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Opinion: Vikas Bahl and Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Super 30’ is one Entertaining but Cliched Hindi film which tries to Break the Cliche of the Society.
Vikas Bahl and Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 is one Entertaining but Cliched Hindi film which tries to Break the Cliche of the Society. Strange but true, the film has a great real unconventional story to tell but the makers chose the conventional Hindi film way to present it, I am not complaining as long as it works on screen and in this film mostly it works. Super 30 is a classic underdog story inspired by the life of Patna based star mathematician Anand Kumar and his very popular Super 30 educational program. The story is only inspired by his life and not adapted which flashes in the beginning and that is great because the movie is made for the masses as it is highly dramatized like a common Bollywood affair making the protagonist almost a Superhero which is entertaining no doubt but in terms of films based on someone’s life it is called hagiography, so Super 30 for me is more of an inspirational drama than anything else. These days Hindi filmmakers are trying their level best to voice the need for equality in today’s society, recently the well made Anubhav Sinha’s Article 15 talked about giving equal importance to the people of every caste and here in this movie it talks about that education belongs to everyone irrespective of monetary or social difference which is absolutely fantastic because we need these kinds of films in the mainstream Indian Cinema. There are some problems with the film, the length is one of them. In the second half, it feels stretched and repetitive at a few places, the struggle of the teacher looks artificial and 15 minutes sharpening could have made it crisper.
Hrithik Roshan’s bronze make-up is another problem so is his accent, bits of the film seems to be stale as we have already seen it in Prakash Jha’s dull outing Aarakshan and also in the cult Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind. Some people might find the tone of the film unrealistic which of course it is but having said all that I feel Super 30 is an important film and you don’t feel the above-mentioned problems stopped Vikas Bahl and his team to deliver the message they wanted to show. Cinema is a mass medium and every film’s quest is to get maximum footfalls and Super 30 is unapologetically a cliched commercial film which tells an uncommon important story in a glossy way and majorly succeeds.
You may criticize Hrithik for not working on the accent but his performance as Anand Kumar is praiseworthy, his inherent honesty and earnest approach towards acting melts your heart through his portrayal. In the climactic scene, his expression brought tears in my eyes, it is just about perfect. He triumphs in many moments in the film, when he gets the news of his selection in the Cambridge University is one such scene where he is just amazing. There’s no trace of vanity in him and he gives his everything to this deglamorized role. Vikas Bahl is very good as the director, he has made a proper Bollywood film with a very unique kind of story where a normal teacher is projected as a hero and his journey inspires bigtime. A big clap for Bahl’s direction, we need more films on teachers and the importance of education in our country. Sanjeev Dutta’s writing is crowd-pleasing and works big time. The music by Ajay-Atul goes well with the film and the BGM is massy, cinematography of Anay Goswamy is balanced and art direction is authentic to the tone of the premise. The dialogues are effective, veteran editor A. Sreekar Prasad is not at his best here but even his average work is better than others.
But the main stars of the film are the supporting cast, superb casting by Mukesh Chhabra. Virendra Saxena as Anand’s father is a gem, Aditya Shrivastava as Lallan Singh despite being caricaturish does a great job, Mrunal Thakur as Anand Kumar’s love interest in a small role leaves her mark. Nandish Sandhu as Anand’s brother and Amit Sadh as a small-time reporter lent able support to the hero. The 30 fresh kids primarily ignored are very raw and looked real, Vishal Sah, the guy who plays Radhe Mohan has some screen presence and Azan played by Prem looks sincere among others. But save the maximum applause for Pankaj Tripathi, he is phenomenal as always and makes the local minister alive. He has so much Bihar in him which makes it so endearing to watch the man on screen, all his scenes are probably the best ones in the movie.
Yes, it could have been better but overall Vikas Bahl’s Super 30 despite being cliched in the treatment brings to the mainstream celluloid what our society desperately needs, that is change. It is entertaining, enriching and the intention is pure, I am going with 3.5 stars out of five.