Heartless (2014 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Shekhar Suman|
|Produced by||Sajid Rizvi
|Written by||Niranjan Iyengar
|Screenplay by||Nina Arora|
|Story by||Shekhar Suman|
|Music by||Gaurav Dagaonkar|
|Edited by||Akshara Prabhakar|
|Distributed by||Windmill Entertainment|
|Box office||₹11.8 million|
Heartless is a 2014 Bollywood medical thriller film directed by Shekhar Suman. Shekhar Suman also stars in the film along with his son Adhyayan Suman. The film also features Ariana Ayam, Deepti Naval, Om Puri and Madan Jain amongst others. It released on 7 February 2014, to mixed reviews from critics. The film focuses on anaesthesia awareness, where a patient cannot move or communicate, but is aware to varying degrees of what is happening during surgical procedures. Several critics have noticed striking similarities between the film and the 2007 Hollywood medical thriller Awake, leading some to describe Heartless a copy of said film.
A young business magnate Aditya Singh (Adhyayan Suman) is in love with Ria (Ariana Ayam). Aditya requires a heart transplant but refuses due to guilt of killing his father during a boat ride in his childhood. Dr. Sameer Saxena aka Sam (Shekhar Suman) is Aditya's heart surgeon and friend. Aditya asks Dr. Sameer to arrange his elopement with Ria. They marry privately without his mother's knowledge, then Aditya goes to the hospital for the operation. While Aditya's new wife and his mother, Gayatri Singh (Deepti Naval), await completion of his surgery, Aditya encounters anaesthesia awareness.
The surgical pain causes Aditya to have a clairvoyant experience exposing Dr. Sameer's plot to murder Aditya, also revealing that Ria worked at the hospital under Dr. Sameer and has conspired with him against Aditya. Ria's plan was to marry Aditya, and then poison the donor heart to cause its rejection, thus murdering Aditya to collect insurance money to pay off Dr. Sameer's debts. The scheme unravels and Gayatri, realising what has happened, sacrifices herself so that Aditya can live, having barely survived the surgery and attempt on his life. She commits suicide and her heart is switched for the poisoned one by Dr. Trehan (Om Puri). During a shared out-of-body experience, Gayatri reveals to Aditya that his father's death was not his fault but just an accident and that he should value his life for which both his parents has sacrificed. Dr. Sameer and his conspirators are being arrested and Aditya comes back to consciousness. Film closes with Aditya telling Ria that he knows the truth due to anaesthesia awareness and hands her over to police.
- Adhyayan Suman as Aditya Singh/Adi
- Ariana Ayam as Ria/Shruti Tandon
- Shekhar Suman as Dr Abhinav velidi
- Deepti Naval as Gayatri Singh (Aditya's mother)
- Om Puri as Dr. Sanjay Trehan
- Madan Jain
The theatrical trailer of Heartless was released on 14 November 2013. The audio of the film was released by Sachin Tendulkar at Reliance Digital Xpress, Prabhadevi on 19 December 2013.
The Soundtrack for the film was composed by Gaurav Dagaonkar with Pakistani band called Fuzon (Khurram Iqbal, Shallum Asher Xavier, Imran Momina) for Ishq Khuda. The lyrics are by Arafat Mehmood, Seema Saini, Shekhar Suman & S.K. Khalish. The soundtrack was released on 7 January 2014. The song Main Dhoondhne Ko Zamaane Mein and "soniye" became popular. Sukanya sang a duet with Mohit Chauhan in the film.
|Soundtrack album by Gaurav Dagaonkar|
|Gaurav Dagaonkar chronology|
|1.||"Mashooqana"||Arafat Mehmood||Ash King, Arunima Bhattacharya||4:24|
|2.||"Main Dhoondne Ko Zamaane Mein"||Arafat Mehmood||Arijit Singh||4:23|
|4.||"Ishq Khuda"||S.K. Khalish||Khurram Iqbal||5:02|
|5.||"What A Feeling"||Shekhar Suman||Mohit Chauhan & Sukanya Ghosh||4:00|
|6.||"Heartless"||Seema Saini||Mohit Chauhan, Aniruddh Bhola & Suzanne D'Mello||4:27|
|7.||"Thanks Brother"||Seema Saini||Shekhar Suman & Adhyayan Suman||3:10|
|8.||"Mashooqana" (Sanjoy Deb Remix)||Arafat Mehmood||Ash King, Arunima Bhattacharya & Sanjoy Deb||3:29|
|9.||"Main Dhoondne Ko Zamaane Mein" (Reprise)||Arafat Mehmood||Arijit Singh||4:14|
The first half "routine" but that after the intermission, "the film becomes a thrilling roller-coaster ride with terrific punches." Paloma Sharma of Rediff.com gave it 1 out of 5 stars telling viewers to "stop trying to make sense of the script because there isn't any." Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave it 2.5 stars and praised performance of Adhyayan Suman. Faheem Ruhani of India Today gave it 2 stars, stating that " Suman wastes far too much time making his son look super cool in song and dance sequences."
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Heartless was a box office flop. The film looked promising with a different concept story rather than the monotonous Bollywood masala flicks but it did not get much appreciation which could be attributed to the poor marketing adopted by the producers.
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