Krrish! Krrash! Hrithik in a flash!

 

In the most recent episode of the HBO series Entourage that aired in the U.S. last weekend, Vince and his buddies go through opening day of the actor’s big budget release  Aquaman, tracking the opening grosses and comparing them to the opening weekend of Spiderman.   Initially, only E is interested in how the two movies compare, but by the time the 28 minutes of the show have run their course, everyone is looking over their shoulder at Peter Parker’s red and blue stretchy-suited alter ego.  

I had a similar sensation at Krrish tonight, at the 10 p.m. and final showing of the night at the local Indian multiplex.   (By the way, I must find out if  this is the first time a big Bollywood release has opened in the U.S. a full day before India, and why.)   The action hero scenes shot amid the high-rises of Singapore called to mind Spiderman, while Krrish’s movements and fight scenes themselves were a melange of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Matrix.   Not that that’s an entirely bad thing; we all know how often Bollywood takes its inspiration from other movies.   Of  all three of the aforementioned movies, I’d say that technically Krrish  approaches Crouching Tiger most: there’s a lot of running and climbing by hopping quickly from one place to another, when not bouncing off trees, branches and  bodies of water.  

Krrish is the story of Krishna, the son of Rohit Mehra, the character that Hrithik Roshan played in Koi Mil Gaya.   He has the same magical powers that his special father did, and, growing up parentless, Krishna has been raised by his grandmother, played by Rekha.   (It was  a surprise for me to see her with grey streaks in her hair and the stiff gait of a woman in her 70s, given her recent, wince-inducing appearance  in Bachke Rehna Re Baba and her item number as the heavy-lidded, somewhat fleshy  vamp in Parineeta.)  

 

Grandmother and grandson have lived an idyllic and isolated existence up in the green hills and mountains of Manali.   She wants to  protect him, as she believes it was her son’s powers, and the evil intentions of a Dr. Arya (portrayed with relish by Naseeruddin Shah)  that led to his death.   All goes as planned until a camping group of young people shows up, including two Singapore-based friends, Honey and Priya (the doe-eyed Priyanka Chopra).   Priya, out paragliding, gets into trouble when she lands high up in a tree and Krishna amazingly is able to fly to the top and carry her to safety.   It doesn’t take long before he’s in love with her.   Aside from the ridiculous amount of ear-splitting screaming that Priya does, the scene does convey well the amazement  between two people as they stare into each other’s eyes that something is happening.

Priya and  Honey return to Singapore and their jobs at a television network.    Having stayed away five days longer than allowed, they are about to be fired by the boss (Archana Puran Singh, doing her customary Hot Aunty role, with a dollop of Bossy Harpy thrown in) when Honey has a brainwave: they’ll get Krishna to come to Singapore and film his superpowers, and by getting this scoop, they’ll be saved.   Priya lies to Krishna, telling him if he doesn’t come right away and meet her mother, she’ll be married off to someone else.  

Though he’s stated he’d never leave his grandmother, he gets her approval and shows up at the Singapore airport in his father’s dorky, I’m-with-the-Gestapo-geek-squad trench coat.   While he takes up temporary residence in the metropolis, Priya’s efforts to trick him into performing on film fail, but she finds herself falling in love with the muscular but unassuming hunk.   Before leaving home, his grandmother extracts a promise from Krishna that he will never use his powers in front of people, but when a fire breaks out at a  circus,  he feels compelled to step in and save lives, so  he dons a black mask and turns the nerdy coat inside out to reveal a shiny leather trench straight from  the costume cupboard of The Night Porter.  

And Krrish is born.

While Krishna’s  romancing Priya and saving children from a burning tent, his father’s crooked business partner and megalomaniac, Dr. Arya,  is  on the verge of recreating Krishna’s father’s invention: The Computer that Allows  You to See the Future.   You know that the paths of these two men will cross as the story comes to a climax.  

So this is Hindi cinema’s first superhero movie, such a newsworthy event that even the New York Times has written about it.   The budget is reported to have been between $7 and $10 million, and to prepare for the role, Hrithik Roshan trained  with Tony Ching Siu Tung (of The Hero and House of Flying Daggers) on how to do wire stunts.   The training and the green-eyed boy’s natural grace lend a gliding fluidity to the action scenes.

The only other movies I’d seen Hrithik Roshan in were K3G and Lakshya.   In this movie too, he has several opportunities to show off his dancing ability and he is a joy to watch.   The Dil Na Diya number has shades of Ek Pal Ka Jeena for the way it highlights Hrithink’s footwork.   His face is quite compelling to behold too.   Technically, you would think that a nose as long as his would be a strike against him, but somehow, it works, probably because you find yourself – when he’s in close-ups – staring at his eyes and trying to figure out which order the concentric circles of brown, light gold and green appear.   His pre-Singapore wardrobe could have included some long- or short-sleeved shirts; he spent that entire part of the film in a sleeveless sweater/shirt and soon in you think “Ok, we get it, he’s got big muscles!”   I found the long hair distracting in some scenes.   Early on, it was ruffled and curly and went well with the whole quasi-Tarzan thing Krishna had going on, but in other scenes, where it was straighter and darker, it just seemed off, and at one point I thought to myself “That’s the same hairstyle Monica Lewinsky had for a time!”  

Priyanka Chopra plays The  Beautiful Girlfriend role well enough, but it’s not a terribly taxing one.   Her Singapore wardrobe consisted of several outfits that included several pairs of pretty low-slung jeans, the lowest I’ve seen in a Bollywood movie so far.

Product placement was all over: Tide detergent (also prominent in Chup Chup Ke), Lays chips, Samsung electronics and Bournavita.

The soundtrack is enjoyable enough, moreso than that of KANK I’d say, but there are no WOW! moments, where you think “I’ve gotta get that number onto my iPod work-out playlist.”    One song – Chori Chori Chup Ke Chup Ke – comes from what I’d refer to as the filmi school of bullock carts,  flute and drums numbers (you know, the scene where the hero or heroine, or both, return to the countryside (think Veer-Zaara or even Pardesi Babu) and appreciate how beautiful it is.

See it or skip it?  

See it!   This movie is a first in Hindi film history, but bring a cushion, because it runs over three hours.   (The movie could have benefitted from less time with the evil Dr. Arya.)

Comments

  1. 34

    says

    hi Hrithik Roshan how are you love
    i love you so mach all my famly love your
    movies and you we all love you
    so mach i hope you are the
    best ok byee and i hope you ok
    and bye bye love and don’t forget me if you see
    me ok Hrithik Roshan ok byeeeeeeeeee and
    see you next timeHrithik Roshan take care of youself
    ok Hrithik Roshan bye have fun with all your
    movies ok love byeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  2. 36

    RAHEEL says

    Hritic is best in the bolly wood.He done all his film extremely fantastic.but in krrish he cros the limits.He is a absolutely mavalous person.I love him very much.

  3. 37

    irum says

    i love the film krrish i is amazing hritik was born to be fit and stronge. i would like to say to hritik,”keep up the good work, ur the best and i am ur biggest fan”.

  4. 38

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    I loved the music adn everything about this movie… it was alot of fun to watch and Priyanka really played her role well and Hritic is just a “born star” everything he touches turns to gold….

  5. 43

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    hello I am called Jhostin I am of Peru then between seeing pretty k tn you are then Priyanka not if you have mail because I leave my msm there you jostin_19_10 …. bye

  6. 44

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    hi hrithik i m your great fan.i would like to tell u that in second part of krish ,u should take any hiroene as a villan like terminator 3. dipika padukon as your new hiroene is very fit.

  7. 50

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    KRRISH , VERY SUPER HERO , SUPER HEROIN, SUPER HIT , SUPER LOVE ,
    SUPER DIRECTER , SUPER ALIEN , SUPER SPACE SHIP , FANTASTIC,EXCELLENT,
    AMAZING,MARVELOUS,MINDBLOWING MAGIC?!.

  8. 55

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    I think Hrithik Roshan should have long hair, well not like that in the pictures, but like, straight long hair, not wavy, that would look hot!

  9. 57

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    Wow, thanks for the heads-up on the “making of” feature; I really didn’t like the movie either (though I loved Main Aisa Kyun Hoon and the Ladakh scenery). If I can find it for a good price, I’ll buy it.

  10. 58

    jkmerengue says

    I have to make a confession. I really disliked Lakshya, despite wanting desperately to like anything by Farhan Akhtar (DCH was such a refreshing change from the norm), but I actually bought the double DVD disc just so that I could get the “Making of Main Aisa Kyon Hoon” featurette! SO pathetic of me…..however, I had been riveted by the scene when I first saw it in the theater and was determined to have a good copy of it. The footage of Hrithik working on the number with Prabhu Deva, and dancing side by side on occasion was alone worth the cost of the purchase :-)

  11. 59

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    Dawn, thanks for stopping by, and for your comments!

    DD, I thought he was AMAZING in Main Aisa Kyon Hoon! I think it’s the best dancing he’s ever done; like Fred Astaire come back to life and living in Bombay.

    He looked like he was able to make the bones of his legs disappear when he did some of those moves.

  12. 60

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    I’m curious, lady, what did you think of “Main Aisa Kyon Hoon” in Lakshya? I have to say, I think it smokes Dil Na Liya or Ek Pal Ka Jeena any day of the week… :)

  13. 63

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    Shoefi, have you seen any thamizh movies that you’d recommend?

    The last one I saw was Paramasivam during the winter and it was awful.

    It’s not a good sign that during the first minute of the movie, as you see the man adjusting something on a baby stroller that you say to your companion “He’s making a bomb”, and a minute later you see you’re right.

    And I can’t wait for KANK!

  14. 64

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    The thing that excites me most about Krrish is getting to see it in India. And I have never read so perfect a description of what happens to me whenever I see Hrithik’s face.

  15. 65

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    :) as good as your review is i think i’ll give this one a miss. i can only digest one hindi film at a time. with fanaa out i have to prepare myself for kank. but masala tamizh films – bring em on baby!

  16. 67

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    Wow…you already saw the movie. Its so damn hard to get the tickets here. But will try for the weekend.

    I shall be in NYC by mid-August..maybe we can go together to watch Karan Johar’s latest flick together. What say ?

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