Just days before Superman Returns opens, Bollywood will unleash Krrish, “Bollywood’s first fully realized Superman-style hero” on the world.
He flies, he fights, he sings. The New York Times writes about the film, which is actually a sequel:
“Krrish” is a sequel to the 2003 blockbuster “Koi … Mil Gaya” (“I Found Someone”), which was considered Hindi cinema’s first major science fiction film. In it, an E.T.-like alien descends to Earth and is befriended by Rohit, a good-hearted young man who’s not very bright. The alien waves a finger. Miraculously, the slow, stuttering, myopic Rohit is transformed into a hero who can dance, woo the beauteous heroine and defeat the bad guys.
“Krrish” is the story of Rohit’s son, Krishna, born with the superpowers the alien bestowed upon his father, and then some. Unlike Rohit, Krishna is superintelligent and has a handy sixth sense. He has great physical strength and is able to leap, like Spider-Man but sans web, among the trees.
While the super hero elements may have been inspired by the States, Krrish‘s makers enlisted help from Hong Kong for the film’s action sequences:
Rakesh’s biggest concern was making Krrish look sufficiently world class. After all, audiences that have lapped up Western heroes — “Spider-Man” and “Spider-Man 2″ are the No. 3 and No. 2 Hollywood releases in India, after “Titanic” — would have little patience with cheesy special effects. So Mr. Roshan turned to the Hong Kong-based action choreographer Tony Ching, acclaimed for his work on “House of Flying Daggers” and “Hero.”
This Bollywood-Chinese martial arts combination presented some distinctive challenges. Because Mr. Ching speaks no English, Mr. Roshan narrated his script via an interpreter. In an e-mail interview (also translated by interpreter), Mr. Ching said that what attracted him was the story, which “was very romantic and touching.”
The movie opens June 23. Check out the official website for more info.