Hrithik Roshan in three roles, Priyanka Chopra upgraded to a wife from a girlfriend, Vivek Oberoi as the super villain and Kangna Ranaut as a mutant as never seen before in Indian cinema; ‘Krrish 3’ has been, for a very long time, all credentials and more. Rakesh Roshan takes on the director’s hat once more in this third instalment of the Krrish franchise and the story moves on once again with the introduction of new characters, a whole new world of sci-fi and a plot that has been kept close to the maker’s chests in an attempt to add to the anticipation. With all this and a whole lot extra to look forward to, does ‘Krrish 3’ do justice as the third in line and moreover, do the special effects bring Bollywood right on par with Hollywood?
The previous instalments, ‘Koi… Mil Gaya’ (2003) and ‘Krrish’ (2006), have told the story of Rohit Mehra (Roshan) who, although mentally disabled, acquired superpowers thanks to a visit from a friendly non-Earth being. He married Nisha (Preity Zinta) and they had Krishna. Rohit and Nisha were thought to have died in an accident, leaving Rohit’s mother, Sonia Mehra (Rekha) to look after her grandchild. Krishna had superpowers passed on in his genes by his father and in ‘Krrish’, it emerged that Rohit had not died but was being preserved by an experimental scientist, Dr Arya (Naseeruddin Shah). ‘Krrish 3’ sees Roshan reprise the role of Rohit, Krishna and Krrish, working to free the world of deadly viruses created by Kaal (Oberoi) who is experienced in making fusion creatures who are half-human, half-animal. One such is Kaya (Ranaut) who helps Kaal spread viruses around the world. Kaal is convinced that Rohit is the key to the truth of his enigmatic past and when he goes about trying to find him, Krrish is unable to sit back.
In order to dissect a huge leap to the original storyline, it can be said that Rakesh Roshan has gone to great lengths to ensure a smooth transition of understanding and movement is done in the form of little inclusions that are identifiable, relevant and familiar with the previous instalments. Rakesh has also paid particular attention to the various intermingling of stories between the films and it is hugely evident that these attention-to-detail qualities make the plot even more intriguing, appealing and satisfying to the audiences.
It would be wrong to mention director-saab without a mention of the special effects, expertly worked on in Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies studio – the same which was used for 2011’s ‘Ra.One’. ‘Krrish 3’ definitely builds a huge niche for itself in the sci-fi genre of Bollywood. With Krrish’s superpowers remaining clean cut and uncomplicated, the inclusion of the super villain is a whole new state of play. Oberoi as Kaal is shown to encompass a very many different and interesting powers, mainly controlled just through his eyes and the tips of his fingers for the first half of the movie. There is a feeling that this introduction of new themes, new powers and more intelligent thought-processes in terms of superpowers is indeed exciting and a moment of pride for Indian cinema as a whole. ‘Krrish 3’, undoubtedly, would be a film even Hollywood producers and filmmakers would be impressed watching. Hats off to team ‘Krrish 3’ for perfecting the effects which really are of a western standard.
As far as performances go, Oberoi as the super villain is the one that steals the show. The projection of his voice, the evil in his eyes and the way he expresses himself through his facial features leaves you with a shiver down your spine and a fearful feeling in your heart that this one time, bad could very well win over good. Hrithik delivers a power-packed and hearty rendition as both Rohit and Krishna but it is Rohit’s character that he does absolute justice to and has done since ‘Koi… Mil Gaya’. There is a weird emotional connection you feel with Rohit as an audience member who has witnessed him in his youth in the first film. This is greatly added to by his inclusion in ‘Krrish 3’ and Hrithik’s flawless acting brings it all to life once again. Chopra is great as Krishna’s wife, giving the much-needed damsel-in-distress the plot needs. Ranaut is also brilliant as the mutant girl, managing to emote even without moving a muscle on her face and hats off for the action she showcases in the movie. To think many actresses refused to act in the role of Kaya is definitely Ranaut’s gain as one cannot imagine another actress doing quite as much justice as she has.
The background score of the movie simply cannot go without a mention as is provides an essential ambience and ignites fear in all the right places. Salim-Sulaiman have done the franchise more than proud with their work. Rajesh Roshan’s compositions in the overall album are perhaps not quite striking the same chord as the previous two soundtracks in the franchise but Raghupati Raghav and Dil Tu Hi Bataa have done well with the audience.
There is not much one can say in conclusion for ‘Krrish 3’. Sometimes, a movie just speaks for itself. It’s probably a wise thing that the plot and details about the movie weren’t released beforehand because confidence in a product that has been three-years in the making has shown that it will deliver on all the levels needed for a humongous portrayal of love to both the franchise and the audience’s obvious love for the ongoing story. This is one you’ve simply got to see for yourself to see what the fuss is about… and fuss there most definitely is! Coupled with a whole lot of heart and a sprinkle of emotions, ‘Krrish 3’ is history in the making.
BizAsia Showbiz Rating: 4/5