Krish 3

There is Superman, Batman, Spiderman and then there is Krrish. Yes, they are all superheroes. Each time evil awakens in the world a super hero rekindles his super powers. All supermen stories, whether desi or firangi, are hair-brained constructs where superheroes are created out of gibberish. Fighting the bad guys and saving the day with the moral of victory of good over evil. Yet, because they play on our complexes, superman and superiority, as well our fear of mortality, they work wonderfully for us

This time Krrish is back with thrice the power to destroy the demonic Kaal and his bastion of beastly mutants. This super hero is the one who is is born and brought up on Indian soil. Our first-ever home grown superhero. Something to be proud of?

Krrish 3′ is a superhero film. It is also a throwback to the creaky family entertainers Bollywood used to make. The hero has special powers, sure, but also a loving daddy, a lovely wife, an attractive moll and a villain with severe daddy issues.

Superheroes have been around in Hindi cinema for decades, but huge technology jumps have made ‘Krrish 3’ the slickest of them all, special effects-wise. Evil does not raise its ugly had anymore. It raises a finger, but then good flies too in the super hero form caped, masked , winged with muscles of steel and hearts of gold. When Krrish is doing his daring-do stunts, we watch, even if we’ve seen Superman do this 30 years ago. But when he delivers maudlin dialogue about fathers and mothers and bravery, we are pulled back to the ground with a thud, with the superhero the Roshans made. Rakesh Roshan with his imagination has created thrice superbly crafted a fantastical world ‘alien to Bollyood with our own amazing evocative super hero Krirsh ( Hrithick)

Leaping from where the prequel ended, Krishna ( Hrithick) lives with his TV reporter wife (Priyanka) and Socially challenged but brilliant and Genius father Rohit Mehra ( Hrithick) . In twirling black cape and mask, he turtles across the city on heroic rescue operations playing good husband and doing odd jobs. But his life is uproariously interrupted wit the emergence of a dark and destructive world of an evil called Kaal ( Vivek Oberoi) . A Maniacal villain with special powers and a venomous will to erase inferior beings – the human race.

Kaal fuses DNA, to create an assortment of evil mutants called maanvars (manav+jaanwar) – a horned Rhinoman, red-eyed Antman, a Frogman (who gives lot of tongue) and a super-shapely chameleon Kaya (Kangna). He wants to spread a deadly virus to exterminate humanity, but Krrish uses his superpowers to save ‘mankind’ from the malignant ‘mutakind’.

Hrithik is the perfect choice amongst the Bollywood superstar lot to do this role. With his superbly articulated chest, each muscle moving and shiny and oiled, Krrish doesn’t even need a mask and a cape. But the ensemble is eye-catching, and we ignore his immaculately-styled long hair, flying in the wind, when he is whizzing about rescuing little boys. Brandishing his Greek-God looks and almighty powers. Displaying larger-than-life flair and flying shoulder-to-shoulder with any Hollywood superman. Roshan Jr is as likeable and earnest as he usually is. As the prosthetically pot-bellied and ageing Rohit, he is incredible. This film belongs to Hrithik Roshan all the way. He is able to balance the different characters that he plays in the films (Krrish, his alter ego Krrishna and the aged, Rohit Mehra) very well and delivers a very competent performance.

Vivek, as a physically disabled anti-hero is menacing and twisted villain , Kaal is superb . His lunatic laugh and white-washed make-up make him fearfully fantastic. His all powerful evil genius act is sure to win him many accolades.

Priyanka is good in her limited role. Kangna in her gothic and deviously dark avatar looks stunning and pulls off an outstanding act. She stands out in her most different outlandish role as the mutant , Kaya.

The film is among the best in its league in the visual effects department (executed by Shahrukh Khan’s Red Chillies VFX). Just recently the world witnessed path-breaking visual effects and content merged beautifully in a film called Gravity. Considering 75 per cent of the film has VFX, the graphics seem a bit sketchy in a few initial scenes. But where it matters the most, like the climax, it’s bang on!

While the first half is mainly to establish the characters, it’s the second half that holds your attention till the last frame.

With a visually riveting and emotionally engaging story, intriguing characters, sweeping VFX (unseen thus far on Indian celluloid) Rakesh Roshan’s ambitious dream lives up. Yes, it’s hugely inspired (by the Bats, Spideys and Wolverines of the West), but our superhero has his own ‘X-factor’. Even with all the high-octane car crashes, explosions and ‘animatronics’, the philosophy is the force behind it all, yet, never overpowering the story.

The songs are slightly disappointing and background score (Salim-Sulaiman) is good, but unable to amp up the magnitude of the film.

The final Verdict Krrish 3 is not fully perfect. But it has all the elements of a good, entertaining film must have . It is a spectacular , block buster which entertains. For sheer vision, bravado and superlative execution, this one soars to new orbits. Latch on to this cape for an exhilarating ride. The super hero Krrish is here to stay. The film is expected to be huge among the kids who love this super masked super hero.

Note: You might not like this film if sci-fi, fantastical films are not your scene.