Movie: Super 30
Director: Vikas Bahl
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Pankaj Tripathi
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Super 30, a film that has had a long struggle with its story and its subsequent release, is finally in theatres. The film is directed by Vikas Bahl who was accused of sexual harassment and eventually led to the dissolution of Phantom Films. The team had decided not to give Bahl the credit but that he eventually has that in the film. Based on the life and times of genius mathematician Anand Kumar, this Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur and Pankaj Tripathi starrer has some low moments but proves to be a good watch, nonetheless.
The biopic follows the life of Anand Kumar (Hrithik Roshan) as he develops the Super 30 educational programme, which was established in 2002. The plan behind the programme was to select thirty highly skilled students from economically impoverished areas in India who were unable to afford coaching and tutor them to be able to pass the IIT Joint Entrance Examinations. The flick also focuses on Anand’s rags-to-riches story and how he garnered acclaim for his work in spite of obstacles holding him back.
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Anand Kumar would travel every week for six hours by train with no money just to access the library at BHU into which he used to sneak in because outside students weren’t allowed. Only so he could access the foreign journals which they stocked. . . It is the sneaking into BHU bit that got me 😜 . #Super30 #july12th
Hrithik’s superstardom is nowhere to be found as he completely hunkers down and becomes the average man from Patna. The film makes incredibly strong commentary about poverty in India and the divide between the haves and have-nots. Hrithik Roshan’s powerful depiction of Anand Kumar creates a hero’s aura all in the right places. The feel-good factor is placed creatively and sparsely in the narrative of the film in order to highlight that the film is, at the end of it all, about hope in the darkest of times.
If you thought you’d heard the worst make-believe accent when Anushka Sharma did the Gujju inflection in Jab Harry Met Sejal, you were wrong. Hrithik Roshan’s Bihari accent is far worse. Strangely it has no bearing on the film itself. Where Anushka Sharma’s accent in Jab Harry Met Sejal left a jarring impact on the entirety of the film, Hrithik Roshan’s not-so-great Patna inflection is a small error in the film Super 30. Hrithik Roshan plays Anand Kumar, the mathematician slash magician who coached underprivileged kids and became an inspiring story for many people.