Film Review: ‘Krrish 3’

'Krrish 3' Review: A Charming Bollywood

It's a bird ... it's a plane ... it's Bollywood's favorite mutant superhero, back for a silly but charming third round of outlandish adventures.

The silly, square and charming Bollywood superhero picture “Krrish 3” measures up pretty well, provided you bear in mind that it’s more of a kids’ movie than its U.S. counterparts. Already a huge hit in India the day after it opened, the brightly colored, upbeat film is a world and a worldview away from Christopher Nolan’s anti-heroic noir psychodramas, although writer-director Rakesh Roshan happily lifts an unmistakable blaring sound effect and a key Swiss mountaintop location from “Inception.” Grownups may find their eyelids sagging, but 10-year-olds should be enthralled.

No brooding and growling for this superhero: He is named after a Hindu god (and played by the director’s son, Hrithik Roshan, who looks like one) and his best bits have him doling out pearls of wisdom to wide-eyed preteen admirers. (“Every time you use your powers to help others, you are Krrish.” Like that.)

The series began with “Koi … Mil Gaya” (2003), a sort of Hindi “E.T.,” in which a Krishna-blue stumpy alien befriended a winsome disabled boy, Rohit Mehra, and transformed him into a genius. The younger Roshan seemed to have a great time playing non-stud muffin Rohit (and romancing Preity Zinta), and he did some of his best loose-limbed dancing in the nerd boy’s baggy trousers.

The 2006 sequel, “Krrish,” saw young Roshan, in full buffed-out splendor, establishing himself as a homegrown desi superhero, a mystery man who turned out to be Rohit Mehra’s mutant offspring. Zinta was replaced by the luscious Priyanka Chopra, and the film worked best as a sort of high-speed family melodrama, in which the coolest scene wasn’t a thunderous fight but a father-son reunion.

Roshan plays both roles again in “Krrish 3,” a more conventional comicbook movie in which a superbaddie named Kaal (Vivek Oberoi) attempts to unleash a deadly virus upon Mumbai. Kaal has whatever powers seem to be needed in a given scene, and though confined to a wheelchair like Professor X, he has a Magneto-esque ability to attract metal, assembling a suit of super-armor from the flying floorboards of his lab (which unfortunately look like glued on sheets of tin foil).

The effects and action feel lightweight compared to those of Hollywood  or even the expensive, sci-fi-flavored Tamil headbangers of South Indian superstar Rajnikanth, such as “Sivaji the Boss” and “Enthiran.” That lightness, though, is part of the movie’s charm. There hasn’t been the slightest attempt to make the science-y stuff in the film feel authentic — not when daffy Rohit is building a Rube Goldberg device that can bring plants and possibly humans back to life out of sunlight, mirrors and a convenient silver wand that looks like a Sonic Screwdriver left over from “Doctor Who.”

All credit to “Krrish 3” for not being an audience-pummeling industrial product like most of Hollywood’s superhero films. It has the off-hand, anything-is-possible spirit of a children’s book or fairy tale.

Film Review: 'Krrish 3’

Reviewed at AMC Burbank Town Center 6, Burbank, Nov. 1, 2013. Running time: 135 MIN.

Production

(India) A Filmkraft Prods. Pvt. release. Produced by Rakesh Roshan. Executive producer, Shammi Saini.

Crew

Directed by Rakesh Roshan. Screenplay, Robin Bhatt, Honey Irani, Irfan Kamal, Akarsh Khurana, Rakesh Roshan; dialogue, Sanjay Masoom; story, Rakesh Roshan. Camera (color), S. Tirru; editor, Chandan Arora; music, Rajesh Roshan; lyrics, Sameer Anjan; choreographer, Raju Khan; production designer, Sabu Cyril; costume designers, Dipika Lal, Anirudh Singh; visual effects supervisors, Viral Thakkar, Prashant Thakur.

With

Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Vivek Oberoi. (Hindi dialogue)

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  1. Kavish Shama says:

    i think the reviewer is simply an asshole coz our critics nevr reviews any hollywood movie like that.hrithik roshan i a superb actor and does great jo than your bradd pitt,tom cruise o batman,superman.he has already received offers from hollywood but he i not accepting any.i Can bet his acting,physique,looks can beat any ae dactor in hollywood.Insian cinema is growing with great ideas, we have already proved our worth so dont understimate the power of an indian…can beat u anytime.

    • amanth mika says:

      may be you should ask hrtk to accept those hollywood offers and you should also go along with him. we will have 2 less people to annoy us.

  2. Donna Hudgens says:

    I vote KRRISH 3 for the ACADEMY AWARD “BEST FOREIGN FILM”!!!! How can it not win…it’s the top money maker.. Hello???? The people have spoken…so listen to us for once???!!!

  3. Zaheer Abbas says:

    So bad Movie Koi mil gya and Krish is nice movies but Krish 3 has no story line just Visual effects same like Ra One

  4. vinay says:

    Krish 3 is horrifying movie not suitable for kids…please don’t put such super natural elements so much that children can’t digest….
    .very bad experience of this movie….try to make krish …..children friendly… vivek oberoi was a disaster in your movie…

  5. Amzad raza says:

    Krrish3 is best movie| I like this movie| it’s 1st part koi mil gaya is also my best movie in koi mil gaya I got many fun | it is superheroes movie I love superheroes| in this movie my best is the role of hrithik roshan it’s child like role is touching | my best actor is hrithik roshan | his action is my favourite

  6. Sushant says:

    part 2 of ra.one.. only VFX nd high tech. no definite story

  7. Sushant says:

    part 2 of ra.one .. no story only VFX nd high tech. useless film with no definite story

  8. jone says:

    Very very buckvas movie

  9. Donna says:

    Loved Krrish 3. It was filmed beautifully. I thought the entire team of K3 did an amazing job on the film. I was expecting nothing but the best (from watching all of Hrithik’s films) and I was NOT disappointed. He always delivers and it’s because the man is a GREAT ACTOR!!! I thought the storyline of K3 was very good and I ENJOYED the music…it fit the film perfectly. I it was an entirely well-rounded job on all parts. Even the villians couldn’t have done any better. Hrithik Roshan is one of the greatest actors our generaton. He has such range as an actor..just watch him in Krrish 3 then watch him in Guzarrish, Agneepath, Jodha Akbar, Lakshya, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Dhoom3 and really listen. He is such a believable actor. I’m really surprised by the film industry in the U.S. that he not been bribed to come here and star opposite Cate Blanchett or Meryl Streep. Yes, he grabs your attention with his drop dead gorgeous appearance but it’s his talent as an actor that keeps you hanging on to his every word. He doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone..least of all to a U.S. audience….but wow! as long as I can view his films from wherever he works in the world I and about a billion others in the world will be happy!

  10. fakrudheen says:

    I dnt like

  11. Danji says:

    David- you are being so kind :)

  12. Mohammed Shabbir says:

    I want to seethe movie.again because its beautiful film.

  13. Just Confused says:

    Any chance DISNEY might pick this up on the cheap and give it a good dubbing for Stateside release? The expounding of ethical vignettes reminds of JIMINY CRICKET. ;+)

  14. kapil says:

    enjoyed it. way better than khan brainless movies. happy that non khans are giving some better movies. songs should have been better. i had so high expectation from rakesh roshan n music and songs. what happened to him?

  15. imran says:

    great movie Hrithik rocks

  16. Viren joshi says:

    Superb pictur

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