Sunday, November 03, 2013

Krrish 3  

Where's The Jadoo?

When Rakesh Roshan made Koi Mil Gaya in 2003, sci-fi was not a common Bollywood mainstream genre. There had been some B-grade horror and comic book rip-offs, but nothing done with a big budget and a mega star. The film was inspired by ET, but back then, plagiarism was accepted—all okay, unless the filmmaker was caught and sued.

He then took the story forward as Krrish (2006) and created a home grown superhero. By the time Krrish 3 comes out, other superhero films have been made and many others watched by audiences as all the big Hollywood superhero films have been dubbed.

Still, the publicity blitz is enough to ensure a monstrously big opening weekend, after that it would depend on how much tolerance people have for this mish-mash of Hollywood ideas and old-style Bollywood family melodrama.

Even for a film that demands suspension of disbelief, the science is hilarious – Rohit Mehra (Hrithik Roshan) the genius rescued by his superhero son Krrish (also HR) in the last film, is now working in a lab, and also pottering around at home on a solar power experiment using mirrors and a pen (really!) that displays its brand in just of the many examples of shameless and distracting product placements. The experiment will bring to life dead plants and maybe dead people, but when he tries it, it doesn’t quite work. So he says, “Energy mein zyada power aa gaya,” and concludes that it needs a dimagwala filter. This foreshadows a scene in which.... oh never mind, will avoid spoilers.

The bad guy is Kaal (Vivek Oberoi), a quadriplegic with telekinetic powers, who wants to wipe out the human race and replace it with his half human-half animal mutants he calls ‘maanwars.” But to do that, he needs bone marrow with the right DNA, so as he experiments with DNA, he builds a fortune first injecting countries with deadly viruses and then selling them expensive antidotes.  Six scriptwriters (with a collection of foreign DVDs) and one dialogue writer worked on this? The mind boggles. 

Krishna Mehra or Krrish, meanwhile, takes up a succession of menial jobs (why?) and loses them because he has to double up as Krrish and save malfunctioning planes and errant kids from falling down.  The newsreader wife, Priya (Priyanka Chopra) is around to sing and dance and get kidnapped in pregnant condition. The bad girl Kaya (Kangana Ranaut) has more fun. She wears a tight PVC costume and ugly braid; she was cloned with chameleon blood so can shape shift. She also gets to wear bizarre get-ups and do a dream sequence in the desert.

The other mutant that gets decent footage is a frogman with a superlong tongue, which is used for two of the yuckiest action scenes ever.  For kids, the grisly virus epidemic scenes would be too disturbing, and Krrish 3 is meant for children. Which sensible adult could sit through such non-stop nonsense...unless of course they went looking for a comedy—this one has more laughs than all the comic films of this year put together.


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