Krrish – Indian Science Fiction Movies (2006)
- Hrithik Roshan as Krishna Mehra / Krrish and Rohit Mehra
- Naseeruddin Shah as Dr. Siddhant Arya, a megalomaniac scientist.
- Priyanka Chopra as Priya, Krishna’s love interest.
- Rekha as Sonia Mehra, Krishna’s grandmother and Rohit’s mother.
- Manini Mishra as Honey, Priya’s friend and office partner.
- Sharat Saxena as Vikram Sinha, Rohit’s old friend and co-worker.
- Archana Puran Singh as boss of Priya and Honey
- Bin Xia as Kristian Li, circus worker and fake portrayer of Krrish.
- Hemant Pandey as Bahadur, local tourist guide and friend of Krishna.
- Puneet Issar as Komal Singh, camp leader.
Five-year-old Krishna Mehra, son of Rohit and Nisha Mehra, undergoes an intelligence quotient test by a professor, who suspects that he has superpowers, due to Krishna answering all the questions flawlessly. His grandmother Sonia (Rekha) takes the young Krishna to a remote mountain village to conceal his unique abilities. Years later, Krishna (Hrithik Roshan) meets Priya (Priyanka Chopra) and her friend Honey (Manini Mishra) when Krishna’s friend Bahadur (Hemant Pandey) takes the girls’ camping crew near his home to camp. Krishna saves Priya from a hang glider accident and falls in love with her when spending time with her.
After returning home to Singapore, Priya and Honey are fired by their boss (Archana Puran Singh) for taking a non-permitted extension of 5-days in their vacation. In order to keep their jobs, Honey suggests her boss making a television program about Krishna. Aware of Krishna’s love towards her, Priya calls him to join her in Singapore to ask her mother permission to marry her. Krishna’s grandmother objects to this, saying that people will want to take advantage of his abilities. She then explains that his father Rohit was hired by Dr. Siddhant Arya (Naseeruddin Shah) to design a computer that could see the future in order to prevent wars and help prepare against natural disasters. However, Rohit later found out that the purpose of the computer was not for good purposes and he destroyed the machine. Rohit reportedly died in a laboratory accident that night, with Krishna’s mother, Nisha dying of a broken heart shortly thereafter. Krishna promises his grandmother that he will never reveal his powers, so she permits him to go. In Singapore, during the program’s production, Krishna keeps his word and reveals nothing exceptional about himself much to the disappointment of Honey and Priya, who get fired again.
Krishna later meets with kristian Li (Bin Xia), who attempts to raise funds to pay for his young sister’s leg surgery. He invites Krishna and Priya to the Great Bombay Circus, where fire breaks out during the performance. Several children remain trapped in the blaze, and Krishna gets faced with the dilemma of saving the children without revealing his abilities. He dons a broken black mask and puts his jacket on inside-out, creating the persona of Krrish. Later, when Kristian Li sees Krrish fighting some goons and removing his mask, he discovers his friend Krishna as Krrish. As Krrish is being offered a reward for his deeds, Krishna asks Kristian to assume the identity, so that he can pay for his sister’s surgery.
Meanwhile, Priya also comes to know that Krishna is Krrish when she sees the footage from her video camera. She and Honey decide to release the footage on TV to make Krishna a star. Krishna arrives and overhears them talking about how Priya had lied to him, and how they will reveal his identity. Just before Priya confesses to Honey that she has genuinely fallen in love with Krishna, he leaves, dejected.
After being confronted by Krishna at his hotel about what she said, Priya realises her mistake and stops her boss from revealing Krrish’s identity. She then meets Vikram Sinha (Sharat Saxena), who has been searching for Krishna for years. He informs them that Krishna’s father Rohit is still alive, and that after completing the machine, he and Rohit tested it and saw Siddhant holding a gun to Rohit’s head. Rohit understood that Siddhant was going to kill him and then use the machine for his own selfish needs. He was able to destroy the machine, before being taken prisoner by Siddhant.
Meanwhile, in the present timeline, Siddhant has rebuilt the computer after many years. He uses it to reveal his future and sees Krrish killing him. Siddhant then kills Kristian, thinking that he is Krrish. Krishna later follows Siddhant to his island lair. When Siddhant looks into the future again, he sees the same thing, and is shocked to see Krrish still alive and on his island.
When Krrish enters the compound, there is a vicious fight with Siddhant’s thugs. Krrish eventually defeats them and saves Priya and Rohit. However Vikram gets shot in the head by Siddhant. In the final scene, Krrish wounds Siddhant fatally. Before he dies, Siddhant asks Krrish who he is, and Krishna reveals himself. After revealing to Rohit that he is his son, Krishna takes Priya and his father back to India, reuniting him with Sonia. Rohit then uses his father’s special computer to call Jadoo, whose spaceship can be seen from a distance.
Hindi pronunciation – कृष
Director:- Rakesh Roshan
Producer:- Rakesh Roshan
Story by:- Rakesh Roshan
Written by:- Sanjay Masoomi (dialogue)
- 23 June 2006
Budget:- ₹450 million
Box office:- ₹1.17 billion
Krrish was the first Indian film to be shot in Singapore under the Singapore Tourism Board’s Film-in-Singapore subsidy scheme, and more than 60% of the film was shot there. Shooting was accomplished on location over a span of two months, from September to November 2005. Locations featured included the Singapore Zoo, the Gateway building, and the Singapore National Library. Another major filming location was Robinson Road, where heavy rains caused production delays. The Singapore police were on location to block roads and protect the filming equipment, such as when the film’s action scenes required two 250-foot high industrial cranes. Author Audrey Yue noted that the film shoot benefited Singapore by leading to domestic and Indian film-induced tourism.
Filming also took place in Manali and Film City in Mumbai. During filming of a flying stunt, one of the wires that was tied to Hrithik Roshan broke, causing him to fall 50 feet, though he landed safely on a shop’s canopy. Hrithik described the incident as a “freak accident”, stating, “I was skydiving to my death till I fell on a six-feet-long canopy of a shop that was out because of the slight drizzle. The canopy had iron rods. But I missed those rods too. What do I say? I guess the right word to describe the situation would be jadoo (magic).” Roshan also suffered other injuries during the film’s production. He tore the hamstring in his right leg during a circus scene, singed his hair while running through fire in another action scene, and broke his thumb and toe during strenuous training for the wirework.
Indian firm Prasad EFX assigned a team of more than 100 VFX specialists to work with Marc Kolbe and Craig Mumma to create the visual effects for the film. Included were sophisticated 3D modelling and computer animation, including whole body scans, 3D replicas of vehicles, fire sequences, complicated wire removals and compositing work. They prepared over 1,200 VFX shots, accounting for approximately 90 minutes of screen time. Describing the effects, Rakesh Roshan stated, “If you liked the visual effects in Koi… Mil Gaya, you will find them far better in Krrish. I do not think audiences have seen anything like this in Hindi films.”
The film’s soundtrack, composed by Rajesh Roshan, was released on 28 April 2006 by T-Series. Lyricists included Ibraheem Ashk, Nasir Faraaz, and Vijay Akela. Salim-Sulaiman provided the background score. It became the seventh best selling Bollywood soundtrack of the year.
|Krrish Soundtrack – Track listing|
|1.||“Pyar Ki Ek Kahani”||Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal||6:28|
|2.||“Koi Tumsa Nahin”||Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal||6:15|
|3.||“Chori Chori Chupke Chupke”||Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal||6:28|
|4.||“Dil Na Diya”||Kunal Ganjawala||5:54|
|5.||“Main Hoon Woh Aasman”||Rafaqat Ali Khan, Alka Yagnik||6:40|
|6.||“Big Band Mix”||Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal||6:01|
|7.||“Mystic Love Mix”||Rafaqat Ali Khan, Alka Yagnik||5:12|
Krrish had a good opening week, and tickets were reportedly selling for many times the original cost at some locations. Total gross collections were an Indian record of ₹416 million (US$6.5 million) (₹297 million (US$4.6 million) nett) for its opening week. Krrish became the second-highest-grossing film of 2006, earning over ₹ 690 million nett in India alone, and was classified as a “Blockbuster” by Box Office India. It also grossed $4,320,000 in the overseas market, where it was declared a “hit”. The final worldwide total gross was ₹1.17 billion (US$18 million). One week after Krrish was released, another superhero film, Superman Returns was released in India. Rakesh Roshan stated, “I was a little skeptical that Superman might hurt me, but fortunately it didn’t.” In fact, Krrish fared better at the box office in India than Superman Returns did.