Hero, Heroine....Aren't these just concepts? The hero just has the lead role in a film - He doesn't have to be special.
If I asked you who the hero of Piravi was, wouldn't you say it was Premji Sir?
It's the same in theatre. The hero is just the person who does the lead role.
It doesn't matter if films are new-generation or old-generation: We only have to look out for good films. Who acts in it would be the directors' choice.
In other countries, they decide on the cast after they come up with the story. They have a casting director who decides who would do best in a particular role.
But here, filmmakers usually first "buy" an actor's dates, and then work on the story.
Proponents of New-generation films say that actors aren't important, only the story is…
Even earlier, it was that way: The story was important. Wasn't cinema once closely related to great literature? The scriptwriters were such geniuses! That is why those films are still remembered...Think of Chemmeen, Yakshi and many such movies!
Even then, the story was prime. What you're saying is not a new discovery.
If the story is bad, the film is doomed, whoever acts in it.
Again, it's not enough if the story is good. What if the execution is bad? There have been many movies like that.
A film is no different from a basic "Once-upon-a-time-there-lived-a-man" kind of story. Just that a film is narrated within two hours.