By: By Lata Khubchandani
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 23 June 2006
Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra
The film is pure entertainment from the first instant. Rakesh Roshan, the director, allows himself the indulgence of a moral only after the love story is defined. Good vs evil is always an easy moral stance to take, and one which finds buyers [distributors] anytime anyplace. The Koi Mil Gaya story moves further and leaves the end open to move still further.
The masterstroke in this one was the return of Rohit, the supposedly dead hero of Koi Mil Gaya and father of Krrish. Roshan knows well the effect of an unexpected emotional reunion of this kind . And to give him his due, it worked. And the reasons for Rohit?s return too are plausible enough to not warrant ridicule.
Now to come to Hrithik. One can't say that the boy has grown as an actor because he hasn?t. He was a 200% actor right from Kaho Na Pyar Hai. And his forte is intensity, emotions as well as action, not to mention his dancing prowess, which is a given today. Now, if someday he starts singing his own songs, he?ll be an absolutely complete actor.
His good looks combined with an absolute sincerity of expression works so well that he has audiences charmed by him at once. The truth is - he isn?t faking the emotion either. He has obviously worked at feeling it and then expressing it. And the result is effective, to say the least.
This is the story of a superhero, who is first human and then a being with extraordinary powers that make him strangely vulnerable and invulnerable at the same time. He is invincible from attack but human enough to feel pain.. He is strong enough to confront pain but human enough to be hurt. The character Hrithik plays is so appealing and requires such ability to eke out that one must acknowledge the boy?s acting prowess once again.
True, it is his home production and true, his father has directed him, but Hrithik?s is a performance that requires chewing on. It isn?t a mechanical one. And he rises even above the incredible special effects of the film.
As for the rest, one wishes Rekha would decide whether she?s young or old. The long nails and the studied mannerisms, combined with the shaky voice and slow gait, make her something of a travesty.
Naseeruddin shah plays the calculating shrewd scientist with panache and Priyanka Chopra does a decent job as a complementary leading lady. The film is sure to become a rage with kids.
For the minuses - it seems too long at times and you?ve to shrug yourself out of somnolence. There is a feeling of repititiveness at times.This brings about ennui and a feeling of predictability. But that?s splitting hairs for little or no reason. The film is a must-see just for the fun of seeing Hrithik take on the corrupt powers single-handedly.
If cinema has the freedom to go beyond the believable, Krrish certainly does that and does it believable. It is to Hrithik?s credit that he plays an unbelievable character believably.