Father and son, director Rakesh Roshan, actor Hrithik Roshan bring the Bollywood version of the “masked man” to audiences who craved the long anticipated third chapter of an Indian messiah, destined to cleanse the Eastern world of plagues, airplane disasters, and nefarious two-legged villains whose mission is to recreate the world in their own vile image.
In any science fiction film, a leap of faith is required by viewers; something comforting about surrendering to the surreal, fantastical, where men can fly, flay a myriad of injustices, and serenely enjoy a benign, average existence when not in salvation disguise.
Hrithik Roshan in dual roles as father and son, is masterful, especially portraying the brilliant/savant father, Dr. Rohit Mehra; as the son, “Krishna” ( a sobriquet referencing the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu) his godlike Herculean physique, stunningly effective in the dance sequences, shown and advertized to perfection, the countless hours and gallons of perspiration that went into its creation.
Lovely Priyanka Chopra, dabbles in duplicity as Krishna’s wife, “Priya” and a nasty clone; but she is second to Kangana Ranaut, gorgeous, mesmerizing mutant “Kaya”, programmed as the primary foil, sycophant of the king of doom, “Kaal” (riveting, fascinating, deliciously evil interpretation by Vivek Oberoi). Villainy and its perpetrators are key to the success of any sci-fi, heroic thriller; Kaal and Kaya adroitly consummate their mission.
There are the expected dance sequences, hugs and lustful looks; scientific experiments focusing on photosynthesis, inoculations; crumbling towers of commerce; children caught in mid-air, running and always, ubiquitous tears, tears at the tsunami level.
Hrithik Roshan, with the gifted direction of his father, champions the Bollywood genre, leaving viewers thirsting for the predictability of “Krrish 4”.
TWO & 1/2 STARS!!