Super 30 Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three and half stars)
Star Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur, Virendra Saxena, Nandish Singh, Pankaj Tripathi, Aditya Shrivastava, Vijay Varma
Director: Vikas Bahl
What’s Good:Just doesn’t depend on the ‘intent’, finds it sweet little ways to keep the entertainment intact, it’s a blockbuster show as far as all the performances are concerned with HR leading the pack, Ajay-Atul’s ‘what a wow’ background score
What’s Bad: This kind of subject doesn’t need 154 minutes to establish its point, few pop-emo sequences could’ve been easily avoided
Loo Break: It’s a long film, yes but it’s not as boring to demand a break in between. Interval is the perfect choice for this!
Watch or Not?: I’m someone who craves for real stories to be told if it’s the same case with you then definitely go for it!
We are welcomed by a slickly styled Fugga (Vijay Varma), who’s delivering a speech regarding Anand Kumar (Hrithik Roshan). Into a flashback scene, the story rewinds to 1996 where it all started. Anand, a brilliant student, gets declined from a college library just because he wasn’t a student. This hurts and inspires him at the same time, which leads to getting him selected for Cambridge.
Life had other plans for Anand, as, after suffering a personal tragedy he’s left with not many options. A local coaching owner picks him up and offers a job as a teacher. But, even that wasn’t he wanted so he moves towards his aim creating some good and many bad friends. He leads a group of 30 students, educating them for free to prepare for IIT’s entrance exam. How he dodges the obstacles and reach till the finish line is what the story is all about.
Super 30 Movie Review: Script Analysis
Penning a biopic for a not-so-renowned personality is always a tricky zone to step in. There are a lot of scenes which forces you to think whether they happened for real – some make sense, some don’t. Special mention for Ajay-Atul’s inclusion of ‘desi’ opera during the heavy-on-heart scenes. The BGM just multiplies the effect in the emotional scenes, which worked very well for me.
Not one, but Hrithik Roshan nails two ‘Pursuit Of Happyness’ moments in the film. The major fault of the script is to follow a similar format of biopics done before. You’ll be reminded of PadMan at some places, Sui Dhaaga at certain. Apart from these issues, the movie has a lot to offer and HR makes sure it’s delivered with sublimity. Few gimmicks here and there put a brake on the continuous connect. A. Sreekar Prasad’s editing surely needed some cutting, as it’s too long at 154 minutes.
Super 30 Movie Review: Star Performance
It’s not at all easy to get your act together in a movie such as this. Full marks to Hrithik Roshan for not losing his head for a single scene. He performs each scene as his first & excels in them. Yes, the dialect fluctuates from being a caricature to actually nailing it. He has mastered the look and the walk, which helps him to express with perfection. Nandish Singh as Hrithik’s brother delivers a confident performance. His smart and sensible screen presence aids the leads to do their job.
Pankaj Tripathi owns every scene he is in. Not a big role, but a memorable one. Watch out for an outstanding scene between him and Aditya Shrivastava (CID Fame). Aditya aptly supports the story with his performance. He doesn’t go over-the-top stereotypically and fits in the cast well. All of the kids know what are they doing. They’re guided well with the dialogue delivery and screen presence.
Vijay Varma shines in a cameo, holds to the emotional quotient of his character. Mrunal Thakur looks beautiful! Her chemistry with HR is the base of a love story which should’ve been explored a little more than it was.
Super 30 Movie Review: Direction, Music
Vikas Bahl goes all rustic to depict a time which could’ve been shown in a simple manner. The colour correction, props used aren’t enough to match the aura of the 90s. I would’ve loved more of a ‘Yeh Meri Family’ treatment to the subject. Because of the weak art direction, Vikas misses many opportunities to pick up some scenes. He leads some brilliant emotional sequences, too, but overall there’s something missing.
The most important thing this movie missed is a few ‘Amit Trivedi’ level songs. Ajay-Atul does well with the background score, that’s probably one of the best takeaways from the film. Songs, though situational, had more potential to uplift the narrative. Niyam Ho remains the best of all; it’s placement also a lot to do with it being so good.
The Last Word
All said and done, Super 30 surely has the heart at its right place i.e in the head. Hrithik Roshan’s spellbinding performance maintains the Intrigue. Watch it for what it has to say, rather than what it shows.Three and a half stars!
Super 30 releases on 12th July, 2019.
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