan or Akshay Kumar entertainers (Khiladi 786, Dabangg, Wanted and every other film where the hero plays the unrealistically good man disguised as a bad one!), but with a lot of decency.
Here is a young hero trying similar stunts but one who gets emotional just when you think he should smash the face of a dictatorial father.
Here's a hero who takes a villain's challenge for a fight rather gracefully - almost every punch in a fight is followed by a sweet smile to the camera. Tiger does his stunts impressively. Good news is that Tiger Shroff is a great dancer too.
However, when the scene turns emotional and dramatic, Shroff looks a little unconvincing.
His action sequences are admirable but the acting is not. The dialogues are forced and his expressions do nothing in a given situation. Only, he makes you smile with that trying-too-hard-to-act look and flaunting his body.
Sample some of the cheesy dialogues Tiger aka Bablu mouths:
"Jo dost kameene nahi hote woh kameene dost nahi hote."
"Tumhare ghar mein aurton ko gai ki tarah baandh ke rakhte hai kabhi ghuma ke seengh mara?"
Prakash Raj, for once is not the ever-mocking, ever-evil bad guy we usually see his as. For most parts, he is an emotionally charged father not the Chowdhary from Jatland. Sadly, he doesn't look too convincing.
Sunil Grover is the surprise package in the film who brings in a lot of mirth.
The film offers little to Sanon by way of acting. Within her confines, she plays her part perfectly - looking beautiful and playing the dumb daughter/lover.
Director Sabbir Khan picks up a grave issue like Honour Killing and does justice to it with his sensitive treatment of the subject.
He manages to showcase both sides of the coin - the emotions of a father on the verge of killing his daughter for 'honour' as well as that of the lovers.
Heropanti could be a one-time watch if you find kids who don't really know what they are up to and yet act too smart cute. Yes, Tiger gives you that feeling.

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