Hero is a 2015 Indian Hindi-language romantic action film directed by Nikkhil Advani and co-written by Umesh Bist, a remake of Subhash Ghai’s 1983 blockbuster film of the same name, which stars Jackie Shroff. The film starred debutantes Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty, son of actor Aditya Pancholi and daughter of actor Sunil Shetty respectively. Aditya Pancholi has an important role in the film himself.
The film was released on 11 September 2015 worldwide. The film garnered mostly negative reviews.
Sooraj Kaushik is a gangster from Mumbai who meets Radha Mathur, daughter of the city’s Chief of Police, IG Shrikant Mathur, during a party. Sooraj, under instructions from his gangster father, Suryakant ‘Pasha’ Ranade, kidnaps Radha because Shrikant brought evidence against Pasha in court, and kidnaps Radha in the guise of a police officer, by telling her that he received instructions from the police to take her away from city as there is a threat that Pasha and his gang will kidnap Radha unless they move for some time. During these days they slowly fall in love. One day the police track them and Sooraj and Radha escape but Sooraj is shot in the arm while trying to jump over a broken bridge and they both fall in the water. Later they are rescued by a colony of monks though the world thinks both are dead. Sooraj, who was badly injured, remained unconscious. Radha talks about her love for him when she finds Sooraj is awake. Later he confesses to Radha that he had kidnapped her. She has, however, fallen in love with him, and asks him to surrender. Sooraj, who is coldly intercepted and held at gunpoint by Shrikant during a fatal attempt on Pasha’s part to escape a trial, is thus sent to jail for two years. During that time, Radha’s brother Dheeraj asks her to go to Paris, hoping he would work out a reunion between the lovers when they get free.
One and a half years later, the court reduces Sooraj’s sentence on grounds of good behaviour. Sooraj is out of jail and is ready to start a new life with Radha but to live a life he needed to earn. So he starts a fitness centre for living with support from Radha and Dheeraj. Then Dheeraj introduces Ranvijay, who is a smuggler, and a helper of Pasha but shows them that he is innocent. He is liked by Radha’s family and Shrikant decides to tie Ranvijay and Radha into the knot, disliking Sooraj all the while and posing him the condition that he turn state witness against Pasha, which Sooraj disagrees with. But Ranvijay, being Pasha’s henchman, intends to break Radha’s and Sooraj’s love. Radha and Sooraj tell Shrikant and Dheeraj about what happened, how they met and how they fell in love, but Shrikant still refuses to accept Sooraj due to his imposterly behaviour. One night, as Sooraj calmly rejects Dheeraj’s request to agree to Shrikant’s condition, Ranvijay, waiting for the right opportunity, arrives after Dheeraj leaves, and stabs Sooraj, who loses consciousness.
Later, in the morning, Pasha arrives intending to kill Radha and Sooraj but seeing their love for each other and Sooraj’s love for Pasha, leaves them unharmed. But Ranvijay still holds a grudge against Sooraj. A fight ensues and Ranvijay is shot by Shrikant, who then accepts Sooraj and he and Radha get married.
Sooraj Pancholi as Sooraj Kaushik
Athiya Shetty as Radha Mathur
Aditya Pancholi as Suryakant ‘Pasha’ Ranade
Tigmanshu Dhulia as IG Shrikant Mathur
Sharad Kelkar as Dheeraj Mathur, Radha’s Brother
Anita Hassanandani as Ruchi Mathur, Dheeraj’s Wife
Vivan Bhatena as Ranvijay Shekhawat
Chetan Hansraj as Changhezi
Randeep Kumar Jha as Rathudi
Anil Mange as Salim
Trishaan as Gangu
Ashish Verma as Mangesh
Salman Khan in a special appearance in the music video of the song “Main Hoon Hero Tera”