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As a film, not as great as it could've been!
Nov 03, 2019 07:56 PM 3249 Views
(Updated Nov 05, 2019 12:34 AM)

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Considering the subject matter, I had been planning to give this a shot to see as to how this would pan out. I can't honestly say it was some brilliantly made film but is surely different and deserves some scrutiny.


THE MAIN CAST:


Hrithik Roshan. Anand Kumar


Aditya Srivastava. Lallan Singh


THE ESSENTIAL PLOT:


The film mainly revolves around a talented student from Bihar from relatively weaker economic strata of our society, who achieves great academic heights but is unable to follow it up into transforming it into something constructive, owing to lack of funding. He resorts to being a roadside hawker of sorts, but is quickly identified by an acquaintance, to seek a more rewarding job as a teacher. He becomes pretty good at it. With time, he develops a strong desire to educate the more unfortunate strata and break free from sharing the fruits of his efforts with others above him, who don't hold a candle to his abilities.


Thereon, it becomes an arduous journey of securing the means for educating 30 such fortunate students from the weaker strata, against all odds and those already thriving in this business. This film is about where does that lead to.


THINGS TO NOTE:


STORY: It is the kind of catchy story most people who have a penchant for supporting underdogs would quickly take a stand for. To add to that, it is loosely based on a true story. That will support the film's appeal to some.


SCREENPLAY: The parts that were there in the film for its cast and director were apt. However, one always got the feeling that there were parts imperative to its successful portrayal, which were missing.


For e.g.: I don't doubt that there are probably some in the weaker strata of every society, who could make a mark in this world at bigger heights. But that is not an easy or very common thing to achieve, given the innate baggage they would come with, given their bringing up. Probably an even difficult thing to depict in any art form.


Those aspects are touched upon, but not so adequately. The fears that the impoverished batch he's teaching express, when he's asking them to visualise are very real. How they would be quelled in reality, if at all, may not be practically as easily achievable as shown in the film. There needed to be more substance regarding that and also the selection process of the 30, which the film just hurried through.


The film turned it into a "Anand vs Lallan" piece inclusive of the politics and obstacles that may be inherent in the state where this story is set, rather than focusing on details of the roadmap of the "Super 30 programme" which led to the events. As a result, some parts feel unsubstantiated, some hurried.


PERFORMANCES: In my opinion, most of the supporting cast doesn't do really well or badly. Hrithik Roshan does pretty well in quite a few parts.


DIRECTION: The direction was good for the parts which were fleshed out, perhaps some overt dramatization was unnecessary in places. But for the parts which were not there or hardly there, he couldn't have done much.


NOTABLE SCENES:


1]In one scene, when he asks them to visualise themselves in IITs, they visualise that they are having difficulties coping with more refined sections of the society. In one instance, one such person is offering 1 of the 30 almonds citing it good for the brain. But how can the impoverished boy have those thoughts beforehand, as shown in the film, if he is not knowledgeable enough about it to start with?


The thing is Anand is coaching them to clear IIT exams, that is a very specific aim. It still does not necessarily guarantee they would cope well with others whose overall knowledge may be more and persona may be more civilized. Maybe the film could've focused more on the huge challenges or struggles for the same, rather than making it seem a very achievable success story. In my opinion, it makes it a bit unrealistic.


2]One good aspect of the story is that Anand motivates them by asking his students what have they got to lose, in this attempt? What do they have to fall back on? That is believable and logical, as people lacking natural motivation, often give in their best efforts when they either feel they have nothing to lose or everything to lose.


3]I think most scenes of Anand teaching, depict him as a clear talent in the way he is, but is not very cogent in the way he inspires others, least of all, the impoverished classes, to emulate the same. The script overlooks how difficult it might be for a third person to emulate something like that. Least of all students, whose basic education itself may not have been adequate.


4]Another unconvincing aspect was how the 30 impoverished students would muster up courage to deal with so many armed thugs. But lets' assume that is possible (clearly, acts of bravery are not very rare in this world) but them firing things like bow an arrows citing 63 degrees etc is a bit too much, considering their attempt is to thwart armed thugs sent to kill them. When you mention 63 degrees as an estimate for something it is ok, as you don't need to be accurate. When you are firing things at someone or some thing, you need to be. Clearly, their training did not include this, nor could all of them have a natural knack for this. It's not very believable.


5]I think Anand's character stresses upon the link between "Avashyakta" and "Avishkar" somewhere and I largely agree invention has more probability of being born with necessity rather than not. Not always though.


6]Most of the dramatical scenes are done well except in a few cases where it is a tad too much.


7]Hrithik makes 2 or 3 pretty noticeable gender reference mistakes during the course of the film in his language usage. Trivial, in an overall context, of course! But could've been avoided.


SONGS: There were some songs which were ok, but not necessarily great.


CINEMATOGRAPHY: In general, it was good. It wasn't the kind of film which required too much special add on effects.


To conclude, I think it was a film with a storyline which was pretty difficult to depict. The film chooses to celebrate the theme of success from a pretty early stage and then later focuses on a battle of the coaches kind of drama, not focusing enough on why the super 30 become super enough to achieve what they achieve. Hrithik's acting is good overall and is sort of a saving grace. I would give it a 6+/10 and only recommend it for a 1 time watch.


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