By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service
Film: "Krrish"; Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Rekha,
Naseeruddin Shah; Directed by: Rakesh Roshan; Rating: ***
Is it a bird, it is a plane? No it's Hrithik Roshan!!!
It's not enough to say that Hrithik is one of the best actors of the
country. Extraordinary is the word for the measured manner in which he
glides through the air to the beat of Rajesh Roshan's rather-vapid
songs... or cuts through the breeze to the stunning special effects
created with a verve so-far unknown to Indian cinema.
"Krrish" takes us into the world of masked fantasy where the stakes
are incredibly high... as high as the computer-generated leaps that the
super-hero takes as he tries to save the world from the clutches of a
megalomaniacal villain with a glint in his eyes that can only belong to
Though there's a sense of slackening in the earlier portions of the
lengthy narrative, the last lap of this luscious voyage into comic-book
fantasy is undertaken in a spirit of complete conviction and
You can't miss the sign posts. We've seen so many Bollywood heroes
doing heart-in-the-mouth stunts. But never in an Indian film have we
seen a hero look so elegant and relaxed as he glides over water and
mountains to vanquish the power-crazy villain.
Though the scripting in the first half reveals signs of formulistic
fatigue (scenes where the village-bred Hrithik tries to spook the
globe-trotting journalist Priyanka Chopra are straight out of a Joy
Mukherjee-Asha Parekh musical from the 1960s), the second half revs up
proceeds to an exceeding high, precipitating the kind of action and
thrills that have so far been alien to Hindi cinema.
The scripting in the second half, specially the portions that show
Krrish's father (Hrithik doing a double role) and the villain reading
the future to see their own impending deaths, are masterstrokes of
Quaintly Rakesh Roshan mixes old formulistic conventions with sights
and sounds never seen before. The synthesis is not just inviting but
also enticing in ways that re-define the cult of kitsch and escapism in
It's not enough to get technicians from abroad to do the action.
Other Hindi films have tried it before. But none with the élan of
Hrithik Roshan as he glides across the frames in strides that replicate
the measured might of a panther.
Make no mistake, "Krrish" belongs to Hrithik Roshan. He again
displays his skills at dancing, fighting, emoting and just being
comfortable with the camera without once letting the sweat of the toil
trickle into the frames. Here's an actor who stubbornly re-defines the
concept of screen heroism with every performance.
In "Krrish", Hrithik is required to make the transition from a
simpleton in the village with superpowers to a masked crusader in
Bangkok. He brings to the film's fantasy element a kind of innocence
underlined by a subtle swagger that furnishes the duality of the masked
character the musk of masculinity and vulnerability. His initial
romantic sequences in a designer-dhoti with Priyanka Chopra are
endearing. The two make a believable pair. However, Priyanka is
unnaturally subdued, the fire doused by the overall dynamics of the
Hrithik's scenes with his screen-grandmom Rekha exude warmth, though
it's hard to accept Rekha as a grand-mom.
Naseeruddin Shah as Hrithik's opponent is so cool you wish there was
more of him. Priyanka Chopra's character represents the reluctant
forces of cut-throat ambition that threaten all the heroic innocence of
the supernaturally blessed hero.
We've seen it before in "Superman", "Batman" and "King Kong". But
our "Krrish" has something extra-special those films didn't. Hrithik
Bollywood.com Rating: 3.5