Bang Bang (2014)

Much awaited Hrithik and Katrina starrer. And yes, Katrina does star in this film, unlike Dhoom 3, where she had a blink and miss role. Sorry a lot of Dhoom 3 references are going to come up in this review, for I felt cheated by both.

So they say you must leave your brain aside for some films. I didn’t think this would be one of them. Especially when they credit the source, Knight and Day, in the opening titles. But when they try to pass off the desert of Abu Dhabi as London in broad day light, you realise you have to hold your brain with your pop corn, in your lap.

Thankfully the movie doesn’t take itself seriously, like Dhoom 3 did, where you actually felt like shooting everyone on screen. Here things happen, because its convenient and of course the cinema goer doesn’t have intelligence, “so we can do anything”, thought the makers. What surprises me is that big stars are now doing such films, and audiences are consuming it.

Hrithik does what he does best – dance. His body is chiselled and bronzed to the point of looking unattractive, and doesn’t match his back story at all. Katrina, yo-yoing from size 8 to 16, has a few funny bits, but overall has character issues. She can’t make up what side of herself she is on. Action sequences are well shot, as are the various locales. But did the film warrant its 140-160 (figures differ) budget? Not at all. Caricature support cast move along the ‘fantasy’ plot, sorry not worth mentioning, except the cute grandma.

Director Siddharth Anand (maker of Salaam Namaste, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Anjaana Anjaani) has delivered what may appear to be a ‘crore-crazy’ film, but it lacks severely in content.

Sad to say, but Hrithik has pulled an Aamir.



Krrish 3 (2013)

Let’s clear the rationale behind making sci-fi or super hero movies in India. Indian audiences have given large business to the recent Iron Man, Super Man, Avengers etc, in English and more so in the dubbed versions across the country.

So we are sure smaller cities and towns will have people who will appreciate the new Krrish. But as we all know, largely our viewers are spoiled, and may need some help with the story, so the film starts with a recap of the last two films. It makes you realise they were more original and with better music, but that is probably a calculated move, though not a good one.

Parts of the film are laughable, parts are commendable. The special effects have definitely set a good standard for an Indian film, but still lack the finesse of Hollywood movies. They enjoy larger budgets, which is where our films fall short I guess.

We have mutants or ‘maanvars’, a villain who is not menacing enough, sorry Vivek, you tried your best, a super hero who doesn’t bring anything new to the table, not even a new expression. Kangana had a good crisp role, Priyanka danced around with some good scenes. Hrithik Senior was more effective than his Junior counterpart.

The stock ‘emotional scene’, the stock ‘secular song’, the stock ‘super hero in us all’ were all plugged in for our benefit. Not to mention the ‘Raghupati Raghav’ song, a track played in a party which should have been put in the credits. Why stuff songs in when they are not required? The only song which made sense and was beautifully shot was Alisha Chinoy’s ‘Dil tu hi bata’.

We had many scientific and plot premises which were well constructed and used. Harry Potter fans will immediately identify with one of the key gadgets. The end gives us a mash-up of Silver Surfer, Iron Man, Super Man, Hulk type scenes, with special effects that still require finishing.

If your kids insist you take them for the film, then you must. It could work to your advantage and they would skip Krrish 4 which could be in the offing. I think Rakesh Roshan should put this concept to rest, as the current offering seemed rushed to make it for Diwali. A cohesive, well edited film is what we were expecting, but of course we were disappointed.

I think super hero movies were effectively ruined for Indians when Aamir Khan uttered those iconic words, ‘Gogo ji aapka ghagra’.