Films dealing with medical complications were one of the favourite genre in the 60's & the 70's era. The hero or heroine suffering from a fatal disease falls in love and the whole drama begins. With passing time this genre started to fade out leaving behind few gems in recent times such as 'Kal Ho Na Ho', 'My Brother Nikhil', etc. Most of these movies were high on the emotional quotient and thus have been remembered for a long time. 'Heartless' is one such rare film in today's era which deals with the similar genre. So let's find out whether 'Heartless' too might be emotionally heart touching or may be just one of those half baked films with no soul attached to it.
'Heartless' is story of a millionaire Aditya (Adhyayan Suman) suffering from a rare heart disease. He is protected and over loved by his mother (Deepti Naval), who desperately wants to get a heart transplant done for her son. On the other side Aditya in his Dubai trip falls in love with Riya (Ariana Ayam). Because of which he now wants to get his heart transplanted with help of his friend Dr.Sameer Saxena (Shekhar Suman). What happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technicalities:
Story is highly inspired by a Hollywood film 'Awake' and there are many frame to frame copied scenes in the film. First half keeps dragging in establishing the romance part which is full of overdose songs and city tour of Dubai. The true story begins with the second half over the operation table and the movie converts from romantic drama to thriller leading to a emotional drama towards the end. The thriller parts are engaging and interesting, but are again diluted by the songs and unnecessary melodrama attached to it. There are many scenes which looked unconvincing and the director didn't even bother to establish them whereas, he has inserted many other irrelevant chapters which just add to the boring melodrama. Camera work is good and the locations of Dubai are captured beautifully.
Music & Direction:
Music by Gaurav Dangonkar and Fuzon is decent. 'What A Feeling' & 'Main Doondne Ko' are best songs in the entire film. Others are also good but do not gel with the flow of the film.
Shekhar Suman's debut film as a director is shameless copy of Hollywood film and it works only in the copied portions. He tries to add glamour and melodrama to the script, but fails miserably.
Adhyayan Suman is good till the time he keeps his mouth shut and is relatively better than his earlier films. Though, a seasoned actor could have done wonders with this type of role. Ariana Ayam is bad and overacts in the dramatic scenes. Shekhar Suman was average. Deepti Naval was good and does her part with total conviction. Om Puri and Madan Jain in supporting roles were nice.
So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hai Dum?
Dum? Well there is some dum for all those who have not seen the Hollywood film 'Awake'. If you can manage to sit through the overdose of songs and melodrama in the first half, the middle portions will keep you indulged in the film. As for the ones who have seen the original, it's going to be a heartbreak time for them.