Hero (1983 film)

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Hero
Hero1983.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Subhash Ghai
Produced by Subhash Ghai
Written by Mukta Ghai
Subhash Ghai
Ram Kelkar
Starring Jackie Shroff
Meenakshi Sheshadri
Music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Cinematography Kamalakar Rao
Edited by Waman Bhonsle
Gurudutt Shirali
Distributed by Mukta Arts Ltd.
Release date(s)
  • 1983 (1983)
Running time 173 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office INR12,50,00,000 [1]

Hero is a 1983 Indian Hindi film directed by Subhash Ghai. Jackie Shroff played the lead role, also called "Jackie", and achieved stardom through this film. Actress Meenakshi Sheshadri, who had been crowned Miss India in 1981 and played the lead female role gained popularity through this movie.

Hero was remade in Telugu as Vikram with Nagarjuna and in Kannada as Ranadheera with V Ravichandran. A Hindi remake is being filmed by Nikhil Advani.[2]

Plot[edit]

The story starts off with Pasha (Amrish Puri) being taken to prison. To get out of the situation, he writes to his best man, Jackie (Jackie Shroff). Jackie goes to Shrikanth Mathur (Shammi Kapoor) and warns him. He then kidnaps Shrikanth's daughter Radha (Meenakshi Sheshadri). He tells her that he is a police officer and they fall in love; however, she finds out that he is a goon. Nevertheless, she does not leave him but urges him to surrender. Transformed by true love, Jackie surrenders himself to the police and is imprisoned for two years.

Back home, Radha tells her brother Daamodar (Sanjeev Kumar) the whole truth. To keep Radha from getting married to somebody else, he calls his friend Jimmy (Shakti Kapoor) to put on a show that Radha and Jimmy love each other. Jimmy misunderstands the situation and falls in love with Radha. When Jackie comes back, he starts working in a garage and tries to reform himself. Despite everything, Shrikanth kicks him out of his life. After many days and events that follow, Daamodar finds out that Jimmy is a drug smuggler. After getting released from prison, Pasha desires revenge against both Shrikanth and Jackie, so he kidnaps Radha, Shrikanth and Daamodar. Jackie comes at the last moment and frees all of them. As a happy ending, Shrikanth lets Radha marry Jackie.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film was declared "Super Hit" on Indian Box Office,[1] with Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri becoming huge stars after its release. Both actors became in demand after Hero's release and thus began a long association with Subhash Ghai. The younger audiences enjoyed the performances, and critics applauded Ghai for using fresh faces at a time when Amitabh Bachchan was the dominant star in Bollywood.

Tracks list[edit]

Composed by the musical duo Laxmikant Pyarelal the lyrics of the songs are penned by Anand Bakshi.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Ding Dong"   Anuradha Paudwal, Manhar Udhas  
2. "Lambi Judai"   Reshma  
3. "Nindya Se Jaagi Bahaar"   Lata Mangeshkar  
4. "Pyar Karne Wale Kabhi Darte Nahi"   Lata Mangeshkar, Manhar Udhas  
5. "Tu Mera Hero"   Anuradha Paudwal, Manhar Udhas  
6. "Mahobbat ye mahobbat"   Surash Wadkar,Lata Mangeshkar  

Remakes[edit]

Year Film Language Cast Director
1986 Vikram Telugu Akkineni Nagarjuna, Sobhana V. Madhusudhan Rao
1988 Ranadheera Kannada V. Ravichandran, Kushboo, Ananth Nag V. Ravichandran
2013 Hero Hindi Suraj Panscholi, Athiya Shetty, Govinda Filming[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Box office 1983". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 22 Feb 2012. 
  2. ^ "Nikhil Advani begins shooting for remake of 1983 Film Hero". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Nikhil Advani begins shooting for 'Hero'". ibnlive.in.com. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 

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