Rakesh Roshan has pulled out all stops to make a film that will appeal to his Koi Mil Gaya target audience
By: Deepa Gahlot
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Monday 26 June 2006
Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra
Whatever happened to the breed of immensely gifted and resourceful special effects technicians, who, even in the silent era did wonderful things with rudimentary technology? Why can?t we come up with our own ideas and our own homegrown visual effects and create a superhero as Indian as Superman (Batman, Spiderman, etc too) is American?
Why is it that our sci-fi is still so primitive, that the villain (Naseeruddin Shah) in Krrish has to be a scientist who wants to make a computer that can see the future? How ridiculous is that! We are still like villagers who may wear foreign branded clothes, but our brains are still living in the distant past.
The fact is that that flying superheroes and supercomputers are still not our forte; emotion, romance, music, ritual is our specialty. If we want to impress the West?and our industry is desperate to?we have to find our own voice and visual imagery. China, Hong Kong and Japan did it, even tiny Nigeria did it, why are we such Hollywood wannabes?
It?s clear that Rakesh Roshan has pulled out all stops to make a film that will appeal to his Koi Mil Gaya target audience, that is kids and Indian masses not exposed to international cinema. That the film will do well is a given. It has its likeable elements, but screenplay is not one of them. Cutting-pasting from dozens of foreign films is hardly creativity.
Hrithik Roshan, playing Krishna, who has inherited his special powers from his father (Rohit from Koi Mil Gaya, who got them from Jadoo the blue-skinned alien), is not really able to make a convincing transition to Krrish, the masked, black leather clad superhero.
Since Roshan tries to blend sci-fi with Indian sentiments, a lot of time in the film is devoted to Krishna?s relationship with his grandmother (Rekha) and romance with the bimbette TV reporter Priya (Priyanka Chopra) ? which, ironically, is more entertaining than is masked hero act.
When the film shifts to Singapore where Krrish takes over, there is not enough time left to develop his secret superman persona. Krrish is not a dark alter ego to the innocent hick Krishna, he is just Krishna in different clothes.
Maybe it will need another sequel to kick start Krrish?s career as a masked crusader and see his full powers as a superhero. As an introduction to a future franchise, Krrish is an attempt that works. But with all that money and expertise going into it, the film should have been something more-- not just a trick-n-treat for kids.