Krrish 4 and its Not So Original Predecessors

Krrish 4 is all set to release at the end of this year and, as of now, we know it’ll star Hrithik Roshan (obviously) and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. I was surprised that we even got to see the fourth film of this series (technically third because there was no Krrish 3, but I guess fourth because Krrish was after Koi Mil Gaya???). It’s been six years since Krrish 3, and we thought the superhero trend in Bollywood was dying. Clearly, we thought wrong. The black mask, superhuman strength and extraterrestrial creatures are here to stay. I am, of course, talking about the Krrish franchise, even though that sounded like Every Hollywood Action Movie, like Ever. Let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we.

 

 

Desi Megamind 2.0said it perfectly in his savage breakdown of the series: for Krrish 3, the writers chose a variety of ideas from Superman, X-Men, Iron Man, Dark Knight, and Spiderman! Kangna plays ‘Kaya’ (“inspired” by Mystique, more like photocopied), a fatal shapeshifting mutant. But these guys were thorough, so obviously Professor Charles Xavier had to be desi-fied by the one and only, Vivek Oberoi. He played Kaal—a handicapped henchman with telekinetic powers. Sigh. It’s like they didn’t even try.

 

Krrish (not Krrish 2, duh) was…something else. It was the first time Hrithik donned his Batman-esque mask and black suit, showing off his sexy muscles and chiseled chest (even in the cold climate of hill stations) at the drop of a hat. Like, we get the point dude, you work out. Aaanyway, he discovers his superpowers while saving Priya’s life, and well, you know the rest. But here’s where Desi Megamind2.0 gets super accurate: everything about the movie seems to be a rip-off. The plot is an “uncredited adaptation” of Paycheck (2003), and the poster was borrowed from Daredevil (2003). I wonder if Ben Affleck ever watched Krrish and thought to himself, “hmm, this looks familiar”.

 

But we have to give all our attention to the film that started it all: Koi Mil Gaya (2003). What a film. There are no words (mostly because there are only laughs). This movie was I C O N I C. And blatantly stolen from Hollywood, once again. Take ET from the film, ET (1982), colour him blue and inject him with a few kgs, you’ll have Jaadu! An extraterrestrial alien lands on Earth and befriends a young boy and his family, helping him grow and find love along the way. Interestingly, though, ET itself was inspired from Satyajit Ray’s short story, “Bonku Baabu Bondhu”. So yay, win for India!

 

And there you have it. A unique series about the extraterrestrial and superhuman that is…not unique at all. Rakesh Roshan, if you’re reading this, just know that we are hopeful for Krrish 4. It’s 2020, and we’ve all grown up. No more cheating! Give us a film that is new and entertaining. But if there’s one thing you should carry forward from the previous films, it’s how heartwarming they are. You have to admit that the Krrish series warms your heart and makes you believe that anything can happen.

That’s why we keep watching them.

 

 

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