Hero (2022 film)

Hero is a 2022 Indian Telugu-language action comedy film written and directed by Sriram Adittya. Produced by Amara Raja Media and Entertainment, the film stars debutant Ashok Galla and Niddhi Agerwal while Jagapathi Babu, Naresh, Vennela Kishore, Brahmaji, and Satya play supporting roles with the music composed by Ghibran.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed bySriram Adittya
Written bySriram Adittya
Produced byPadmavathi Galla
StarringAshok Galla
Niddhi Agerwal
CinematographySameer Reddy
Richard Prasad
Edited byPrawin Pudi
Music byGhibran
Release date
  • 15 January 2022 (2022-01-15)
Running time
132 minutes

The film began its production in November 2019. Following the delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hero was theatrically released on 15 January 2022. The film received mixed reviews from the critics and audiences as well.


Arjun is a struggling actor who is in love with Subhadra aka Subbu. Saleem Bhai Savyasachi is a crime boss in Mumbai, where he kills the Police Commissioner with an antique gun and sends the gun to Hyderabad to assassinate one of his enemies. Arjun orders a hair oil to treat his hair fall but receives the Flintlock gun in courier due to mistaken identity. He discusses the problem with his friend at night on his terrace. A CI harasses a lone woman at night in their colony. Arjun's friend is drunk and couldn't understand the problem. Arjun accidentally shoots the CI while snatching the gun from his friend. He tries to report the incident to the police but withdraws after realizing that he shot the CI. He tries to toss away the gun but fails to do so. Meanwhile, Arjun (Hitman) receives the hair oil instead of the gun and investigates the matter.

Arjun receives another parcel with the photo of Sripati, who is Subbu's father and is ordered to kill him. Arjun (Hitman) finds Arjun's home and holds him at gunpoint while Arjun's parents return from a movie and find the gangsters in their house. Arjun convinces them that they are from the shooting crew. The gangsters leave with the courier, but Arjun changes the photo of their target. Sripati acts as he suffers from heart stroke in a bid to leave for US with reluctant Subbu. The gangsters realize their mistake but decide to help Arjun. They inform him that Saleem Bhai hired another assassin to kill Sripati. Arjun and his family along with Subbu's father leave for a temple shrine where after secretly defeating the goons, Arjun finds the assassin to be CI and saves Sripati from him.

Subbu's mother then reveals to everyone that Sripati dreamt of becoming an actor and finally landed a lead role in Saleem Bhai's biopic. His car breaks down on the first day of filming and he travels with the Police Commissioner who attacks Saleem Bhai, who swears vengeance on Sripati. Sripati then boards a train to Mumbai and Arjun tries to convince him to return. They later realize that it's a shooting spot and the train isn't going anywhere. Saleem Bhai attacks them at the railway station but they defeat him. Impressed with their performance, the producer of the film offers them roles in his film. Arjun and Subbu reunite and he and Sripati finally become actors.



Hero marks the debut of Mahesh Babu's nephew Ashok Galla, the son of businessman and politician Galla Jayadev. Sriram Aditya (who earlier directed Bhale Manchi Roju, Samanthakamani and Devadas) was signed to helm the film while actress Nidhhi Agerwal was cast opposite Galla. It is produced by Padmavathi Galla under Amar Raja Media and Entertainment as their maiden venture.[1] The film began its production in November 2019 in Hyderabad with an estimated budget of 3.5 crore.[2] Galla's grandfather and veteran actor Krishna visited the film's sets and directed a scene on Aditya's request.[3] Aditya described the film as "a romantic potboiler with a hidden twist towards the end."[4][5]

The film began its post-production in June 2021, and the title was unveiled as Hero.[6]


The film was initially scheduled to release on 26 January 2022, however, owing to the postponement of other major films like RRR, Hero's release date was advanced to 15 January 2022, coinciding with the festival of Sankranti.[7]


The film received mixed reviews from critics praising the performances, visuals, humour and action sequences but criticize the second half of the film to be silly for a serious subject. Neeshita Nyayapati of The Times of India, rated the film 3/5 and wrote, "Hero had the potential to be a film that keeps you on the edge of your seat while ensuring you leave the cinema hall having laughed your heart out."[8] A Sakshi critic appreciated the direction, screenplay and performances, with a particular praise to the film's humour.[9] A reviewer from Eenadu also echoed the same but felt that the latter half was too silly for a serious subject.[10] Pinkvilla concluded its review by writing, "If you watch 'Hero' with the expectation that it's a facetious crime comedy and an unabashed mindless entertainer, you won't be disappointed."[11]


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  2. ^ Sharma, Bhavana (13 November 2019). "Did Ashok Galla choose a low budget film for his debut purposefully?". IB Times.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Adivi, Sasidhar (8 April 2020). "Sriram's fan boy moment!". Deccan Chronicle.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "'Hero' will stand out as a commercial potboiler, says Sriram Aditya". Telangana Today. 11 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Hero trailer: Mahesh Babu's nephew Ashok Galla plays a struggling actor in debut movie, watch". The Indian Express. 11 January 2022. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Mahesh Babu's nephew Ashok Galla to make debut with 'Hero'". The News Minute. 23 June 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Mahesh Babu's nephew's debut film 'Hero' gets a release date; to hit the big screens on Sankranthi!". The Times of India. 2 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Hero Movie Review : Delightfully meta and chaotically messy at the same time". The Times of India. 15 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "'హీరో 'మూవీ రివ్యూ". Sakshi (in Telugu). 15 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Hero movie review రివ్యూ హీరో". Eenadu (in Telugu). 15 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Hero Movie Review: A reasonably enjoyable madcap comedy that comes with a twist". Pinkvilla. 15 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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