Krrish is a 2006 Indian superhero science fiction film. The film was directed, produced, and written by Rakesh Roshan, while the screenplay was written by Robin Bhatt, Sachin Bhowmick, Honey Irani, Akarsh Khurana, and Sanjay Masoom. The film is a sequel to Koi... Mil Gaya, and relates the story of Krishna [Hrithik Roshan], the son of the previous films protagonists who inherits his fathers superhuman abilities. After falling in love with Priya [Priyanka Chopra], he follows her to Singapore, where he takes on the persona of "Krrish" to keep his identity secret after saving children from a burning circus. From that moment on he is regarded as a superhero, and must later thwart the plans of the evil Dr. Siddhant [Naseeruddin Shah], who has built a machine capable of seeing the future. The film became the highest grossing film ever until Dhoom 2 released five months later [in the same year] and broke the record.
The film was mainly shot in Mumbai, India and Singapore. The film was considered the first major superhero film to be produced in Bollywood since Shekhar Kapurs Mr. India . The films stunts, choreographed by Tony Ching Siu-Tung, were adapted into storyboard before accepted into the film. Several scenes in the film were made using a lot of visual effects, created by Marc Kolbe and Craig A. Mumma. Half of the films epic stories were adapted from "Ramayana" and "Mahabharata".
The film was cited as a new "trend setter" in Indian cinema. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an aggregate rating of 100% [fresh]. Being one of the highest grossing films of the year, Krrish grossed Rs 1500 million as total, against Rs 450 million budget. It was a box office success and was elevated to a "blockbuster" rating on Box Office India.
:The plot of the film connects with the predecessor. For more information on the predecessors plot, see here.
The film commences with a twelve-year-old Krishna Mehra undergoing an intelligence quotient test by a professor, who suspects his family have superpowers. Krishna answers all the questions correctly, just as his grandmother Sonia [Rekha] fears, and she takes the young Krishna to a remote mountain village in northern India to conceal his unique abilities. Krishna is abandoned by most of his friends, who believe him to be "weird". There he stays for many years running around the mountainside, racing against horses and developing more abilities. Years later, however, Krishna [Hrithik Roshan] meets camper Priya [Priyanka Chopra] and her friend Honey [Manini Mishra], and they soon become friends after Krishna saves Priya from a hang glider accident, much to the bewilderment of the camping group. Krishna and Priya grow close just before she departs, but Krishna has the stronger feelings of love.
Back in Singapore, Priya and Honey are fired by their boss [Archana Puran Singh] for illegitimately taking an extra five days of holiday leave. However, Honey suggests bringing Krishna to Singapore and making a television program about him. Their boss sees potential in this plan and revokes her previous decision to get rid of them. Aware of Krishnas love towards her, Priya tells Krishna that she loves him to encourage him to join her in Singapore.
The news is taken badly by Krishnas grandmother, who protests that people will want to take advantage of his abilities. She then explains that his father Rohit was hired to help design a machine to see the future by Dr. Siddhant Arya [Naseeruddin Shah] in order to prevent wars and help prepare against natural disasters. But on the night of Krishnas birth, Rohit claimed to her that he was being used. Rohit reportedly died in a laboratory accident that night, with Krishnas mother dying shortly after of a broken heart. Krishna promises his grandmother that he will never reveal his powers, to which Sonia eventually relents and permits him to go. In Singapore, during the production of the television program, Krishna keeps his word. With the program revealing nothing exceptional about him, Priya and Honey are once again fired.
Krishna later meets with Kristian Li [Bin Xia], who is attempting to raise funds to pay for his young sisters leg surgery. He invites Krishna and Priya to the Royal Bombay Circus, but during the performance a firework explodes and ignites the tent, which is swiftly evacuated. However, several children remain trapped in the blaze, and Krishna is faced with the dilemma of saving the children without revealing his abilities. He dons a broken black clowns mask and puts his jacket on inside-out, creating the persona of Krrish.
Later, Kristian sees Krrish fighting some goons and removing his mask. He is shocked to learn that his friend Krishna is Krrish. As Krrish is being offered a reward for his deeds, Krishna asks Kristian to assume the identity, so that he can pay for his sisters surgery.
Meanwhile, Priya too comes to know the truth when she sees the footage of her camera [which can be seen in her hand all throughout the circus], in which Krishna can be seen wearing his jacket inside-out and the mask at the circus. She and Honey decide to release the footage on TV to make Krishna a star. During their discussions, Krishna arrives and overhears the girls talking about how Priya had been lying to him and will create a big sensation by revealing his identity to the world. Just before Priya confesses to Honey that in this drama she has genuinely fallen in love with Krishna, he leaves, dejected.
After being confronted by Krishna at his hotel about what she said, Priya realizes her mistake and stops her boss from revealing Krrishs identity. She then meets Vikram Sinha [Sharat Saxena], who has been searching for Krishna for a long time, and takes Sinha to him.
He informs Krishna that his father Rohit is alive. He tells that he and Rohit had become very close friends. After completing the machine, Rohit and Sinha, both tested it and were shocked to see Siddhant holding a gun besides Rohits head. Rohit understood that Siddhant was going to kill him and then use the machine for his own selfish needs. He calls his mother, telling her that I have been used and then starts pulling out wires and destroying the machine while Sinha rushed off and tried to stop Siddhant. Rohit was able to destroy the machine, but Siddhant entered the room and put a gun beside his head [just as Rohit saw; This visual also reveals that the machine does reveal the future, and whatever it reveals does occur, i.e. it cannot be changed]. However, before he could press the trigger, Sinha entered the room and revealed that even if Siddhant was able to rebuild the machine using Rohits research and notes, he wont be able to run it because the password was Rohits eye retina and heartbeat. So Siddhant locks Rohit in a room and announces to the media that Rohit has been killed in a lab accident.
Meanwhile, Siddhant uses the computer to reveal his future and sees Krrish killing him. Siddhant quickly kills Kristian, thinking that he is Krrish. The real Krrish, Krishna, later shadows Siddhant to the island, attacking his henchmen. However, Siddhant looks into the future again, and sees that the visual hasnt changed [giving the audiences a hint that hell be killed after all]. He adjusts the time in the computer to a few minutes back and comes to know that Krrish wants to save Rohit, and Priya and Sinha are also against him. He captures Priya and kills Sinha.
Siddhant orders his thugs to get rid of Krishna, They start attacking Krishna whom resists to attack back until he is hit by a fire extinguisher making him fall to the ground. In fear Rohit tries to fight back but he is pushed to the ground, Krishna and Rohit talk to each other until Siddhant interferes, Krishna and Rohit with anger counters the thugs and Siddhant, after the vicious fight all of Siddhants thugs are defeated leaving him the only one left but Siddhant with the gun shoots at Priya and Rohit with Krishna saving them by throwing the fire extinguisher at the one of the bullets while he takes the other bullet in the arm, Siddhant panics while Krishna is about to come face to face with him, Krishna stuns Siddhant with his power leaving him in a state of shock while he looks at Krishna.
In the final scene, Krrish punches Siddhant into the machine, killing him [again, just as the visual showed]. After revealing to Rohit that he is his son, Krishna takes Priya and his Rohit back to India, reuniting him with his mother.
Due to the success of Koi... Mil Gaya, a sequel was prepared, initially titled Koi... Tumsa Nahin. After several months, the Roshans confirmed and announced the film. Preity Zinta was confimed to be replaced by Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, though she said, "Yes. I am in a sequel. The story will start where Koi. Mil Gaya ended." Rakesh also confimed that the film would not be an "out-and-out action film". Three-fourths of the movie was filmed in Singapore over a months period, though filming also took place in Mumbai, India.
The locations used in filming include Singapores famous zoo and Singapore National Library''s Plaza. Singapores police were on the filming location to protect vehicles and other filming equipment. Robinson Road was one of the main filming locations. However, it rained heavily during filming there, causing delays that cost production $25,000. There were traffic blocks because the films action scenes required no less than 250 feet high industrial cranes weighing 30 tons. Two were used, in case one broke down.
During the films development, Prakash Jaju,Priyanka Chopras manager was sued by Rakesh Roshan under a case of threatening calls to him to settle his accounts with Priyanka Chopra. Jaju was also being asked to withdraw his case in court about the film being developed using illegal money. Several incidents also occurred during the films production stage. left
During filming of a flying stunt, one of the wires tied to Hrithik Roshans leg broke, causing him to fall 50 feet, though he miraculously landed safely on a shops canopy. Hrithik described the incident as a "freak accident", stating, "I was skydiving to my death till I fell on a six-feet-long canopy of a shop that was out because of the slight drizzle. The canopy had iron rods. But I missed those rods too. What do I say? I guess the right word to describe the situation would be jadoo [magic]." However, Hrithik broke his right thumb and a toe during the strenuous training for the ambitious wire work used in the film. Despite only 25 days of training in China, his instructor, Siu-Tung Ching, thought that he could pull off stunts that usually take years of training. While performing a stunt scene on the circus set, Hrithik suffered a hamstring tear in his right leg. Doctors prescribed bed rest for two weeks, but he continued shooting after only two days by using painkillers. He also singed his hair while running through a fire in the same action scene.
Considering the film was a superhero film, many visual effects were used, which involved 1,200 shots. Marc Kolbe and Craig A. Mumma created the visual effects for the film. Describing the effects, Rakesh Roshan stated, "If you liked the visual effects in Koi... Mil Gaya, you will find them far better in Krrish. I do not think audiences have seen anything like this in Hindi films."
The films soundtrack—scored by Rajesh Roshan—was released on 8 November 2006, by T-Series. Salim and Sulaiman won the Filmfare Best Background Score Award for Krrish in 2007.
Critical reviews were generally favorable. Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama gave the album a rating of 3.5/5, feeling that it was "another good outing for Bollywood music lovers". He especially praised the songs "Chori Chori", "Koi Tumsa Nahi", and "Pyaar Ki Ek Kahani". Sukanya Verma of Rediff gave a favorable review for the films "catchy" songs. However, she felt that while the songs meshed with the film, "none of them bear the staying power of Rajesh Roshans earlier soundtracks like Khudgarz, Kishen Kanhaiya, Karan Arjun or Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai.
Krrish was the second-highest grossing Bollywood film of 2006, according to Box Office India, earning over Rs. 150 crores [1500 million] net gross in India alone, and was classified as a "blockbuster". The film grossed Rs. 6 crores [60 million] alone in the United Kingdom, Rs. 8 crores [80 million] in North America, and Rs. 5 crores [50 million] in other foreign countries, bringing the total overseas gross to Rs. 19 crores [190 million]—rated as "Semi-Hit" by Box Office India. The film was rated "PG" during its release.
Krrish received generally positive reviews from viewers. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an aggregate rating of 100%, based on 6 reviews. In India, Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama believed that the film "more than [met] the expectations", noting that Hrithik Roshan "[enacted] a role that fits him like a glove" and praising the final forty minutes of the movie. He also enjoyed the action scenes and effects, but felt that there were issues with pacing in the films first hour, as the plot "doesnt move beyond the romantic scenes". Overall, however, he deemed Krrish to be "a terrifically exciting and compelling experience", and even considered it superior to Superman, Batman and Spider-Man. Though Jaspreet Pandohar of BBC was critical of the script for being "low on originality", he praised Hrithik Roshans performance and the action scenes choreographed by Tony Ching Siu-Tung.
Overseas, Richard James Havis of The Hollywood Reporter stated, "This Bollywood epic crunches together romance, comedy, extraterrestrials, martial arts, dancing and action to tell an entertaining story about a reluctant Indian superhero" but said it may be "far too crazed for foreign viewers". David Chute of L.A. Weekly deemed it a "hearty pulp cinema that really sticks to your ribs". Likewise, Ronnie Scheib of Variety said it was an "enjoyable, daffily improbable escapist romp", with Laura Kern of The New York Times saying it was a blend of "carefree romance, show-stopping action and sci-fi". However, Leo Goldsmith of notcoming.com criticized the special effects, and felt it "[wore] its corporate sponsorship on its sleeve" in the dialogue and "every other shot of the film".
Krrish was one of Indias possible nominations for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, but the country ultimately chose Rang De Basanti as its pick. Despite this, Krrish has won numerous awards, especially by way of Hrithik Roshan, who won the IIFA Best Actor Award, Star Screen Award Best Actor, Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Male, BFJA - Best Actor Award [Hindi], GIFA Best Actor, and a Filmfare Best Actor Award nomination. The film itself won three Filmfare Awards—Filmfare Best Special Effects Award, Filmfare Best Action Award and Filmfare Best Background Score Award—and was nominated for the awards of Filmfare Best Villain Award, Filmfare Best Director Award, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award, and Filmfare Best Film Award. The film also won a National Film Awards for Best Special Effects.
Following the success of Krrish, film director Rakesh Roshan planned to develop a sequel for the film, with Hrithik Roshan as Krrish saving the Seven Wonders of the World. The Roshans confirmed that they would start working on the project after Kites. Deepika Padukone was confirmed to replace Priyanka Chopras role in the sequel. However, plans for the sequel have currently been dropped due to script issues.
The films DVD was released in Region 1 on 18 August 2006, by Adlabs. On 21 August 2006, it was released for all regions by Filmkraft. Apart from the German dub, the language used in the film remained Hindi for other regions, subtitles were added for many languages, including English, Arabic, Dutch, French, Hebrew, Malay, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam.
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