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Movie review: Krrish 3 entertains, but lacks originality

The much-awaited Diwali film is an entertaining mix of spectacle and human-scale drama, but would have been better had it been a tad more original. Hrithik Roshan is brilliant in his double role and Kangana upstages the film’s lead actress Priyanka, say critics. | By Parmita Uniyal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2013 04:22 PM IST

The much-awaited Diwali film is an entertaining mix of spectacle and human-scale drama, but would have been better had it been a tad more original. Hrithik Roshan is brilliant in his double role and Kangana upstages the film’s lead actress Priyanka, say critics.

However, the film is hugely inspired by a variery of Hollywood superhero films that's quite a dampener.

Paloma Sharma, Rediff
Hrithik Roshan, who is usually amazing and was particularly spectacular in films like Lakshya, Guzaarish and Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara seemed energetic - maybe a little too energetic - and ended up being a tad over the top. So filled with emotion was Roshan that he kept shivering every time things got a bit serious. However, he did a good job of doing a double role. Even though he played his own father, Dr. Rohit Mehra, without much alteration to his appearance, it did not seem like both characters were being portrayed by the same actor at all.

All of that aside, Krrish 3 could have been a much better film if it had been a tad more original. The blatant plagiarism from other superhero films, the absolute lack of creativity, has made me lose respect for the makers and the film itself. In conclusion, after watching Krrish 3, all I can say is that I need a therapist.

Sarita A Tanwar, DNA
Rating: ***1/2

Krrish 3 is an entertaining mix of spectacle and human-scale drama. Roshan combines his imagination and flair to deliver a film that is sure to capture everyone's imagination. It has something for everybody. For a superhero film fan there are fantasy characters, a super villain, full scale heroism, plot twists and superb action.

A still from the film Krrish 3
A still from the film Krrish 3

Krrish may be a superhero but it is his human side that is so appealing. Hrithik Roshan is oh-so-watchable in every frame. He owns both the roles with such ease. Kangana Ranaut is delightful as an alien making the weird hair and clothes work for her. She even manages to make you feel her pain. Quite an accomplishment that! Every action adventure needs a memorable villain. Vivek Oberoi as Kaal ensures you won't ever forget his act. Priyanka is saddled with a role that doesn't do her justice. She deserved a meatier role.

Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV
Rating: **1/2

The special effects are jaw-dropping all right and some of the action sequences are superbly well executed. Especially exciting is the very first rescue stunt that Krrish pulls off.

What Krrish 3 gets absolutely right are the characters of the principal antagonist and his female trouble-shooter, who together create the grand context for Krrish’s war.

Both Vivek Oberoi and Kangna Ranaut measure up to the demands of their respective roles. The duo often seems to tower over the material.

Kangana, in fact, completely upstages the film’s lead actress. Her presence is far sharper and more impactful.

Priyanka Chopra, in contrast, is saddled with a sketchily written role and is reduced to the status of a hanger-on waiting for things to unfold.

Hrithik Roshan, on his part, breezes through the multiple personas with the requisite zest and conviction.

Mihir Fadnavis, First Post

The superhero of atrocious superhero filmmaking has struck again, and it’s not a pretty sight. Take the most superficial components of X-Men, Batman, Superman, Spiderman and even Shaktimaan; stuff them together in a litter bag, set that bag on fire and inhale the fumes – that’s pretty much what Krrish 3 feels like. The film is two and a half painful hours of poorly presented, unexciting action scenes, awful computer graphics, unimaginative storytelling and Hollywood theft of the most blatant and shameless variety.

Mohar Basu,
Rating: **

Rakesh Roshan has made an unimaginative rip-off, strictly abiding by the guidelines of directing a superhero film. And the man is pretty darn good at it, if you must know. There’s no trick in the rule book that he has missed which exactly is the problem here. His effort is highly unimaginative and bland. From a man who risked into making Koi Mil Gaya at a time when dancing around the trees was a norm, you do expect him to venture into something more challenging than merely trying his hand at the magnanimity of superhero flicks!

Krrish 3 isn’t a terrible film but it is massively disheartening and mood dampening because of its imitative premise. Hrithik reprises his role of Krrish with an enigmatic energy and infallible enthusiasm which is the film’s sole glistening point. The ludicrous storyline is miffing but the chiseled bodied superhero indulges us enough to make this film a decent one time watch this festive season. Don’t expect too much or pine excessive hope on this one. A well intentioned, brave effort but falls notches beneath an exhilarating cinematic experience. I am going with a 2/5.

Hrithik Roshan as Krrish is perhaps one of Bollywood’s most appropriately sketched characters. He is enigmatic, charismatic and puts up the film’s singular superlative show.

Priyanka Chopra is still high on the sugar rush from Zanjeer and has very little to do in this film as well.

Kangana easily topples as the film’s most striking female character. As the wicked slimy chameleon Kaya, she puts up a devilish show indeed! Making her character look extremely sexy, in her bits she owns the film!

Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama
Rating: ****1/2

Rakesh Roshan has adapted himself to the fast-changing times. His clutch on the emotional quotient is apparent in every venture, but in Krrish 3, the marriage of content and VFX is the motivating force, its biggest USP, which sets it apart from his previous directorial ventures. The veteran knows with experience that mere VFX minus drama/emotions will fall flat on its face and at the same time, with Hollywood invading the marquee with technical marvels, one has to contend with global standards too. Roshan Sr. smartly assimilates the esteemed formula of good versus evil with the technical wizardry of today to create a visual spectacle that is sure to redefine the escapist cinema we are synonymous with.

On the whole, Krrish-3 has the ingredients that make a splendid superhero film, besides being Rakesh Roshan's most accomplished work so far. Besides a riveting plot, the film scores brownie points thanks to the strong undercurrent of emotions, the clash between the protagonist and antagonist/mutants, the awe-inspiring visual effects, the larger-than-life entertainment and of course, Hrithik Roshan, who is matchless in this avtaar. It's a Diwali bonanza for moviegoers across the globe and is sure to conclude the celebratory period on a high. BLOCKBUSTER.

Madhureeta Mukherjee, The Times of India
Raing: ****1/2

With a visually riveting and emotionally engaging story, intriguing characters, sweeping VFX (unseen thus far on Indian celluloid) Rakesh Roshan's ambitious dream lives up. Yes, it's hugely inspired (by the Bats, Spideys and Wolverines of the West), but our superhero has his own 'X-factor'. Even with all the high-octane car crashes, explosions and 'animatronics', the philosophy is the force behind it all, yet, never overpowering the story.

Rohit Khilnani, India Today
Rating: ***1/2

Rakesh Roshan makes sure you are entertained throughout, be it because of the special effects or the masala plot. The entry scene of Krrish saving a plane from crash landing is well done and that sets the ball rolling. Needless to say one of the great assets of the film is Hrithik Roshan who portrays three roles in this film (Rohit, Krrish, Krishna). In fact, in the action scenes, you just know that there could be no other mainstream star in Bollywood who could do it the way he pulls it off. His newly toned body can give any Hollywood actor a run for their money.

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