The trailer reflected a promising start to Bollywood’s own superhero franchise; it is that, without a doubt. But there is more that’s been brewing in the depths.
With a stellar star cast one would have thought Krrish 3 would be a complete entertainer; however, it turns out to be a sheer disappointment. The film has more emotional appeal while the Superhero–ish feeling churns out only towards the climax. It is the second-half that’s attention-grabbing while first is mostly mushy with the love affair that continues and with the experiments of Dr. Rohit Mehra.
The story of the film takes off showing a happy family comprising a superpower-bestowed scientist father (Hrithik Roshan as Rohit Mehra), a superhero son (Hrithik Roshan as Krishna Mehra) and a journalist daughter-in-law (Priyanka Chopra as Priya). In a parallel world, there is a mad scientist, Kaal (Viveik Oberoi), who wishes to annihilate mankind and rule the world. While Kaal is busy spreading a deadly virus in Namibia, Krrish is doing the superhero act, saving the world from mishaps. He jumps buildings and saves a plane from crashing; he rescues a child hanging in mid-air with the help of cables, and so on and so forth. The virus created by Kaal is taking over Namibia and Kaal’s pharma company which owns the antidote for the virus earns millions by supplies (refer to Marshall’s demand and supply theory to know this business tact in detail). Kaal, who is paralyzed waist-down wishes to regain his humane powers and so keeps experimenting with humans and animals so as to find a bone marrow that matches his. In the process of doing so, he creates what he calls “Manvar” (mutants), a hybrid of “Manav” (Human) and “Janvar” (Animal). All this comprises Kaal’s world. Much like Krrish, Kaal too is gifted with superpowers (how and why, finding answers to this is just another quest for him). After having counted the wealth in millions, Kaal wants to invest this amount in his research to better himself and plans to continue minting money by spreading the virus in a country with the highest population. Between China and India, Kaal indubitably chooses India because it is here that people bow down before God before heading to the doctors’ office. However, the virus antidote which was supposed to reach the virus-infected Mumbaiya Nagariya (Mumbai city) 10 days later, is magically shipped to the city and hence the city is eradicated of the virus overnight. The magic potion undeniably contains Krrish’s DNA. Kaal, who is flabbergasted with the news tries to target Dr. Rohit Mehra’s family (the scientist behind creating this antidote) but his attempts fail as the mighty superhero beats the manvars to pulp during a fight. This, however, doesn’t stop Kaal from kidnapping Priya. What follows is a well-knit story which could have been toned better.
The 152 minutes and 27 seconds long film sees Hrithik Roshan charming his way through the first-half and shaking leg on a song as meaningless as Raghupati Raghav. In the same song, you see a pregnant Priya shake her booty. The first-half oozes out emotionally-alluring boredom; it replicates a Koi… Mil Gaya appeal. The climax of the film is extreme in its dhishoom-dhishoom and the multiple property-losses incurred (no more a Clean Mumbai, Green Mumbai, as the placards read in the film). Overall, the film is extreme when it comes to in-film branding. The film is an amalgamation of almost all Hollywood superhero films and is a disaster when it comes to the make-up of the artists (you can see Oberoi’s pierced nose in almost every close-up shot that’s been taken). Cops, however, earn brownie points as they break the tradition of arriving late at the crime scene (possibly they are competing with Krrish!) The film is highly predictable with a super-funny superhero-ish joke at the climax.
The film leaves viewers with a hope that there’ll be more installments in this franchise and one of them might turn out to be more appealing.