Director: Vikas Bahl
Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Tripathi, Aditya Srivastava
Written by: Sanjeev Dutta
SUPER 30 is an inspiring true story based on the life of the genius mathematician Anand Kumar. The film is based in 1996, in Patna, Bihar. Anand Kumar (Hrithik Roshan) has just finished his graduation and it’s been established that he is a genius and is really passionate about mathematics. He has been felicitated by the education minister (Pankaj Tripathi). He really loves mathematical puzzles and goes to a school/college library in another town to access that book, but is thrown out. There he finds out if he solves an equation and sends it to the publishers of the book they’ll send him the book regularly. And so he does, and takes everyone by surprise, so much so that even Cambridge is ready to offer scholarship to this genius. But due to monetary reasons, he can’t go and is resigned to living the same low and poor life that he has been born into. He also goes to the education minister, who had said they can come to him for any help needed but then is let down by him as well. With the pressure to earn money and feed his family, he leaves everything, even the girl he loves, Ritu Rashmi (Mrunal Thakur), and starts selling papad. But one day, while doing his rounds, he comes across Lallan Singh (Aditya Srivastava), who runs Excellence Coaching Centre, an institute for those giving the IIT-JEE exams. He is aware of Anand’s brilliance in mathematics since he was in the college when Anand was felicitated. He gets Anand enrolled in his coaching institute as a premium teacher. With Anand’s teaching method meaning guaranteed success he becomes quite sought after. But one day, he realizes that so many brilliant minds can’t get a chance to showcase their talents just because they can’t afford it. That is when Anand decides to start his own institute where he decides totake on only poor students and teaches them for free. Again in doing so, he sacrifices everything in his life, even the person he loves and sometimes it would get so tough that he could barely manage to get food two times a day. What happens next and what trouble he faces, form the rest of the film.
The film does manage to make a mark on the audiences by the time it ends. A lot is happening in the film but the makers manage to bring it all together somehow. The first half is great. The romance shown between is Hrithik and Mrunal’s character in the film is full of innocence and they’ve shown it well. A few scenes really stand out in the first half like the library one. As good as the first half was, second half was equally terrible. The Holi scene in the film seemed completely unnecessary and frankly quite bizarre. The climax just falls flat on its face. The film has its heart in the right place but it just can’t keep itself together as well as the makers would have wanted. A few things that happen in the second half, seem overly dramatized and it becomes difficult for the audiences to buy that such a thing could have really happened.
Technically, the film is great. Cinematography by Anay Goswami is quite nice. The use of tones in places and compositions of a few scenes is really nice. Editing by A. Sreekar Prasad was decent, but he could have done something about the length of the film. The script again, starts really well but then the flaws slowly start to show and you feel maybe, especially for the second half, the makers would have refined it more. The production design was great. The costume design was good. The music is not of the chartbuster variety.
Performances wise, Hrithik Roshan has brought his A-game to the table in this one. The actor never puts a foot wrong and shoulders the entire film with ease and his sheer presence. This ought to be one of his careers best work in front of the camera hands down. He is the soul of the film. Mrunal Thakur plays her part well. Aditya Srivastava is quite good in the villainous role is a revelation. Pankaj Tripathi has a comparatively small role but he still shines in all of his sequences. Amit Sadh (Raghunath)’s cameo is good. The rest of the cast, especially the 30 children have offered some great support to Hrithik.
Director Vikas Bahl does a good job of making this film an inspiring one. He manages to make some things hit you hard, while at the same time making this film an entertaining watch. He is however let down especially in the second half of the film with a half baked screenplay and that’s the reason the movie never reaches the heights it promises in the first half.
At the box-office
The film has taken a decent opening and with a strong word of mouth the film is going to go strength to strength.