Giving the Viewers a Heart Burn

I need a one-hour kiss to burn 3000 calories’, reads a poster from the film. Clearly aimed at attracting the

Published: 01st February 2014 08:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st February 2014 08:59 AM   |  A+A-


I need a one-hour kiss to burn 3000 calories’, reads a poster from the film. Clearly aimed at attracting the youth, Puri Jagannadh’s Heart Attack is a love story shot mainly in the exotic locales of  Spain, Romania and Goa. The film includes bikini-clad women, fight sequences, multiple songs and popular comedians -- in short, all the ingredients to churn out an entertaining film. However, it  falls flat with its weak storyline, poorly written dialogues and lacklustre performances from the star cast, which make the viewers cringe with agony. As a result, what promises to be an entertaining movie, turns out to be a complete disappointment.

The story revolves around Varun (Nithiin), a globetrotter who backpacks across Europe and bumps into Hayati (Adah Sharma) in Spain and is instantly attracted to her. In a bid to get her phone number, he feigns a heart attack, which leaves her fuming when she finds out. However, Varun continues his relentless pursuit of Hayati and demands a lip-lock from her with no strings attached. She instantly rejects his proposal, but falls for him after a few meetings. When the time comes for Varun to leave Spain, he requests her to meet him one last time and grant him his wish. Hayati then meets him and gives him the much pursued lip-lock but tells him never to see her again. Varun, then goes ahead with his travels to Romania where he realises that he’s deeply in love with Hayati. He returns to Spain only find out that she has disappeared. What follows is Varun’s endless quest to find his true love.

As mildly interesting as this plot line may sound, Heart Attack’s biggest weakness is its story. Right from the start, the lead character is presented as a despicable pervert who lusts after women, desperate for physical pleasure. His constant demands for a lip-lock are revolting and is demeaning to women. What is even more surprising is that the girl almost suddenly falls in love with him. It is hard to understand what changed her mind from dismissing him as a pervert to dramatically falling for him. It’s a complete mockery of the concept of  love. The music is absolutely grating and the lyrics are atrocious. Thirty minutes into the film, the music itself makes you want to leave the theatre. The comedy featuring Brahmanandam is entertaining, but it has a racial element to it which soon has our smiles falling off our faces as well.

However, thank God for little mercies, and in Heart Attack’s cases it is the stunning visuals and the cinematography from Amol Rathod. Brahmanandam once again does a fine job as a Lord Krishna devotee and provides aa few though much needed laughs. Vikrama Jeet also impresses as the low life trafficker of girls, narcotics and just about every other vice. 

The entire film revolves around Nithiin who is far from convincing in his attempt to carry the movie on his shoulders. While he does a decent job as the love-struck/ heartbroken chap in the second half, he fails to impress as the hippie traveller in pursuit of a kiss. Adah Sharma’s entry into the industry is anything but path-breaking. The actress does not have much to offer, despite having a rather lengthy role. Kesha Kambhati is terrible in her role as Priya. Her sequences with her dark (Black) boyfriend is one of the lowest points of the movie. Ali is wasted in an inconsequential role. He fails to add  humour with his Tamilian accent that looks fake and unnecessary. Prakash Raj makes a blink-and-miss appearance towards the end.

Puri Jagannadh is in a bad phase with his recent films failing miserably at the box-office. The director may have been hoping to turn his fortunes around with Heart Attack, but he certainly needs more than a poor script in exotic locations to resuscitate his career.

Overall, apart from a few beautiful women, a few laughs and striking visuals, Heart Attack has nothing to offer. Avoid this  movie and avoid risking a heart attack yourself!


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