Whether it was Shah Rukh Khan in Ra.One , Tiger Shroff in The Flying Jatt or even Hrithik Roshan in Krissh. The Indian super-hero film compares disastrously with its American counterpart.
As Rakesh Roshan explained to me while justifying the relatively low-blow rendition of super heroism, “We can’t afford to make films comparable with the Hollywood super-hero films. We’ve neither their budget nor their infrastructure.”
Fair enough. This is the Third World. And our movies reflect an under-nourished spectacle.Our movies are not off the mark when they seem to be Uncle Sam’s poor country-cousin. Hrithik’s mask in Krissh seemed to be borrowed from Armie Hammer’s Lone Ranger.And when he flew he looked like a bird with severe diarrhea.
Would Karan Johar finally rectify the tacky element in the Indian super-hero film with his own take on the super-hero genre in Bramhastra?
While no expenses are being spared to ensure a heightened propriety in the presentation we have very little reason to hope that thisKaran Johar film will break the tacky spell on the desi super-hero genre. For one, Ranbir Kapoor looks anything but super-heroic. He has a personality that lends itself credibly to the common man’s workaday strife.
If the truth be told,larger-than-life heroism would suit no Bollywood actor except maybe Salman Khan who was also cheesy as super-hero in Kick.
What to do???!!!
Secondly the director of Bramhastra is Ayan Mukerjee who has made wimpy films about nerdy heroes in Wake Up Sid and Yeh JawaniHai Deewani.What is his qualification to make a super-hero film, and that too with his best-friend in the lead? This project threatens to lapse into idol worship even before release.
Statutory advice: do not direct a film where the leading man is your bestie.
Lastly Ranbir won’t even be seen in a super-hero suit. A super-hero film with no costume for the super-hero is like a temple with no idol. You need to fix the heroics to a suit.