On a mission
And, in his second film ‘Hero’, Mithran proves that he is not just a fan, but is totally inspired by the ‘Indian’, ‘Anniyan’ and ‘Sivaji’ maker, by presenting a film which is a spiritual sequel to ‘Gentleman’.
The basic knot of ‘Hero’ is: While a ‘Gentleman’ was enough to change the education system in the 1990s, a superhero is needed to do it in the present era.
Sakthi (Sivakarthikeyan) is a rank holder, but he is forced to sell his certificate due to circumstances. Eventually, he buries his dreams and becomes a fake certificate maker in north Chennai.
Sathyamurthy (Arjun) runs an educational institution, that offers free education to students who were considered as failures. It helps them shine in fields in which they are good at.
Then there is Mahadev (Abhay Deol), an evil entrepreneur, who describes himself as ‘naan padippa vechu vyabaram panravan illa, padikkaravana vechu vyabaram panravan’.
One day, Madhi (Ivana), whom Sakthi considers as his sister, loses her life due to corrupt education system. Sathyamurthy wants to change the system and Mahadev poses hurdle.
This results in Sakthi becoming a superhero and he is aptly aided by Sathyamurthy and his students. Is he able to bring down the empire of Mahadev?
Sivakarthikeyan gets a good action entertainer and he gives his best to establish himself as a mass messiah. For Arjun, it is a continuation of his character in ‘Gentleman’ and this ageless actor does wonder.
Kalyani Priyadarshan makes a decent debut, while Abhay Deol’s character could have been written better. George C William has added to the rich and grandeur flavor to the film, while Yuvan Shankar Raja elevates the emotional and action scenes to next level with his background score.
Mithran has done adequate research to get facts right and barring some loopholes, it is like watching the modern day version of a Shankar’s earlier days movie.