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Movie Review: Krrish 3

Published Nov 08, 2013 04:11pm


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The woes of a superhero hits home and turns bad to worse in "Krrish 3", the artificial, yet familiar tent-pole destined for massive ticket sales.

In the middle of "Krrish 3", the perplexingly titled sequel to "Krrish" (there never was a 'Krrish 2'), the townsfolk of Mumbai gather around praising "God, Allah and Bhagwan" in sing-song. If one can brook the song’s corny setting (and the lyrics), whose only real attraction is star-actor Hrithik Roshan doing a bit from "Koi Mil Gaya..." – the E.T. impersonated flick that started this franchise – then "Krrish 3" isn't that bad a bargain.

So most of it is tiringly clichéd, ripped off from Marvel and DC comics (Krrish’s Superman worship is rather blatant) and stick-glued together, it is startling when director Rakesh Roshan's underlying Bollywood-emotionalism compensates the flimsiness of the awkward superhero element from his last film.

Here the senior Mr. Roshan, who also pens the plot, is adamant about putting family-first – a similar emotion mismanaged by Shah Rukh Khan's "Ra.One", a parallel whatchamacallit superhero movie chock full of high production values and little rationality.

Unlike "Ra.One", which shooed-off its own premise rather tactlessly, there is a familiarity here: We know Rohit, Hrithik Roshan's simple man-child turned genius, who has curiously changed professions since the last movie (if I remember he was working with laws of quantum physics, not bio-regeneration). Rohit's son, Krishna, also played by Mr. Roshan, is still a different kind of simple as the Adonis-bodied, backwoods straightforward guy (with a stiff hair-do); Years later, he still has trouble adjusting to city life and the tailbacks of being the only super-powered guy in the world (the poor guy can’t hold a straight job, even if he wanted to).

In the first of his full-blown action sequences Krrish hops over buildings and slingshots straight into the half-open malfunctioning front wheel of an airborne 747. Though, brilliant in this particular sequence, as I said before, Mr. Roshan's fascination with Superman is working full-throttle, re: Superman and Superman Returns. This, however, is the least of inspirations: Krrish gets his powers – which include a whole lot of super (super speed, super strength, super immunity) – from the Sun (Kryptonians are powered by our Sun too).

Krrish’s nemesis is a science-wiz in a wheel chair bent on world domination by his "will" (he can telekinetically manipulate objects) and a money-spinning pharmaceutical company that secretly makes killer viruses, labeled as, um, "Virus". The baddies’ "other" scheming experimentation are human/animals cross-breed henchmen (Manimals? actually they are called "Maanwars"), who look like they came out of a Commander Safeguard episode. No, don't laugh. Sometimes they are as ridiculous as the animated anti-bacterial campaign.

The climax, which includes Kaal, the chief baddie played by an unblinking Vivek Oberoi in white-washed makeup and a tin-can ripped suit, has everything from "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" to Superman's tussle with Doomsday (keen-eyed comic fans can spot a referencing panel where Lois Lane is hugging Superman after the climactic battle that temporarily killed him).

Some of the visual effects produced by Mr. Khan's VFX house Red Chillies (also the team behind Ra.One) hit without impact or emotion despite being serious eye-candy. There is no rush when Krrish lands a plane, helps spread a vaccine for the infected (the virus labeled "Virus" sets out a contagion), or when he fends off multiple baddies who attack daddy dearest one night.

Stepping away from the action and the two other ho-hum songs by Mr. Roshan's brother Rajesh Roshan (and the Spider-Man inspired score by Salim-Sulaiman), "Krrish 3" manages the next to impossible by keeping one's attention fixed in place. Rohit is still at his most lovable, while Priya (Priyanka Chopra, so-so), is less annoying as the Lois Lane-esque (read: rip-off) reporter. Krishna has about as much lure as he did in "Krrish" (his superhero avatar fares none the better) while Kaal’s global agenda, and personal disposition, is as barefaced and single-dimensioned as Naseeruddin Shah’s evildoer from the last movie.

One of the better turns, however, was Kangana Renaut's Kaya – a shape shifter femme fatale with a woman's heart. While Ms. Renaut, or the rest of the cast, propose nothing new, Mr. Roshan’s Rohit and the family in trouble angle is enough to help whiz the nearly three hour slot away in a jiffy.

"Krrish 3" is family-friendly stereotypical entertainment. The formula only works every now and then; Mr. Roshan should thank his lucky stars that it did.

Released by Eros and Filmkraft Productions Pvt. Ltd

Directed by Rakesh Roshan; Screenplay by Honey Irani, Robin Bhatt, Akarsh Khurana, Irfan Kamal, Mr. Roshan (Story by Mr. Roshan); Produced by Mr. Roshan; Executive Produced by Shammi Saini; Production Design by Sabu Cyril; Choreography by Chinni Prakash, Raju Khan, Remo D’Souza; Action Choreography by Tony Ching Siu Tung, Sham Kaushal; Cinematography by S. Tirru; Editing by Chandan Arora; Music by Rajesh Roshan with Background Score by Salim and Sulaiman Merchant.

Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Vivek Oberoi.

"Krrish 3" is rated U/A for cartoony violence and half-baked threats. The film has product placements like you wouldn't believe.

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sanjeev Nov 09, 2013 01:53am

" ripped off from Marvel and DC comics and stick-glued together " - This is true and soul of the movie. I watched it for few minutes and I have to leave the seat and you will do the same if you watch x-men other Hollywood movies... 5 writers + 1 director = No creativity = copy from multiple Hollywood movies add few songs and rona-dhona, you got hindi movie.

lubna Nov 09, 2013 01:16pm

wow---what an obvious clumsy cut and paste from hollywood movies and a CHURBA (stolen copy)in every aspect but wow to indian public to make it a Hit .what else one can expect from bollywood where their legend Raj Kapoor was a copycat of Charlie Chaplin

Safi Nov 09, 2013 11:34pm

How different can super hero movies be but this 150 crore (ours 260 plus) budget is a serious indian home grown vfx that is incredibly global is a jaw dropping start n bollywood is now right there in the special effects arena. Pak film makers tackling serious arty subjects have no clue how to make a big budget serious commercial entertainment vehicle that holly n bolly wood have mastered in their own ways.

Anagraiz Nov 10, 2013 06:05am

Glad to see dawn rating movies. I gave it 4/5 as it was better than last movie and didnt make me fall asleep.

Anand Nov 10, 2013 08:34am

@lubna: Lubna, whether you copy or not people are for entertainment.

You said Raj Kapoor was copy cat of Charlie Chaplin. Yes as far as dress is concerned most of his movies was similar to CC. However the movies were adored equally in India, Pakistan, Russia and parts of Eastern Europe. There were messages in the stories, melodious songs and messages.

How many such songs and stories did you find n Charlie Chaplin movies?

Please have a positive eye and look at the world and learn admiring each and everything.

Ayush Nov 10, 2013 09:31am

Rakesh Roshan, in Koi Mil Gaya, sent SOUND WAVES into space to contact aliens. What more can be said about the movie and the standard of science fiction that he subscribes to? Obviously the rest of the series is going to be as professional as an Indian Scientist of repute(Rakesh Roshan in Koi Mil Gaya) seriously telling NASA scientists that he sent Sound Waves into space and managed to contact aliens. I expressly request all viewers to please boycott this series for the sake of the future of science fiction in India.

Ad Zad Nov 10, 2013 11:25am

@lubna: Dont think you have watched any Raj Kapoor movies. Shows your ignorance. If Pakistan had even one film maker with 10% of Raj Kapoor's skills, we would have been boasting. For information of ignorants like you, Raj Kapoor made only socially relevant movies, none of his movies were comedies.

Irfan Nov 10, 2013 12:49pm

Indian industry is The biggest in the world zone as far as No-of-Movies are concerned. My only question to their gurus-and-pundits is "When are you guys planning to start something of your own"...something original?

Dipti Nov 10, 2013 03:24pm

@lubna: Coming from a country where the film industry is called 'Lollywood' that's a laugh!

hira Nov 10, 2013 10:19pm

very very very nice film i dont realy do not like krish1 and krish2 but krish 3 amasing totley

raja hindustani Nov 10, 2013 11:27pm

@lubna: Pakistan most prestigious newspaper 'Dawn' is publishing Bollywood movies preview. Bollywood movies are making millions in Pakistani theaters. Who really cares what you think..???

AO Nov 11, 2013 09:27am

Oh wow...half of the inspirations you speak of don't make the slightest of sense, and speaks more on the part of insecurity. The only blantant plagiarism here is the way you repeat the words of other reviewers. Krrish does not get his powers from the sun. If you can't get that part right, there's no point explaining the rest. Also, please at least get the actors names' right. It is Ranaut, not Renaut.

Jeeves Nov 11, 2013 10:45am

O.K. Pakistani friends - It may be rip-off and scientifically or logically true. But considering the Indian masses and the common knowledge and aptitude, Krrish 3 has done a decent job. If the film makers make a film like Minority report or Total Recall - half of the Indians would not understand what is happening.

Linkagoal Nov 11, 2013 01:55pm

It seems like they copied some ideas from one place to another and made a movie, nothing impressive about it, though you might have fun watching it in Cinemas ;)

Avinash Nov 11, 2013 04:40pm

Like all its contemporaries it suffers for lack of both logic and soul. Long ago before Sholay Bollywood cinema was a fine gentleman who got kidnapped for ransom by greedy capitalists. With death of commonsense none cared to free It and soon it fell sick and eventually met death in the next two decades after being bludgeoned mercilessly by box-office. Now mainstream Hindi cinema is like a dead groom in wedding decor and the guests are all zombies. Hrishikesh Mukherjee was the last who made cinema for living people.

ajay Nov 11, 2013 05:49pm

@Irfan: Look who is commenting about origionality, when you own movie Main huin Shahid Afridi is 100% copy of Chakde India.

sanjeev Nov 11, 2013 07:46pm

@Safi: I am not saying it's bad movie or technically below standard, not at all. We need to discuss different issues in different context.

I - How different can super hero movies --> Well, then in that case one can not claim for creativity. Problem with Bollywood movies is that focus is just on business, have you seen so called 100 crore club movies... 80% of those are crap. Business, creativity & message can goes along each other in same movie, depends what's motive of maker.

II - 150 crore (ours 260 plus) budget is a serious indian home grown vfx that is incredibly global standards... --> Perhaps (perhaps) movie makers idea was to show special effects to desi people, and in that context goals are achieved.... but there is difference between inspiring from something and copying something.... when a movie maker copies from somewhere in that case comparison is natural. So to avoid such comparison, movie maker's creativity hunger / ability comes into picture.

In 60/ 70/ 80 /90 's such copying could work, but now when hollywood movies releases same day in India, how can you expect one to stop comparing...

No one is saying its bad movie or below standard movie but can you give me one scene in movie which you can suggest is original :).

If it's just business so expect money but not for appreciation about how creative is movie-maker.

sanjeev Nov 11, 2013 11:49pm

@ajay: does that mean if an Indian comment on Krrish 3 that's okay but a if a Pakistani says says same words, then it's a problem for you? that's amazing... reply from you. how would a viewer in Pakistan is different form viewer in India?