– REEMA CHHABDA
Tiger Shroff made his film debut with ‘Heropanti,’ which was released in 2014. Despite the horrible, tacky, and archaic plot, it was evident that a new star had emerged. Tiger exuded a youthful, millennial appeal with his muscular body, ripped abs, and psychedelic motions.
Eight years later, the sequel ‘Heropanti 2’ demonstrates how little has changed in terms of plot and treatment in mainstream Bollywood. Bablu, Tiger’s hacker, has a convoluted past. And this time, he’s gone global, with stops in Yorkshire, Egypt, China, and Varanasi. But not even Tiger can leapfrog over a moth-eaten storyline involving a one-number-loving mother (Amrita Singh), the obligatory romantic interest Inaya (Tara Sutaria), and the really nasty Laila (Nawazuddin Siddiqui).
Heropanti 2 is a spiritual sequel to the 2014 film Heropanti, which starred Tiger and Kriti Sanon. This film’s plot has nothing to do with the previous one. The name of Tiger’s character, as well as a few dialogues such as “Kya karun yaar, sabko aati nahi, meri jaati nahi”, have been carried through. Kriti eagerly arrives to perform a revised version of ‘Whistle Baja.’
Heropanti 2 has a low IQ, and all of the characters are stupid to varying degrees. We don’t know whether there was a script or if director Ahmed Khan simply decided on the action and song scenes and then had Rajat create content to tie everything together. Sajid is credited with the plot, however, there isn’t one.
The Ahmed Khan-directed film has no plot. It’s just a collection of action sequences interspersed with songs that have no connection to the film’s setting, humor, and a touch of romance and emotion. The action scenes in Heropanti 2 are poorly shot, despite the fact that the film is marketed as an action franchise. The feats were devoid of any thrills or elevation points, instead of focusing on Tiger hopping from one location to the next. The film’s humorous parts are so loud that they eventually drift into an annoying area.
When it comes to AR Rahman’s music, the composer has yet to produce a single respectable song, let alone a good one. Even the popular Whistle Baja from the first film gets poorly replicated in the sequel. Heropanti’s music doesn’t even mesh in with the film’s world, and the songs appear out of nowhere on the screen.
All we can say about Tiger Shroff is that the actor has the zeal to perform never-before-seen stunts, but he requires a director who can make the most of his abilities. He has the potential to perform, but it’s time for him to move away from choreographers and work with genuine directors who can explore a different aspect of him.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is an excellent actor, but in Heropanti 2, he takes overacting to new heights. He is not as threatening or frightening as Laila.
Tara Sutaria plays Laila’s sister, Inaya. She is presented as a self-made gaming billionaire, although her sole purpose in the movie is to pursue Babloo. Inaya is the kind of irritating, arm candy heroine we thought Bollywood had done away with, but we were plainly mistaken.
Unless you’re a die-hard Tiger Shroff fan, Heropanti 2 is a film that won’t mean much to you. It never ceases to test the patience of the audience. It veers off in a variety of nonsensical ways and leaps back and forth between temporal frames with complete disregard for coherence and clarity.