Will Krrish be India's first successful superhero?
Rakesh Roshan's Rs 50-crore movie, Krrish, is all set for a June 16 release, just a fortnight before Superman Returns.
BY A CORRESPONDENT
May 8, 2006
Goodbye, Indian Superman (Remember Puneet Issar in an awful, awful superman costume hanging from an airplane and Shakti Kapoor who says “There is something black in my lentils”?) Indian Superman was as bad as movie-making can get. But now we have Krrish, our homegrown superhero, with shades of Neo and Superman! Can he salvage the abysmal reputation of Indian film-makers when it comes to sci-fi films? Rakesh Roshan definitely thinks so. He is sparing no expense to pack his forthcoming film, Krrish, with super stunts and sophisticated effects.
But, if you are expecting evolved sci-fi, you can forget it. If Krrish is anything like Koi Mil Gaya, you can expect a very dumbed-down story but perhaps lots of action.
Krissh is a sequel to Koi Mil Gaya. It is director Rakesh Roshan’s second movie in the sci-fi genre. The movie will star Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Rekha, with a cameo by Preity Zinta. It will be subsequently dubbed in Tamil and Telugu.
The movie also stars Sharat Saxena, Puneet Issar (hehe), Hemant Pandey, Manini De, Kiran Juneja, and Archana Puran Singh.
The story takes off from where Koi Mil Gaya ends. Rohit (Hrithik Roshan) and Nisha (Preity Zinta) get married and have a kid. When they die in a car accident, the kid named Krishna (Krrish) is brought up by his grandmother (Rekha) in the mountains. As he grows up, Krrish realizes that he has inherited superpowers that Jadoo vested on his father.
Priya (Priyanka Chopra), a beautiful girl from Singapore, comes to Krissh’s village for trekking. Krrish loses his heart to her and when she leaves, his grandmother eggs him on to go to Singapore to woo Priya. In Singapore, Krrish comes across Dr. Siddarth Arya (Naseeruddin Shah) who plans to launch a super-computer (a super-computer? What is this, the seventies?) that will make him a Virtual God. Krrish then dons his masked avatar and stymies the villain from taking over the world.
In all of Rakesh Roshan’s movies, the music has played a major role in the success of the movie.
However, Krrish’s music lacks the punch of Roshan’s erstwhile hits, be it Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, Karan Arjun, or Koi Mil Gaya.
Krrish has lilting melodies, gentle rhythms, with minimal techno effects.
Pyar Ki Ek Kahani is a gentle romantic number written by Ibraheem Ashq and sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal. This song sounds uncannily like “Bholi Si Surat..” from Dil To Pagal Hai. How come no one’s screaming plagiarism on this one?
Koi Tumsa Nahin is an old-fashioned, romantic duet by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal. The lyrics have been penned by Nasir Faraaz. While this number has peaceful flute sounds, its remix version, called Big Band mix, liberally uses the piano, guitar, and saxophone.
The other number, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, is based on raga Pahadi and is very mellifluous. Again, the lyrics have been penned by Nasir Faraaz. The song has been sung by Udit Narayan (who fails to impress in this number) and Shreya Ghoshal.
Then there is Main Hoon Wo Aasmaan and Dil Na Diya. The former is a gentle, haunting number sung by Rafaqat Ali Khan and Alka Yagnik. The song is "inspired" by score from the game The Dig composed by Michael Land and Richard Wagner. The latter is a more lively number sung by Kunal Ganjawala. The video is reminiscent of the dance track, It’s Magic, from Koi Mil Gaya.
The music of Krrish has been released by T-Series in three different languages: Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. The other two versions have been sung by the same ensemble of singers in Hindi: Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Kunal Ganjawala, and Shreya Ghoshal. The telugu lyrics have been penned by Rajshree Sudhakar and the tamil lyrics have been written by Pirai Sudan.
Stunts and special effects
The special effects in the film are by Mark Kolbe and Craig Mumma. Hrithik Roshan has performed all the dare-devil stunts without the use of duplicates. Hrithik underwent massive martial arts training under Siu-Tung Ching.
The thrill fest includes bungee-jumping, plunging into infernos, leaping across slippery rocks on wild-flowing rivulets, scaling walls, swinging trapeze acts, and so on. All of these stunts have been conceived and coordinated by Siu-Tung Ching of Hongkong and Sham Kaushal.
During on of these stunts, Hrithik had a near-fatal accident but escaped unhurt.
Right off the bat, Krrish has been plagued by controversies. An independent filmmaker and writer Ivan Rana is claiming that Rakesh Roshan has filched his story. Ivan claims that he wrote a superhero story in 2003 and showed the concept and sketches to Roshan.
He says he left the concept note with Roshan, who later told him that he was not interested in making a film on such a story. He insists that the wire technology from Hong Kong that Roshan has used is his idea. So is the mask used in the film.
He plans to go to court and stall the release of the film. The Roshans have denied the accusations and Rakesh Roshan insists he has never met Ivan in his life.
But, really, how different can a superhero story be from another? Ditto for the mask!
Then, there is Priyanka Chopra’s embittered ex-secretary, Prakash Jaju, who says he won’t allow Krrish to be released until Priyanka pays up the dues (near to Rs. 1 crore) that she owes him.
Jaju claims that he is going to file a PIL against Krrish, because the film has been financed by Guru Swarup Srivastava with illegal money. Srivastava has been arrested and charged with forgery for acquiring loans, by the Economic Offenses Wing.
Jaju also has issues with director Rakesh Roshan for signing Priyanka for Krrish. Apparently, Jaju requested the director not to sign the actress for his film until she had cleared all his dues. Roshan ignored Jaju’s request and went ahead with his plans. So now there are two parties looking to stalling the release of Krrish. More woe!
Krrish is slated for a June 16 release this year. Now that Krrish is all set for release, Rakesh Roshan is planning a sequel to Krrish.
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