Hrithik Roshan sinks his teeth into a part that’s all heart
Inspired by the life of renowned mathematician Anand Kumar from Patna, who runs Super 30, an initiative under Ramanujan School of Mathematics, where 30 highly underprivileged but academically bright students are inducted each year and trained free of cost to crack India’s toughest entrance examination of Indian Institutes of Technology, ‘Super 30’ attempts to take viewers into the inside story of the journey that began in the late 90s and the evolution brought by the man to the lives of the poor and the needy.
Anand Kumar (Hrithik Roshan) is a brilliant student and his love for Mathematics is unparalleled. One day, he is thrown out of a college library owing to his social status which prompts him to write his thesis for The Mathematical Gazette. When admission from The Cambridge University lands up at his door, unfortunate circumstances dissuade Kumar from pursuing his passion. Desperate times calls for desperate measures and Kumar’s family start selling paapads for a living, till a local owner of a coaching academy introduces him to the commercialization of education. While teaching at the centre, Kumar chances upon excellent students who are high on intellect, but low on means. Hence, the teacher discovers his true calling.
Written by Sanjeev Dutta, the story chronicles the journey of Kumar effectively. The screenplay is replete with clever every-day humour sprinkled in between for comic relief. But, the blatant attempt to add unnecessary drama for entertainment purposes tend to give you contrived scenes that seem straight out of a bad action flick. Especially, a shoot-out sequence at a hospital. I was remotely reminded of ‘Bhavesh Joshi Superhero’ with reference to this scene. Oh wait, it’s the Phantom influence speaking here. Also, a Holi sequence which attempts to eradicate language barriers isn’t particularly moving. The visuals by Anay Goswamy and the production design by Amit Ray and Subarna Chakraborty offer us the gritty aesthetics of India’s hinterlands. Technically, the big upsets arise in the editing by Sreekar Prasad as the movie is excruciatingly long at 154 minutes and the music by Ajay-Atul frankly seems repetitive and unoriginal. Though, the duo fares better with their background score.
Despite the film’s baffling running length, you’re kept invested by a sincerely rooted performance by its lead actor. Sporting a tone darker by many shades, a look well-crafted by makeup designer Vikram Gaikwad, Hrithik is unflinchingly exceptional in his portrayal of Anand Kumar, the Bihari accent though comes across as desperately put on. Complimenting him really well in the romantic portions is Mrunal Thakur as Supriya. She is beautiful and emotes well despite limited dialogues. Pankaj Tripathi as an English-obsessed politician brings the roof down, everytime he speaks. Aditya Srivastav, Nandish Singh, Veerendra Saxena , Sadhana Singh and Amit Sadh deliver justice to their parts. A delightful special appearance awaits you in the film, which I won’t reveal.
‘Super 30’ is sincere and committed to its subject but weighed down by its duration and unconvincing action sequences.