Hero: The Love Story of a Spy
The film as a whole is an interesting variation on the spy film that I am used to. I am not prepared to say it’s a bad film, because it has a lot of good elements. By the same time, I can’t call it good, primarily because of it’s excessive length, and it’s attitude towards Pakistan. Sure, in the real world India and Pakistan have their differences, but presenting the conflict as a violent cartoon, and justifying it with some clumsy jingoistic speeches, isn’t the way forward. I think you’ll have to make up your own mind about this curiosity. It’s a strangely affecting film, that lingers in the memory long after you’ve watched it –– well, certain scenes anyway. If you’re a spy fan, there is a lot of ‘classic’ spy imagery. If you’re a Bollywood fan, there’s certainly enough hip shaking and shimmying to please on that level too.