The Hero: Love Story of a Spy

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The Hero: Love Story of a Spy
Directed by Anil Sharma
Produced by Dhirajlal Shah
Hasmukh Shah
Pravin Shah
Screenplay by Shaktimaan Talwar
Story by Shaktimaan Talwar
Starring Sunny Deol
Preity Zinta
Priyanka Chopra
Narrated by Sunny Deol
Music by Uttam Singh
Cinematography Kabir Lal
Edited by Suresh Urs
Distributed by Time Magnetics (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Release date
  • 11 April 2003 (2003-04-11)
Running time
182 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 350 million (US$5.4 million)[1]
Box office
  • 262 million (US$4.1 million) (domestic)[2]
  • 451 million (US$7.0 million) (worldwide gross)[3]

The Hero: Love Story of a Spy is a 2003 Bollywood spy thriller film directed by Anil Sharma.The film stars Sunny Deol, Preity Zinta and Priyanka Chopra. It registered the highest-ever collections in the Mumbai territory but eventually it was a Below Average Grosser due to high costs.[4] But it still became the third highest-grossing movie of the year.[5] The film marked the Bollywood debut of actress Priyanka Chopra.


Arun Sharma (Sunny Deol) is a spy working for RAW (Research and Analysis Wing). He sets up a spy network under the identity of Major Batra, with the objective of getting information regarding terrorist activities across the border. Reshma (Preity Zinta), who is from the same village, becomes a part of this network. He trains her for spying and during this training process they fall in love. Reluctantly, he sends her across the border as a maidservant in Colonel Hidayatulla's (Deep Dhillon) house. He is associated with Isaq Khan and Maulana Azhar who are enemies of India.

In the meantime, Reshma is identified in front of Isaq Khan, Maulana Azhar and Colonel Hidayatulla. She manages to escape and comes across the border with important information. Arun expresses his love to Reshma and proposes to marry her. The ceremony is cut short when terrorists attack the ship they are on. Reshma goes missing and Arun is presumed dead.

Arun finds out that Isaq Khan and Maulana Azhar were responsible for the attack. He fakes his own death and plans to infiltrate their terrorist network. He follows them to Canada, where it is revealed they are planning to create a nuclear bomb. Reshma is revealed to be alive in Pakistan and in the care of one Dr. Salman. They take her to Canada to operate on her legs. Her doctor is Shaheen (Priyanka Chopra), who is the daughter of Mr. Zakaria (Kabir Bedi), who is an associate of Isaq Khan. Reshma comes to know that Arun is alive and is in Canada.

Arun changes his identity to nuclear scientist Wahid, working at a well-known Canadian nuclear research organization. Wahid pretends to be in love with Shaheen, as he wants to become a part of Zakaria's group. He even marries Shaheen to win their trust. Reshma meets Wahid at the time of his marriage to Shaheen. Arun is very happy on seeing Reshma alive but knows that now they cannot be together, so she leaves.

Arun exposes Maulna Azhar, Zakaria and Isaq Khan's plan of getting the nuclear bomb. The Canadian government, the Indian government and the world comes to know that their plan has been destroyed by Arun. They hijack a train in order to escape. Arun comes to the rescue. Shaheen dies whilst helping Arun. Arun finally kills Isaq Khan and others. He returns to Kashmir and narrates the whole story to his colleague and meets Reshma in Kashmir. Arun and Reshma finally get together in the end.


Actor Role
Sunny Deol Arun Sharma
Preity Zinta Reshma
Priyanka Chopra Shaheen Zakaria
Amrish Puri ISI Chief Isaq Khan
Kabir Bedi Mr. Zakaria
Rajpal Yadav Dorjee
Shahbaz Khan Idris Malik
Parvin Dabas Salman
Deep Dhillon Colonel Hidayatullah
Pradeep Rawat RAW Head
Shri Vallabh Vyas Reshma's Guardian
Rajat Bedi Wasim
Arif Zakaria Karimuddin
Gene Snitsky Russian Terrorist
Big Guido Lab's Security Guard


The film was the third highest grosser of 2003.[6] Its 16.9cr all India first week collections were the fifth highest figures for 1st week collection of that year.[7] On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 50% based on 6 critic reviews.[8]



The music is composed by Uttam Singh. Lyrics are penned by Anand Bakshi and Javed Akhtar.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Dil Main Hai Pyar" Anand Bakshi, Javed Akhtar Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Jaspinder Narula 06:07
2. "Dil Main Hai Pyar - 1" Anand Bakshi Alka Yagnik 06:00
3. "In Mast Nigahon Se" Anand Bakshi Udit Narayan, Sunidhi Chauhan 04:10
4. "Mari Koyal Ne Aisi Cook" Anand Bakshi Sardool Sikander, Jaspinder Narula 07:23
5. "Tere Shehar Ka Kya Hai Naam" Anand Bakshi, Javed Akhtar Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 05:57
6. "Tum Bhi Na Mano" Javed Akhtar Alka Yagnik, Hariharan 07:14


  1. ^ Box Office Collections 2003 in Boxofficeindia, "Box Office India"
  2. ^ Box Office Collections 2003 in Boxofficeindia, "Box Office India"
  3. ^ Worldwide Collections Of Bollywood Movies 2003, "Box Office India"
  4. ^ Bollywood Movies 2003 Overview and Analysis in Box Office India, "Box Office India"
  5. ^ Article in Boxofficeindia, "Box Office India"
  6. ^ Article in Boxofficeindia, "Box Office India"
  7. ^ Collection Figures in Boxofficeindia,"Box Office India"
  8. ^ "The Hero: Love Story of a Spy". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 

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