I was going to wait to see it's predecessor 'Koi...Mil Gaya' before doing my review, but I've decided it's probably best to do a review focusing on what 'Krrish' really was - a stand alone superhero movie.

'Krrish' marks the entry of the superhero in the Hindi film industry. It starts off as a love story, switches gears to become a traditional superhero saga and concludes as a clash between the virtuous and the corrupt. Right from the opening reels to its conclusion ‘Krrish’ keeps you riveted to the screen. It ticks all the “superhero” boxes including missing parents; looked after by elderly family; struggling to come to terms with ones power/keep identity hidden; pursued by a megalomaniac villain on a conquest to take over the... I think you get the picture.

'Krrish' is out an out Hrithik Roshan's film. He possesses the right mix of brawn, youthful exuberance, grit and emotional vulnerability required for the role. When he flies, glides, walks through fire, you don’t doubt it - you simply believe it and you believe in him. That Hrithik can act is a given: he’s strong, intelligent, sincere, and has bucket loads of integrity – this shines through in 'Krrish' and works because of him. He has the body of an Adonis and simply looks phenomenal. In flashback sequences where he doubles as his father (Rohit from the prequel) he again proves his mettle portraying a gifted person with a child-like manner.

But that is not to undermine the performances by Priyanka Chopra, Rekha and Naseeruddin Shah. Priyanka enters into the big league with 'Krrish' and though she does not have much to do in the film, she proves her utility in romantic scenes in beautiful locations. Rekha shines as the overprotective daadee, and her and Hrithik's scenes were powerful and sincere.

Though the first half may seem a common love story, it's the second half that holds your attention as the drama unfolds. The biggest advantage of the film is that the plot begins to gather momentum post-interval during a flashback trip, and from thereon, it's a different film altogether! The fight between good and evil, noble and the immoral is depicted in the most convincing fashion.

This movie stretches reality, but it works. With state of the art special effects and authentic eastern wire-work reminscent of such movies like 'Crouching Tigger, Hidden Dragon' and 'House of Flying Daggers', the package is very attractive. It is the action and stunts that stand out throughout the movie. Krrish’s giant leaps, his upward somersaults in the air, his skidding through the trees in the forest and his speedy movements are beautifully choreographed.

Bollywood through and through, 'Krrish' is a noble and innovative attempt at a typically alien genre. It contains love and romance, melodrama, songs and dance, and the rest in ample abundance, and at it's heart is a thoroughly entertaining fun-filled flick. Credit for all of this has to go to Rakesh Roshan, the movie’s writer, producer and director. Roshan senior has made a quality product – a film that lays foundation for other films of similar genre. My only advice is that you may want to actually take in 'Koi...Mil Gaya' first, as I think it would make the science fiction element of the film more realistic or at the very least give you some explaination into that piece of the filmi puzzle.

5 Response to "Krrish"

  1. bollywooddeewana says:
    May 23, 2009 at 2:46 AM

    Like you, i saw this first and still haven't seen koi mil gaya, but this as you've said can stand on its own two feet. I really loved the idea of the superhero being well in touch with his weakness, and even crying I loved the chori chori chupke chupke song a lot

  2. shell says:
    May 23, 2009 at 7:17 AM

    I watched Koi...Mil Gaya last night, and while it made more sense of the extraterrestrial element, both of them are exceptional movies in their own right.

  3. Bhargav Saikia says:
    May 23, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    I found Krissh strangely entertaining! lol

    This is what Bollywood makes us do..suspend all kinds of beliefs and get immersed in whatever that is happening on the screen! :D

    There are exceptions though..Love Story 2050 and the likes!

  4. Jules says:
    May 23, 2009 at 10:16 PM

    I liked how he seemed to gain more and more power the closer he got in proximity to his Father. Plus, sorry if it seems shallow, but how hot is Hrithik in all that black leather and mask!?

  5. shell says:
    May 24, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    @ Bhargav Saikia - The purpose of movies is to enterain, even if we have to shut off our mind every once in a while. I've heard that Love Story 2050 was a train wreck, though there are still people out there that liked it, I'm sure.

    @Jules - I wonder if that was the intention of the story or just a coincidence. As far as superhero customes go, it wasn't bad! The coat looked MUCH better inside out. Can you ever really go wrong with black leather anyway?