Thursday, June 29, 2006

Krrish review

It takes time, effort, money and liberal doses of cinematic madness to create a blockbuster. Krrish has all the first 3 but it falls behind on the fourth and thats where I still think Mr.India still remains India's best superhero movie till date. Yes of course Anil Kapoor with all the hair on his body cant match Hrithik in prowess. But then you cant expect Rakesh Roshan to match Shekhar Kapoor.

Rakesh Roshan is one of those directors that typified the mediocre 80s of Bollywood. All his movies had good plots but the execution was over the top, melodramatic and sometimes vulgar. Kala Bazaar, Khudgarz, Khoon Bhari Maang, Kishen Kanhaiya, Karan Arjun were all hits but they were engaging in parts. They also had the useless Nitin Mukesh singing in his nasal voice. People crib about Himessh but Nitin was horrible. He actually made good songs sound bad.
But things changed once Hrithik arrived. Rakesh managed to spruce up his act to catapult his son in arguably the best hero debut ever on Indian screens with Kaho na Pyaar Hai. Then came Koi Mil Gaya , threats from the underworld and now Krissh. Hrithik was firmly established as a kids hero although he still has to deliver a big hit without his dad.

Well if you go to Krish expecting slam bang superhero type action and thrills, you will be very disappointed. Its basically a masala movie where the action only comes for 15 minutes. But those 15 minutes are worth the price of the ticket. In an amazing combination of Singapore darshan, special effects and pure adrenalin, Hrithik jumps , flies and zooms over busy Singapore streets in those pulsating few minutes which leaves you craving for more.
Coming back to the rest of the masala. The movie starts well with Rekha raising her grandson with Bournvita and Tide washing powder ( product placements) wearing stiff Kanchipurams and lush lipstick. And in true old Amitabh fashion, the boy transforms into an adult in the background of chasing a horse. deja vu . Then comes a boring phase where Hrithik plays Tarzan jumping around trees and talking to animals. Priyanka Chopra plays a bungee jumping tourist who accidentally jumps into his arms and the customary love story begins. The Bahadur comedy track is funny in parts and Manini De as her friend manages some infectious comic timing. Pretty Chopra suffers a bad Sridevi hangover for the first half as if she had seen Mr.India many times to rehearse for a superhero movie. Well the superhero wants to go to Singapore but his overprotective grandmom tells him the story of how his father was mercilessly exploited for his prowess by an evil IT head who wanted to build a computer to see the future. But finally she relents when Hrithik promises not to display his powers publically.
The second half actually has some deft touches of screenplay. The Chinese circus artist as an alibi that Hrithik uses , the fire at the circus and return of Sharat Saxena livens up proceedings. The parts where Priyanka Chopra tries to showcase Hrithik's powers to save her job at Star News is not funny. ( Again here you are reminded of Mr.India. But Annu Kapoor as a mad boss and Archana Puran Singh are poles apart. I still laugh at those scenes where Annu meets but doesnt see Mr.India) . Plus the suspense is too tame and the action is very shortlived. Naseer as the villain is half baked and not sinister enough for a superhero film. And the music both songs and background score sucks big time. You wish Rakesh Roshan had used someone better than his brother.
Krissh will make tons of money. Its already grossed Rs.100 Cr. It was promoted and marketed well. But it could have been a bigger and better blockbuster. Alassssshhhhhhhhhh....


At 8:37 PM, Blogger Parth said...

Dekha baaki hai, but the songs aren't terrible. I think they aren't upto the mark, but surely, they aren't trash.

At 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

okie! i saw d film....
i hav only 1 piece of advice ppl:
if u like som high quality cinema...AVOID
the film is trash...i didin hav any high expectations when i went to see the film...was jus lookin for som smalltime entertainment
but the film failed to do even that
priyanka's acting is completely bullshit
hritick is depictin a waste of som good talent
n the whole film fails to grab ones attention for even 10min!!!
so only i thing i can say is AVOID


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