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’.