More than an inspiring biopic, Vikas Bahl’s film is a convincing message on dedication, determination, and importance of hard work
‘Super 30‘ has finally released and Hrithik is back for his fans in one of the most triumphant ways ever. More than this, the film is a notion that not only gives Hindi cinema glory but also immense faith in quality content that instills hope in the industry. A biopic at the crux transcends the boundaries of how a film of such genre should be made by making you root for the real man in almost every frame. Of course, that comes with not just the persona of the man whom the film is based on, but also some marvellous skills of film making blending together. You do wonder- what took Bollywood so long to finally come up with the story of this man?
Based on the humble genius mathematician of Bihar, Anand Kumar (Hrithik Roshan), the film explores his journey of starting his own coaching classes named Super 30 for less privileged IIT aspirants.
While the basic story or rather the primary information about Anand Kumar is already known, the film serves as a perfect add-on to the knowledge that is there in the public domain, by actually giving the audience so much that deserved to come forth. The screenplay penned by Sanjeev Dutta is a treat for not only cinema buffs but also the ones who only seek entertainment, making it wider in approach.
The film actually works on the smart execution and the feelings it evokes. The film talks at length about the struggles of Anand Kumar and also of the students who enroll with him. Also the parts focusing on his struggles after he started the class are moments of gold. It’s indeed intelligent of the makers to inherently weave in elements that resonate with the Indian audience (culturally and emotionally), without the making the film pretentious overall.
Kudos to the acclaimed director Bahl for filming some of the key scenes with so much conviction that you are either filled with emotions, or goosebumps or they wrench you. The scenes where Kumar is seen with his mathematics problems, sharing an unimaginable bond with his students, or the ones where he rises up against the society pulling him down are to die for. Also the usage of rains, storm, cycle, and added non-dietetic sounds for peculiar effects take the story to an all new level of allegory.
There are some hurdles too, not much overpowering though. While you as an aware audience crave for the controversial parts of Anand Kumar’s life (which are otherwise played in public eye), you also sometimes are disappointed by the length of the film in the second half, seemingly taking the film slightly far from the focus point. But that’s minor looking at the wider projection of the film.
Hrithik Roshan after so long makes an everlasting impact with his unmatched acting skills. Of course, you might feel that the accent isn’t right (which is debatable), but the effort that he’s put in physically and mentally to get to the core of the character is commendable. He’s actually not the star that he is, he is Anand Kumar with all the mannerisms nailed on point. Naturally he carries the film on his shoulders, and he gives you a memorable experience. There are scenes where just with his expressions, he leaves a lump in your throat, especially the point when Anand gets to know that he’s admitted in Cambridge University.
Mrunal Thakur proved her mettle in Love Sonia, and yet again she delivers a power-packed act with moments that truly belong to her. In her role, she’s exemplary, in a way that you connect to her character really easily.
Aditya Srivastava, another gifted actor leaves an impression on you. Firstly, he has a beautifully written role and Srivastava brings in his own nuances to the character making it an enthralling notion. Pankaj Tripathi– less said the better. He is so good that you want more of him in every scene he is in. He breathes his character with his life, and you literally feel it.
Virendra Saxena is also equally good in the role he’s in. He brings in the required depth to the drama. Nandish Singh as Anand’s brother also gives a decent act. Amit Sadh in a special appearance is memorable.
Even actors who play Anand Kumar’s students have given a noticeable performance.
If this film finds you rooting for it, a major part of the credit goes to actors for bringing in that connect to the entire narrative. It’s a difficult film for actors, and hats off to the casting department led by Mukesh Chhabra for sharply taking the actors on board.
The songs by Ajay Atul don’t carry a recall value but add up well to the premise of the film. They also act as breathers and justify the narrative structure of the film. But you do feel that the local flavour is somewhat missing. The background score by them is very rightly placed to suit the sensibilities of the plot and dramatic arc of the film. It sets the tone for the major part of it.
Cinematography by Anay Goswami is magnificent to say the least for it moves completely in sync with the direction. The visual appeal of the film is rustic and real giving the an overall aura, which is of course liked. The frames, angles, and also the lighting also get symbolic in many points hitting at especially the cinema enthusiasts’ sensibilities. Production design by Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray also deserves special mention for keeping the film so real and culturally rich. The audience does get a visual representation of the places the story talks of, making the outlook much more comprehensive.
Editing by A Sreekar Prasad is to specially appreciate for the astute execution in terms of the structural flow. Hardly during the film would you find a dull moment keeping you invested in the drama all throughout.
After so many hiccups and controversies (when even the director had to walk out), the film has finally released. What a film it is ! It is an emotion actually. With so much to offer in terms of visual engagement, the story calls to be seen by one and all. Firstly, to look and cherish the good that’s happening in the society; to learn from the underlying messages shown in the film; and finally also to critically appreciate the technical genius the film is made with. A must watch.