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#KRRISH3: The UKAsian Review - THE KISS OF KRRISH!!

Krrish

It should be called ‘Krrish 2’ but director Rakesh Roshan is probably paying tribute to Sylvester Stallone who called the third film in his ‘one man army’ series ‘Rambo 3’ even though the previous two films were called ‘First Blood’ and ‘Rambo’ respectively.

Like its title, ‘Krrish 3’ makes no sense but is it nonsense?

The film begins with a voiceover (yes, it’s the ‘Big B’ boring us with THAT voice again) recapping the events of the original (‘Koi…Mil Gaya’) and its sequel (‘Krrish’).

We meet the elder, paunchy Rohit (Hrithik Roshan, in white make-up and a pillow under his shirt) who is trying to invent a pen-light with life-giving powers as ‘light gives life’.

When he is not experimenting, Rohit enjoys his cup of ‘Bournvita’ (spot the product placement folks).

We then re-encounter the black leather clad masked flying ‘Krrish’ (Hrithik Roshan).

He prevents an A380 superjumbo AIR KING from crashing (damn) at Mumbai airport by using his gym-bunny body as the landing gear.

In his daily life ‘Krrish’ is Krishna, an ex-security guard (he caught some black robbers) who is married to Priya (Priyanka Chopra) who has an annoying habit of referring to him as ‘oh husband!’ (in case we, the audience, did not realise they were married).

Priya throws a surprise birthday party for him in a nightclub which is just a plot contrivance to get her in the shortest dress ever (yum) and for them to sing n shake to the rather silly ‘Raghupati Raghav’ song.

When a deadly virus outbreak starts wiping out most of the population of India, Krrish must defeat Kaal (Vivek Oberoi) who looks like a cross between Stephen Hawking and Dracula, and his team of mutants.

Kaal created the outbreak in order to sell the antidote for billions of dollars. His motley crew of ‘manimals’ (‘fusion is the future’) include a feisty female chameleon Kaya (Kangna Ranaut) and an ice-cream thieving lizard.

As the virus gets into the Mumbai water supply, people start dying; the Indian government becomes ‘weakened considerably’.  

Will the ‘GOOD’ Krrish be able to defeat the ‘EVIL’ Kaal? Plot complex, eh?  

Director Roshan has created a ‘masala’ mix of almost every Hollywood superhero blockbuster (‘Iron Man, Spiderman, The Incredibles, X Men, Superman, E.T, shall I go on?) suitably ‘Indianised’ for its intended audience.

It references the ancient Hindu text of the Mahabharata in order to explain the existence of mutants and it even throws in the Indian belief in reincarnation as ‘love never dies’. At least he did not have to explain what the ‘Milky Way’ is as he had to do in the original.  

The usual bolly-oddities remain.

Yes, it is half an hour too long. The dialogue is cheesy (‘Bravo Krrish! Super Krrish! Well done Krrish!). It is stuffed with product placements: look out for the logo of a certain website in the big shopping mall fight climax.

Rajesh Roshan (brother of Rakesh) has composed a disposable soundtrack. Singer Alisha Chinai sounds really weird in the big romantic duet ‘Dil Tu Bataa’ which is picturised on the singing superhero and the chameleon mutant. You see ‘Kaya’ is now in love as apparently all a woman, including a female mutant chameleon, needs is one kiss from a man to change her true colours from imposter ‘biwi’ to wannabe babymaking wife as Priya is now pregnant.   

That said, the performances are suitably earnest with Hrithik pulling out all the stops yet again.

He even exposes his eight pack stomach (freaky) and Calvin Klein underwear on several occasions. Priyanka has a thankless role as the dutiful wife; she acquits herself commendably.

It is Kangana Ranut as the chameleon who impresses with a ballsy kick-ass performance. Vivek Oberoi is suitably over the top and laughable in places with his catchphrase which is anything but catchy. Mogambo, he ain’t.

Director Roshan keeps the action moving as there’s never a dull moment. Best of all are the set SFX action pieces which are ‘mind-blowing yaar’ and as good as anything seen in a Hollywood movie.  

To date, with the exception of a few superhero films, Hollywood studios have been unable to crack the massive and potentially lucrative Indian domestic box-office. Bollywood has hit back with its own singing and dancing ‘man of steel’.

To quote the baddie Kaal: ‘I like it!’

- Dr Anil Sinanan is an Oxford Educated Trinidadian, a European Law specialist at London Metropolitan University and a Bollywood fanatic.  He has been the Time Out London FIlm Critic since 2003. 

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