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Super 30 Review: A Film That Brings Anand Kumar's Superheroism To The Fore
Most Indians’, okay okay most lower middle class people, only hope and route to a better life, is education. But higher education which is necessary to claim the biggest packages remains the privilege of a few. How, I say how, everyone can afford education where they have to spend lakhs of rupees just to write an entrance examination? This is where Anand Kumar, the mathematics whiz comes into picture. He turned an unfulfilled dream into a fulfilled reality for hundreds of kids.
A son of a king couldn’t become a king. Or have kingly qualities. The raw diamonds hidden in the dust must be unearthed. Not a single diamond manifest itself to the world. Some behind the scenes action must be there. Someone has to work to bring the genius to the notice of the world. Like an event which occurs without an observer can never be called an event (because it might not have happened too because none has seen it).
Similarly, if and only if the means is provided, we can see the wunderkinder from the underprivileged can be unleashed. You know Anand Kumar? You know that he teaches year after year 30 students without taking a penny (of course not single-handedly) and help them clear the prestigious IIT JEE examination which is their ticket not only to better world class higher education (professional education at that) but also to better life?
Buckle your seatbelts. We’re going to experience a bumpy ride - the journey of Anand Kumar from himself being an underdog to a teacher par excellence with Super 30 review.
Cape-less superhero Anand Kumar
Anand Kumar is from the small town world of Bihar. His father is a postman and their family is just a bit better than being impoverished. But he’s a genius. He knows the intricacies of mathematics inside out. His flair and passion for numbers makes it to International Mathematical Spectrum and (prestigious)The Mathematical Gazette (published in the United Kingdom).
Such was his talent (ah! Overused but here it’s more than apt) that subsequently he even secures an admission offer to the Cambridge University where the likes of J. J. Thomson and Ernest Rutherford walked and worked. But due to unavoidable circumstances (read: money), he has to forego of this chance. A once in a lifetime chance. Fortunately, all was not lost, at least for his livelihood. He was taken under the wing by Lallanji. With the recommendation, Anand gets the opportunity to teach highly privileged kids from high income families to teach mathematics.
But his personal failure haunts him. He, the man who knows the importance of money and the push the underprivileged needs in order to churn out miracles couldn’t continue in the comforts his personal income gives him. He begins to formulate a plan in order to bring education to the kids from low income families (can’t use underprivileged every time, okay?).
But can the coaching mafia which feeds upon the dreams of hundreds of thousands of students and their misinformed parents stay out and allow a man who want to change the system a bit at least within his vicinity? No way! Also, Anand lacked the means to provide the kids with proper nutrition. His plan was not just to teach them. But to provide food. All for free. He needs money. He even go to the extent of selling papads on a bicycle in order to earn money for a day’s worth of food.
Internal trouble in the form of leaving his love of life for his true calling. External troubles from all sides. The villains who want to eliminate his threat and the situations like lacking in proper monetary means. And as usual, how he overcomes all this and make his first and then the next batches success and achieve high rate of entry into the IITs with his students form the rest of the story.
Writing and direction
Vikas Bahl’s direction is to the point. He didn’t add unnecessary commercial elements to the film. But like a good filmmaker should he took a handful of dramatic liberties and brought tension element to the narration. But all this is done organically. With the help of the writer (Sanjeev Dutta) he created an intriguing narrative frame in the traditional underdog template. The real life Anand Kumar’s success is so dramatic and inspiring in itself that mere highlight reels from his life are enough of material and the writer director duo did a splendid of making it into a coherent plot.
The dialogues don’t stand out much as they are not written to create effect but to advance the narration. But few of the gems are worth taking notice of.
- Raja ka beta raja nahi banega, Raja wahi banega jo haqdar hoga.
- Aapattise aavishkar ka janm hota hain.
Of course we know these quotes. But uttered by the lead actor Hrithik Roshan in his best acting performance in the last half decade make them even more memorable. The screenplay used the classic three act structure. The ups and downs in the life of Anand Kumar are captured with required dramatic heft. Rather hearteningly, they focused on Anand Kumar’s steadfast resolve in making higher education accessible to the underprivileged children of our society.
When it comes to the performances, the kids who played the students of the eponymous Super 30 programme stand out. They as driven as the real students of Anand Kumar and brought a viral life force to the proceedings. Not a single kid could be singled out to say he/she failed to capture the emotions. They’re are Anand Kumar’s handpicked students (yes, he really handpicks underprivileged students who have the spark to be able to succeed in IIT JEE). Full stop. You want to hug each and everyone of them by the end of the film.
Pankaj Tripathi as the politically influential villain in a short screen time makes a mark. Mrunal Thakur has her moments to shine as the love interest of Anand Kumar. Aditya Srivastav as Lallan Singh, Virendra Saxena as Kumar’s father Ishwar and Nandish Sandhu as his brother Pranav Kumar... all did well to make their characters tick.
The songs are fantastic to listen to alongside the visuals. The background score is great but sometimes feel like a sore thumb by dominating the action. You may miss a few dialogues because of these excessive sounds. The cinematographer Anay Goswami is the real champ. The visuals are full of life and earthy. He has captured the spirit of the world of Anand Kumar.
The editing by the experienced hand A. Sreekar Prasad is sharp and trendy. He managed to give the proceedings a slickness despite the lengthy runtime (the second half). The production design is first rate. The locations and art work are authentic. The production values are worthy of a film by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and Reliance Entertainment. Super 30 is backed by highly sophisticated filmmaking.
Super30 is a well manipulated, well acted, deftly handled emotional tale of Anand Kumar who initiated the great programme. Hrithik nailed the character is an understatement. The kids are terrific. But this reviewer still don’t (and can’t) get why Hrithik's given that makeup? An Agnipath styling would have worked even better. Leave aside these ramblings, the movie is a screamer! Don’t miss it.
- Hrithik Roshan really went into the skin of the character
- The kids who played Super 30 and even the rich kids
- Pankaj Tripathi's electrifying cameo like role
- Writing and direction
- Sincerity in telling the story
- Second half is a bit lengthy
- Do we really need that styling to Hrithik Roshan? Are the makers telling that people from that background couldn't be Greekgods? ;-)
Pycker Rating: 3.75 out of 5
Reviewed by: GitacharYa
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A terrific tribute to the man who revolutionised education within his power. Saludos Anand Kumar and Hrithik Roshan. Of course, the makers too despite big bucks
Super 30 is one of the hotly anticipated films of the year and the fans can't wait to watch Hrithik Roshan on the big screen after a long gap of two and a half years. He plays the role of Anand Kumar, the acclaimed educationalist who started the program of Super 30 where he teaches a batch of 30 students from an underprivileged background and helps them get seats in the prestigious IITs. With the celeb previews completed, the initial talk for this film is overwhelmingly positive.
Some even went to the extent of calling this film a case study for its spot-on casting. Especially the kids who played the students of the lead character in the eponymous program. When an inspirational story meets an inspired actor magic happens. Hrithik Roshan puts his soul into Super 30 and touches hearts. Super teams put together great films. Excellent direction plus top of the line performances make Super 30 a must watch the consensus goes.
Super 30 is the movie of the year said a few. Inspiring story and emotions, especially in the climax make this movie the best. The climax forms the heart and soul of this film. The movie covers the education system, coaching mafia and talent the poor kids possess in India. Hrithik Roshan delivers an outstanding performance. A triumphant tale of an Indian mathematician’s quest to give free coaching to poor students. An earnest set of actors elevate this drama.
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What is Super 30 About?
Super 30 is about education. Of how a youngster, a genius at that -else how could he have a success rate of 88% in sending his students to IITs? - who coaches underprivileged students with his Super 30 programme, for IIT-JEE examination.
The program selects 30 talented candidates each year from economically underprivileged sections of Indian society and trains them for the Joint Entrance Examination for the entry into Indian Institutes of Technology.
Hrithik Roshan starrer film Super 30 fictionally documents the life and the way he he started the programme, and the trouble he went through to make it a success. The Vikas Bahl directorial is one of the hotly anticipated films of the year and interestingly it is the third major film on education to come out of Bollywood in 2019. While the previous two films are about the prevailing fraudulent activities in the name of education, Super 30 is a tale of an inspiring success, a truly essential film.
Super 30 Promises
The inspiring Anand Kumar
Anand Kumar, the highly respected educationist of the times himself selected Hrithik Roshan to essay the lead role and involved in the shaping of the film. Super 30 is, as already said earlier, shouldn’t be taken as is - the exact happenings of Anand Kumar’s life. Yes. For the most part, it will show the struggle behind the idea and Anand Kumar’s life before the stroke of genius. But as it should be with performing arts, we can expect a fictionalised record of the events. To teach 30 students by providing them boarding is no small feat.
And it is one of the greatest achievements as Children are the investment for the progress of the country. To impart value education and making the dreams of the underprivileged come true is highly commendable.
The students are also provided with study materials and lodging for a year free of cost. That, apart from classroom teaching. He doesn’t even take subsidies or donations. He uses the resources he earns by teaching in his other coaching institution.
Hrithik Roshan is one of the complete actors of his generation. The Greek-god-alike actor is equally at ease in performing offbeat and action commercial roles. Despite the criticism his tanned dark makeup received, his work lols to be spot on in the promos and trailers. He is one of the few actors who goes into the skin of the characters he plays.
Apart from that his affable nature, being a family man who loves his children, he could channel his real emotions into his roles. Playing a role like Anand Kumar is no easy task. It may border into the narcissism of not being done properly and may look preachy. This is where Hrithik’s subtlety comes to the fore. We’ll be sure that Super 30 brings out the best of Hrithik Roshan to the fore.
Vikas Bahl and his team
Limiting ourselves to his cinematic achievements only, Vikas Bahl is the director who had delivered a modern classic like Queen. He is capable of not just extracting the best out of the actors but can tell a story with compassion for the protagonist. Apart from that, he was involved with several highly acclaimed films. Phantom Films, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, and Reliance Entertainment produce this film alongside HRX Films.
The songs composed by Ajay-Atul already received a positive response while the background score in the trailer material is good. Ajay Goswami handles their cinematography. His body of work having films like Fitoor, Kai Po Che, and The Japanese Wife shows that he has his own visual language. Made to highest standards, Super 30 is edited by acclaimed editor A. Sreekar Prasad.
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