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Movie Review: 'Krrish 3'

There is a scene in 'Krrish 3' where a woman with an infant in her arms rushes to claim a prize she wins in a lottery in a mall. Next moment, in some weird twist of fate and her ankle, she ends up toppling over the railing and hanging in air for life. Watching 'Krrish 3' is just that kind of experience. You walk in anticipating a pleasant surprise and you end up gasping for some fresh air and some solid ground to stand on. If you are still wondering how the woman managed to get to the railing, this is just the beginning of a lazy and convenient screenplay, which is surprisingly penned by three veterans in the business -- Honey Irani, Rakesh Roshan himself and Robin Bhatt. The bigger surprise is there clearly seems to be a lot of time and energy gone into this film but none of that seems translated into anything remotely sensible.

'Krrish 3' review
Priyanka Chopra and Hrithik Roshan in a double role in 'Krrish 3'

A sequel to 'Koi Mil Gaya' and 'Krrish', this film has Hrithik Roshan again playing the double role, of the genius but clearly mentally challenged scientist dad Rohit and the cleavage bearing, scowling superhero son, Krishna alias Krrish. In what seemed like Lokhandwala and Oshiwara gullies where brands are promoted in the most blatant and uncreative form of in-film marketing, the superhero goes about doing his duty of saving people and distributing a piece each of his leather outfit to the saved people. (I see a Krrish 3 merchandise idea there). Priyanka Chopra is Priya, Krrish's doting wife who calls him husband, indulges him when he gets sacked from jobs at an alarming rate and throws surprise birthday parties for him, where he ends up dancing with steps perfectly co-ordinated with the guests present. Did you ask for logic? Well, wait till you meet Kaya (Kangna Ranaut). She is the mutant who springs a nasty surprise at you and throws logic out of the window, when just a kiss and a red rose later develops 'feelings' in her heart and goes into a full Bollywood mode of singing and gyrating.

Kaya is one of the four Manwars (Maanav plus Jaanvar) created by the wheelchair-bound telekinesis expert villain, Kaal (Vivek Oberoi). Kaal has a laboratory which has some terribly serious looking scientists in white aprons bending over some boiling liquids. We are told these men in white are producing a kind of virus that could destroy the world. Kaal's idea is simple, to spread the virus and then make antidote with his special brand of blood and sell it at a premium price. But in comes Krrish and his irritating dad to spoil Kaal's business plan.

Even though generously inspired by various superhero movies of Hollywood (I lost count during the laborious 150 minutes duration of the movie), some of Krrish's action sequences manage to hold interest. But alas, soon after they also turn cringeworthy. Watch out for the one where Krrish is combating forever with the long, slimy tongue of yet another mutant.

A special mention has to be made of Kangana Ranaut. Ironically, she is the only one in this film who stands out as believable and even kind of forces us into half believing what's happening on the screen. This girl deserves better roles and better films.

In a nutshell, 'Krrish 3' is the kind of film that keeps you entertained and holding your breath because of the sheer absurdity of it all.

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