Who’s Your Super 30? Film Review

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Super 30 Courtesy Wikipedia

Super 30 Courtesy Wikipedia

Yes it is true that Education is not a basic human right and a big money making business. While many Governments pretend to offer it free or try to, the quality is affected and the number of students can make it harder to maintain a stable environment and infrastructure.

But this is not a lecture about how education can be fixed (which it should be), apart from making it more relevant to life skills and creativity and definitely affordability and equality, this is a Film Review of Super 30.

Hrithik Roshan has been almost invisible from the silver screen since Kaabil and has been missed. He brings a powerful, honest and heartbreaking performance in the portrayal of real life mathematician hero Anand Kumar.

Super 30 is the story of transformation, inspiration and determination of one simple man called Anand Kumar. Anand is a genius mathematician and through the sheer aspiration of his father and then his own conviction to train a group of 30 students to get an equal chance at changing their fate.

The film’s director Vikas Bahl, though he faced sexual harassment charges upon the launch of publicity for the film, has delivered an excellent film. Sanjeev Datta has written a masterpiece that with the entire effort of the cast and production crew deserves an entry into the Academy Awards. If the Oscar can go to A Beautiful Mind or The Theory of Everything then why not Super 30.

The film also inspires a person to think who can be their own “Super 30” where they can help change lives and possibly bring in equality, opportunities, justice or a breakthrough.

One of the best scenes was when Anand (Hrithik) takes the blessings of the tea boy who told him about getting published in the Mathematics Journal. That was not only a turning point in his life but a testament to the honesty and respect he had for others and most of all for education.

You Can’t Control Love, Jab Harry Met Sejal Film Review

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Jab Harry Met Sally Courtesy InToday Desi Martini

Jab Harry Met Sally Courtesy InToday Desi Martini

Jab Harry Met Sejal is getting terrible reviews around the world. Here’s the thing, Imtiaz Ali sees beyond superficial love stories and everyday human beings. He has the eye to see the real person and how they struggle with being themselves and falling in love.

Sejal (Anushka Sharma) stops Harry (Shahrukh Khan) and tells him that he has to help her find the ring her fiance proposed with. Harry is off duty as the tourist guide and tries hardest to convince her that the search can be done differently rather than him repeating the tour with her only. Sejal is adamant and even when Harry confesses to her that he is a big flirt and control himself with women, she tells she can and that the search must happen together.

The journey begins and obviously they fall in love. Yes, that happens. But what is unusual is that they end up discovering and being comfortable with their true identities. Each saves the other.

The music by Pritam rocks and flows with intensity and fun throughout their trips. Imtiaz loves Europe and probably this is the last time he will be able to be in his comfort locations. His next film should include the pair of Hrtihik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, it will be interesting to see how they bare their true selves or get into the skin of a complex character deep with emotions and meaning.

The wonderful work by Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma must not go unnoticed. Though, Shahrukh looks older and if Ranbir Kapoor was Harry maybe the charm may be different. Shahrukh is vulnerable, sexy and on fire. Anushka is nerdy but aggressive.

Jab Harry Met Sejal will be appreciated later in the years.