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Hero: Not Sooraj Pancholi, Athiya Shetty is the real hero of the film

Vineeta Kumar | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 4:27 IST

Filmmaker Nikhil Advani's Hero is out in theatres and despite critics bashing the film, it is expected to do decent business.

The film doesn't bring anything new to the table; it's filled to the brim with all the regular Bollywood elements of love, suspense and tragedy, generously doused with masala and topped with Salman Khan's 'Main Hoon Hero Tera' association.

However, the most striking aspect of the film is the leading lady. Yes, while the most expected the 'hero' of Hero - Sooraj Pancholi - to conquer the screen, given his macho image, it is actually the other way round.

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Photo: a screen grab from Hero

Sooraj, has delivered an okay job but Athiya Shetty aka Radha Mathur steals the screen. She is not the quintessential glamorous Bollywood diva but she is capable of emoting expressions.

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Her lanky frame and dusky complexion might irk those who expect a Bollywood actress to adhere to certain Bollywood standards of beauty, and deliver OTT expressions on screen. But, Athiya seems to have understood how to underplay her role, not succumbing to the same OTT acting methods in order to get noticed in the film where she has to compete with Pancholi's biceps.

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File photo

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Yes, her character in the film is a badly written not unlike the rest of the characters in this movie but she manages to do justice to her role. If there's anything that one remembers after watching the film apart from Sooraj Pancholi's heavily-tattooed beefy body, it is a single dialogue delivered by Athiya :-

"Pyaar karne vale kabhi darte nahin...Aur jo darte hain, voh pyaar karte nahin"

It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that Athiya Shetty is the real hero of Hero.

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First published: 11 September 2015, 7:44 IST
Vineeta Kumar @VineetaKumar_09

Vineeta brings Bollywood fun and intricate showbiz details to Catch/Speed News. She has worked with IndiaTV, Zee News, and is here to provide Catch readers with the best of 'quality entertainment'. A Delhi girl, Vineeta pursued BMMMC from I P College for Women, Delhi University, and craves to know more all the time. When she is not indulging in a serious cinematic discussion over a film she just watched, Vineeta is either reading a fantasy book or polishing her artistic skills.