Hero is a 1983 Indian Hindi romantic action film directed by Subhash Ghai. Jackie Shroff played the lead role, also called "Jackie", and achieved stardom through this film. Actress Meenakshi Sheshadri, who had been crowned Miss India in 1981 and played the lead female role gained popularity through this movie.
Hero was remade in Telugu as Vikram with Nagarjuna and in Kannada as Ranadheera with V Ravichandran. A Hindi remake was released in 2015 directed by Nikhil Advani.
The story starts off with Pasha (Amrish Puri) being taken to prison. To get out of the situation, he writes to his best man, Jackie (Jackie Shroff). Jackie goes to Shrikanth Mathur (Shammi Kapoor) and warns him. He then kidnaps Shrikanth's daughter Radha (Meenakshi Sheshadri). He tells her that he is a police officer and they fall in love; however, she finds out that he is a goon. Nevertheless, she does not leave him but urges him to surrender. Transformed by true love, Jackie surrenders himself to the police and is imprisoned for two years.
Back home, Radha tells her brother Daamodar (Sanjeev Kumar) the whole truth. To keep Radha from getting married to somebody else, he calls his friend Jimmy (Shakti Kapoor) to put on a show that Radha and Jimmy love each other. Jimmy misunderstands the situation and falls in love with Radha. When Jackie comes back, he starts working in a garage and tries to reform himself. Despite everything, Shrikanth kicks him out of his life. After many days and events that follow, Daamodar finds out that Jimmy is a drug smuggler. After getting released from prison, Pasha desires revenge against both Shrikanth and Jackie, so he kidnaps Radha, Shrikanth and Daamodar. Jackie comes at the last moment and frees all of them. In the end, Shrikanth lets Radha marry Jackie.
Jackie Shroff as Jackie Dada / Jaikishan
Meenakshi Sheshadri as Radha Mathur
Sanjeev Kumar as Damodar Mathur
Shammi Kapoor as Police Commissioner Shrikanth Mathur
Amrish Puri as Pasha
Madan Puri as Bharat
Bindu as Jamuna (Radha's widowed aunt)
Bharat Bhushan as Ramu
Shakti Kapoor as Jimmy Thapa
Urmila Bhatt as Sandhya Mathur
Shaikh Azad as Shaikh Faruk
The film was declared "Super Hit" on Indian Box Office, with Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri becoming huge stars after its release. Both actors became in demand after Hero's release and thus began a long association with Subhash Ghai. The younger audiences enjoyed the performances, and critics applauded Ghai for using fresh faces at a time when Amitabh Bachchan was the dominant star in Bollywood. The Yamaha Rajdoot 350 bike was heavily promoted in this movie.
Composed by the musical duo Laxmikant Pyarelal the lyrics of the songs are penned by Anand Bakshi.