Hero Hiralal

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Hero Hiralal
Hero Hiralal.jpg
Directed by Ketan Mehta
Produced by Gul Anand
Screenplay by Gul Anand
Ketan Mehta
Starring Naseeruddin Shah,
Sanjana Kapoor
Music by Hridaynath Mangeshkar
Release date
  • 6 January 1989 (1989-01-06)
Language Hindi

Hero Hiralal is a 1989 Indian film directed by Ketan Mehta, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Sanjana Kapoor in leading roles. It is a movie about an auto rickshaw driver who falls in love with a film actress. The movie showcased good performances by the lead actors and by Saeed Jaffrey and Satish Shah in their supporting roles. This marked Sanjana Kapoor's first leading role in a Bollywood film. This film was planned to be released on 21 October 1988, but after a change, the film released on 6 January 1989.


Naseeruddin Shah is Hero Hiralal, a Hyderabadi auto-rickshaw driver who meets an upcoming Bollywood starlet, Roopa (Sanjana Kapoor) and becomes her tour guide. Soon, the two fall in love.

Work takes Rupa back to Bombay. Hero, pining for his lover, follows her and has an encounter with her family members, who clearly disapprove of him. Rupa's family tells her to reject Hero's love and move on with her career. Buckling under family pressure, Roopa is compelled to abandon her love, which causes Hero to fall into depression and attempt suicide. He is saved in time by Rani Sitara Devi, a show lady (Deepa Sahi), who arranges for him to die like a great lover in supposedly the greatest show on earth as directed by her. Fortunately, Hero is saved once again in the nick of time when Roopa arrives in a rush at the last minute to confess her love for him.



The film's music is by Hridyanath Mangeshkar , with lyrics by Gulzar, and singing by Lata Mangeshkar, Amit Kumar and Kumar Sanu, as his first major Bollywood song.

  1. "Sapano Ki Duniya Hai" (sad) – Lata Mangeshkar
  2. "Main Hoon Hero Hero Hiraalaal" – Amit Kumar
  3. "Jashna Hai Mohabbat Ka" – Kumar Sanu

Box office reception[edit]

Hero Hiralal was an All-Time Blockbuster at Box Office India.



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