A short sketch on the Indian superhero and his background.
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Superman did it, Spiderman did it, even Tony Stark, the Iron Man did save people from under a falling mega structure skyscraper, so why shouldn’t Krrish bhaiyya? Krrish 3 will be challenging, not just for the makers, but for the audiences too. This is so mostly, because, as it seems from the promos released the previous day, Krrish 3 is a Bollywood takkar* to Hollywood superhero stalwarts.
In Koi Mil Gaya, Rohit Mehra meets an alien, reminding much of E.T. by Steven Spielberg, but unique in its rendering of themes such as friendship and humanity. Even though Koi Mil Gaya was a remake of E.T. in subject matter, it portrayed the story of an autistic boy and his friendship with Jaadu, an alien, rather than copying the Spielberg story of the bunch of kids rescuing the alien.
Even though Koi Mil Gaya was a successful film, it did not offer a superhero character to cherish as well as to sell in merchandise and comic books. This deficiency existed as if forever in Bollywood. In the 80s and 90s, experiments and attempts had been made to realize this dream of a Hindi-speaking and sentimental superhero. From Amitabh Bachchan and Mukesh Khanna, representatives of popular Bollywood to the murky Hindi art-cinema, tried their turn in jumping from the buildings and fighting bad guys in costumes.
None of them though became successful in garnering the mainstream interest as expected, except one. The youth/child population back then in the 90s or late 80s was not ready for a superhero, which could be one among them, who could speak Hindi. The reader, here, should not be diverted into the complicated argument who is the real consumer of superhero movies or shows.
One superhero caught major attention though—Shaktimaan. It was an attempt by Mukesh Khanna, a Bollywood actor, not surely as popular as Amitab, but obviously not less important in any sense. Mukesh Khanna was extremely successful with his mini-screen avatar called Shaktimaan. This series is still running in many networks inside India, including Pogo. Shaktimaan started as a TV series in September 27, 1997 in Doordarshan, India’s national network. If you calculate the period of telecast for this serial, it is a formidably long period.
In the big screen, however, there never was a superhero, with a long lasting impact, which could bring the big money as a brand. Then, came Krrish.
Krrish is the alter ego of Krishna Mehra, the son of Rohit Mehra, the autistic boy, in Koi Mil Gaya, who was given special intellectual abilities by his alien friend, Jaadu. The movie Krrish is Krishna’s journey to find his father, Rohit, because Rohit is under the custody of an evil scientist Dr. Siddhant Arya in Singapore. Apparently, Filmkraft Productions Pvt. Ltd is counting Koi Mil Gaya as Krrish-1. The upcoming Krrish movie, which is the second movie to feature the adventures of Krishna Mehra, is thus Krrish-3.
Krrish 3 promos are released and fans are looking forward to see the new adventure of their hero. The promo, however, appears to the audiences a mixture of Matrix, Superman Returns, and Iron Man movies. In the promo, Krrish is shown to do many stunts that he did not do before, like battling in the sky, breaking walls, flying through the glass windows, etc. When a huge building is falling down, it is none other than Krrish who comes to rescue people. Let’s wait and see how well he does that.
Post Postum: Rohit seems to have developed a superior medicine from the magic Jaadu taught him. Perhaps, someone is trying to steal it from him. Will Rohit be able to use the medicine to cure Krrish, when he gets hurt in the battle? Or will the evil power that is shown rising in the promo (played by Vivek Oberoi), win the battle to conquer the world (which seems unlikely, given the stunts Krrish is able to perform now)? Will the evil power get his hands on the medicine Rohit developed?