Sunday, October 01, 2006

Krrish


Krrish, Rakesh Roshan's sequel to his Close Encounters of the Third Kind/E.T/Spider-man rip-off, Koi Mil Gayaa, is being advertised as Indian cinema's first superhero tale. It is good start for the genre and gives us a superhero easy to root for. But one wishes it gave us more of its superhero and less of its romantic hero.

The film initially reminds us of Tarzan more than anything else. As Hrithik saves Priyanka by flying from tree to tree, enters her camp at night or amazes her by summoning the birds by cooing to them, they might as well have been named Tarzan and Jane. The romance is perfunctory and its only the comedy element, where Priyanka is made to think Hrithik is a ghost, that keeps the film afloat.

I'm not sure there's been another superhero tale where the superhero enters the picture so late! Sure we see that Krishna has superpowers but Krrish makes an appearance well into the second half only. While we do catch glimpses of Krishna's special abilities in the first half, romance plays the bigger part there. So action lovers have to wait.

As a superhero story, Krrish does the job and the basic ingredients that go into any superhero story have been done well. The reason behind Krrish having super powers, the necessity of it being a secret identity, the origins of the mask (and why it is rather incomplete), the presence of a villain with grand plans - the movie gets its basics right. The only problem is that the bad guy isn't powerful enough to make a strong enough villain for a superhero. Naseer's plans may be megalomaniacal but he isn't. So the film lacks that grand, final showdown.

If Koi Mil Gayaa was a showcase for Hrithik the actor, Krrish is a showcase for Hrithik the stud. As he runs in slo-mo with his muscles rippling and his hair flying behind him, he seems to be modelling for an ad rather than acting in a film. As the camera lingers over his body in the sleeveless, low-cut vests, it almost feels like softcore porn for women! He overdoes the "I'm-so-good-and-innocent" schtick at a couple of places but looks the part as the superhero. Priyanka tries hard to be funny but is no natural. She is more believable when she is serious but is given little to do in the second half. The actress playing her friend and Archana Puran Singh, who plays her boss, take top honors in the overacting department.

One of the advantages of Krrish making a late appearance is that the special effects don't feel overdone. Rakesh Roshan hasn't been overambitious and so whats on screen is good. Hrithik's biggest power is being able to jump over long distances and those have been handled well since they look quite smooth. Since he is superstrong, his fights are pretty one-sided but enough visual tricks have been used to keep them interesting.

10 Comments:

At 10:46 PM, Anonymous ram said...

ena bb, ipdi oru bland review?! hindi padathuku neengalum end madhiri oru padi kammi enthu vechu thaan paapengalaa?!

btw, archana puran singh-> isnt she that prof from Kuch Kuch...? if so, has she ever not overacted...! coz i remember seeing her in some tamil movie (i forget which) a while ago and wanted to do the "naalu saathu saathanum" routine!

 
At 8:40 AM, Blogger rads said...

Krrish didn't do much for me
Liked your description of Hrithik's muscles et al :-)))

 
At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why is it all india movie professors/lecturers/principals(princepaals) have to overact?

 
At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Shwetha said...

Balaji, since u do catch and review an occasional hindi flick, you must watch Lage Raho Munnabhai. It is a laff riot and feel good movie with a message, without being preachy. Sanjay Dutt and Arshar Warsi are terrific and so is Vidya Balan (from Parineeta) who plays the heroine. DO check it out. Adults and kids were falling out of their seats while laughing so hard. Most hindi films dont get the humor quotient right and I always feel that tam films are miles ahead in that dept. But this one does full justice to the comedy genre.

 
At 9:13 PM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan said...

this one is a tarzan/paycheck mix

:)

 
At 1:26 AM, Blogger Kaps said...

Looks like IMC is going to expand:
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/15647076.htm
Good for you :))

 
At 10:54 AM, Blogger anjali said...

Hi Balaji,

Off-topic here, but I wondered if you had heard about this:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/287261_tamil02ww.html

Reading the comments is equally as interesting, wondering what other people had to say about it.

 
At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Anjali, have you ever heard of the saying "Arandavanukku Irunda-dhellaam pEi" (for those who don't know what that means "He, who is already frightened, everything black and dark he sees, is a ghost").. such is the case within the U.S. now. I don't blame anybody here, basically because fear uproots any semblence of logic and reasoning. Hey, I am Indian and I keep looking all around me when I go to heavily crowded public places (especially the airport!). Why should anybody else be any different from me? Such is the world that we live in. I shudder to think what our sons and daughters will have to face as they grow up in the cruel, insecure world! :-(

Kaps, I don't know if you know but IMC put up a small banner ad a while back that there was going to be a new theater in Fremont shortly. Don't know what became of that (because nothing really came out of it!). Even though it looks like the very very old Park Theater in Fremont(which used to be the old Naz on Fremont Blvd., the first theater to screen a tamil movie in the Bay Area in 1993) has been remodeled and has been screening Telugu movies (and shortly Tamil movies as well!). This 'new IMC theater in the South Bay' has been on the cards for quite some time. It's just getting print space now! :-)

 
At 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice, insightful review.

 
At 7:22 PM, Blogger anjali said...

sandya, i definitely agree. the question is not whether or not some form of racial profiling occurred, but how to combat the causes of such an incident. terrorism comes in many faces, but it is so easy to fear what is unknown. i thought that the story affecting someone of our own community shows that the latest waves of violence leave no one spared. thanks for your insight and i too fear what sort of paranoia may take over our society. again balaji, sorry to bring something off-topic here!

 

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