Sooraj Pancholi Athiya Shetty
A scene from the song 'Khoya Khoya' in 'Hero'.Twitter

Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty starrer "Hero" is high on the buzz, but unfortunately the film has opened to mixed reviews.

"Hero" is a romantic movie directed by Nikhil Advani and produced under Salman Khan's banner Salman Khan Films (SKF). The film marks the Bollywood debut of Sooraj and Athiya.

The pre-release buzz surrounding "Hero" is good and with Salman promoting the movie with the lead actors the buzz has increased considerably. But the film has failed to live up to the expectations of several critics.

According to Tushar P Joshi of, the film doesn't do justice to the potentials of Sooraj and Athiya.

"The problem lies with the script. It just isn't innovative or fresh enough. Advani plays safe and doesn't offer anything new," he added.

Sneha May Francis of Emirates 24/7 said that there is nothing more to "Hero" than Salman's song.

"Advani's 'Hero' ends up a lengthy, unimaginative remake. Stay away, if you prefer movies that are easy on our senses," she added.

Lokesh Dharmani of said: "Bad writing, poor direction and average performances make Hero forgettable. Hope Nikhil Advani redeems himself next weekend with Katti Batti!!"

Mohar Basu of The Times of India said: "Sculpted as a full throttle masala entertainer, Hero is plot-heavy. And while you are well acquainted with the story, Nikhil and Salman's sensibility works as midas touch, giving the film a different texture."

Deepanjana Pal of Firstpost said: "Rather than being a cakewalk, Hero is actually a serious challenge for both Pancholi and Shetty. Shetty has to showcase herself in a role that requires her to play a bimbo and make sure she doesn't blink when the wind machine blows her hair away from her face."

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