A picture is worth a thousand words and the first look of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine, with Kareena Kapoor lying upside down, wearing golden attire, surrounded by film magazines, and an empty glass of wine thrown away, does just that for the movie.
Heroine delves into the behind-the-scenes life of an actor in the Indian film industry and the first poster of the film itself is self-explanatory. It indicates where the glitz and glamour of the film world can take an individual.
She displays the range of a Bollywood actor in another poster, in which it seems she has gone back to her “Chameli” and “Chammak Challo” avatar. She looks chic in a unique, red sari teamed with a daring, blue net blouse. The look is for an item song titled “Halkat Jawaani” and is also reminiscent of Vidya Balan’s look from The Dirty Picture.
The film’s plot itself is a reminder of Bhandarkar’s National Award-winning film Fashion, which uncovered the dark reality of the Indian fashion world and the fate of models who taste success and their gradual downfall.
Whether or not Heroine is a mix of Fashion and The Dirty Picture is something viewers will have to wait until its release on September 21.
Bhandarkar had launched Heroine at the Cannes International Film Festival last year with Aishwarya Rai as the lead. But later, the actress had to opt out of the project after she became pregnant.
Kareena then stepped into the role and she is said to have delivered her best so far in the film.
Kareena’s smoking scenes cut from Heroine trailer
You will probably not see a ‘smoking’ hot Kareena Kapoor in Heroine, as shots of her smoking in the trailer of the film have been censored before being cleared.
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has decided to blur all images of smoking from feature films.
“We’ve taken a decision some time back to show no smoking in trailers. This is because in a trailer, there can be no disclaimer about smoking. In the full-length feature film, there has to be disclaimer about smoking at the beginning and after interval. Even then the smoking sequences are blurred,” said JP Singh, CBFC’s regional officer in Mumbai.
Singh also confirmed the censoring of Kareena’s smoking scene as well as some love-making scenes and expletives in the trailer of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2012.
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