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Diwali cracker [Financial Express (India)]

November 8, 2013


These are early days yet for Indian superheroes but such creative flourishes as can be seen in Krrish 3 suggest that the evolution, if the market forces support it, will be rapid.

With a superhero looming large on Mumbai's skyline, it is difficult, if not impossible, to turn your attention to anything beyond Hrithik Roshan's earnest Krishna act. Sharply turned out in a Matrix style ensemble with his vivid green eyes scanning the horizon for any sign of trouble,


seems as competent for the job of saving the world, as any of his Hollywood contemporaries. Hrithik Roshan deserves credit for having carried the film so far on his well-honed shoulders.

From the early murmurs in the trade circles,

Krrish 3

has got off to a flying start " 90 per cent pan India occupancy" which, given Hrithik's popularity among kids, decisive component of the family audience, is not surprising at all.

Director/producer Rakesh Roshan with some clever screenplay tries to bridge the gap between modernity and tradition. What he has come up with, is an interesting mix with Indian mythology seguing into Star Trek. Sure, the

maanwars, naach gaana

and the family drama may take some getting used to, but the painstaking effort at creating a story that marries Bollywood narrative style with the worldwide superhero template is laudable.

Krrish 3

also has an interesting scientific twist to the two brothers separated by birth formula.

One has heard the litany of woes about all that is lacking in our superheroes" armour but nevertheless, this coming together of the Hindi film formula together with Hollywood's superhero formula makes for a fascinating subject.

Considering the fact that sci-fi and superhero flicks make for a rather expensive niche in Hindi cinema it would only be fair to give sincere experiments in the space a certain creative latitude. Let's face it, Hollywood films are light years ahead of us in cinematic technology that is the backbone for animation, sci-fi and fantasy films. And these are early days yet for Indian superheroes but such creative flourishes as can be seen in

Krrish 3

suggest that the evolution, if the market forces support it, will be rapid.

Because what Bollywood is manifesting in these films is ambition. Unbridled ambition which at this stage may be hamstrung by inadequate budgets. What it also means is that Bollywood, is willing and eager to make a world class Indian film. Sure we may still be quite some distance from the Great Indian Dream but the fact that we have started with baby steps is rather encouraging.

Considering that the VFX in the film is world class and most of it has been done at Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies facility, the birthday boy certainly deserves credit for doing his bit for Indian cinema.


Speaking of birthdays and superheroic efforts, it was that other Scorpio Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Bollywood's supermom at large who impressed. After wowing the world with her near perfect beauty, she is now the perfect mom and home-maker besides being the face of several charitable causes and ads too. Looking resplendent in a red Abu-Sandeep ensemble, Aishwarya was the happiest speaking of her little moppet Aaradhya. Clearly this is one yummy mummy who is likely to snap a role sooner than later.

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