Cineswami analyses the fate of Rakesh Roshan’s next
For those of you who despaired at Kangna Ranaut’s bizarre outfits and hairdos in the Dil tu hi bata song in Krrish 3 and cringed at the sheer ’80s tacky cheesiness of the God Allah aur Bhagwan number in the same film (that also declares that Rajesh Roshan’s musical talent is dead) take heart – the film will be a hit. Why? The cultured amongst you may ask. Thankfully, the naysayers are in a minority. To analyse why the cringe-worthy Krrish 3 will be a hit, one has to look at the season and also take a journey back into time. So, strap yourselves in, or balance yourselves on the pot as the case may be and imagine a basso profundo Harish Bhimani intoning Main samay hoon.
We are in 1987. Faded actor turned debutant Rakesh Roshan has successfully (and extra-legally) adapted Jeffrey Archer’s Kane And Abel as Khudgarz, starring Jeetendra and Shatrughan (Shotgun if you will) Sinha as friends turned foes. Roshan’s genius was to make Sinha an earthy man of the people. It helped that his brother Rajesh was working at near peak capacity and came up with the chartbuster Aap ke aa jaane se, picturised on then it pair Govinda and Neelam. The film’s success saw it being remade in Tamil by Suresh Krissna as the humongous Rajinikanth and Sarath Babu starrer Annamalai.
The very next year, 1988, Rakesh Roshan successfully (and extra-legally) adapted the Australian television miniseries Return To Eden, as Khoon Bhari Maang. Brother Rajesh ripped off Vangelis’ immortal and Oscar winning Chariots Of Fire theme as Main Teri Hoon Jaanam, which featured a young, nubile, albeit cross-eyed Sonu Walia in a swimsuit. Rakesh Roshan’s real genius was in selling us (and Kabir Bedi in the film) the fiction that Rekha, a decade older, was hotter than a young, nubile, albeit cross-eyed Sonu Walia.
We could go on and analyse Rakesh Roshan’s directorial career threadbare, but you, his audience, have a notoriously short attention span, so we’ll keep it crisp. Roshan successfully (and extra-legally) adapted Steven Spielberg’s (some might argue Satyajit Ray’s) E.T. and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind as Koi Mil Gaya and created a winning superhero franchise. We are now in the third iteration with Krrish 3. So, why will it be a hit? For one, it is releasing in the Diwali holiday frame when those not preoccupied with gambling their life savings (and your part time wife, if you are Yudhisthira) away are in search of entertainment, away from the incessant din of firecrackers made by indentured children in Sivakasi, or more likely these days, in Henan, China.
Though it is heartening to note the failures of Boss and Besharam, the entertainment sought these days is increasingly undemanding. Not for us the state of the art special effects that RA.One gave us and failed in the bargain. No, we embrace tacky and this Krrish 3 will give us in spades. As an all-embracing nation, there will be some kinky takers for Kangna Ranaut’s bizarre outfits and hairdos in the Dil tu hi bata song. The sheer 80s tacky cheesiness of the God Allah aur Bhagwan number will be ignored in favour of the argument that it is a paean to religious harmony. And Hrithik Roshan. How can we forget him? We get two of him – one all effort with veins popping out all over, and the other, making faces, as the special needs person. Add failed hero Vivek Oberoi as the villain and we have the all the makings of a classic comedy. Can’t fail really.