Hero No 1 tells the story of Sanjit aka Sanju (Babushan), an aspiring actor who is a disappointment to his lawyer father (Mihir Das). Thwarted in his acting career, he ends up impersonating a lawyer, using theatrics and over-the-top rhetoric in the courtroom while his father is away on travel. He shoots to stardom when reporter kuhu (Bhumica) captures his courtroom speechifying on film and the two embark on a series of public interest litigations, picking up some powerful enemies on the way.
The plot requires a certain suspension of belief; social injustices are painted with a broad brush and facile solutions indicate that this is the stuff of fantasy. The plot gives Tapas Sargharia ample room to pull in scenes about societal issues ranging from Laborer struggle to political slogans being sound pollution. The movie is, however, full of ingenious visual gags and the scenes seamlessly segue from drama to comedy to romance, with the songs fitting naturally into the narrative Satirical elements. Tapas Sargharia seemed to draw inspiration Hera Pheri and the courtroom antics in Hero No 1 exhibit shades of Jolly LLB. Depending more on rhetoric than any sort of legal base, the law scenes underestimate the audience’s intelligence.
The courtroom drama does encourage Babushan to indulge in some histrionics but the rest of his portrayal is effective. He has great comedic timing and is excellent in the song. Mihir Das gives the sort of strong performance you would expect, his measured delivery in the finale forming a telling counterpoint to Sanjit’s presentation. Bhumica is yet another feisty avatar for Director Tapas after TU MO LOVE STORY. While she is somewhat unconvincing as a reporter, the rest of her’s performance is very entertaining. She obviously has fun with the role though some of her major speeches could have done with more nuance. The other female characters in the film are, however, poorly developed.
Although Hero NO 1 is a satire on many serious issues of our society but it does so without getting too serious. It is a feel-good light-hearted film which dares to touch upon some very sensitive issues, which is indeed a very rare combination. It is also one of the best edited films of recent times. Anyone who wants to be thoroughly entertained should go watch this film! The story, screenplay, direction, dialogues and production values are top-notch. It will keep you awake and very interested! Go watch this movie with your friends.
In general, Hero no 1 is an amusing romp.It’s not a story that will grip you, but Hero NO 1 is tremendously funny, beautifully made and enjoyable. Definitely worth seeing this Durgapuja