“Super 30” Review: A heartfelt journey that strikes a chord.
‘Super 30” is based on the true story of Anand Kumar, a renowned Mathematician who shaped the ‘Super 30’ coaching class in Patna, designed for the less fortunate, underprivileged, yet highly deserving students, trying to get admission into coveted institutions like IIT. It’s an inspirational and heartfelt true story about a man who understands the value of education. A life filled with controversies and hardships, Anand (Hrithik Roshan) rises from the bottom to the top. Truly a life worth telling in cinematic form. The question is, does the true story succeed at transforming into a compelling film?
For the most part, yes! There is a lot of heart in the film. The director and the writer seem to genuinely be concerned about the state of education and certain inequalities in the way the system functions. Broadly, the film achieves in communicating the message that education happens to be the privilege of those who have the access and economic recourses. For the rest it is a distant dream, which requires a push, and Anand Kumar is that push. He lives a life, striving to give lesser privileged, bright students, a fair chance at life!
The screenplay starts fast and it doesn’t take long for us to understand the personality of the protagonist. The situations move fast and the film doesn’t waste time at setting up the situations. There are many heartfelt moments throughout the movie. The second half slows down a bit and things start getting a bit too dramatized and far fetched. One also wishes that the filmmakers delved into a couple stories from the student’s perspective, in detail. It could have provided a unique angle to the film.
From a technical standpoint the film is a quality product. From the cinematography, to the camera movement/angles, to the production design, to the editing, everything is flawless. Speaking of flawless, while Hrithik Roshans cannot be termed as such, he seems to have given his 100% in this film. One can argue that he may not be the right casting choice, however there is a lot of sincerity in his performance. He truly seems to believe in the vision of his characters. Watching him is a pleasure. Nandish Singh, who plays Anand Kumars brother is competent and well cast. Pankaj Tripathi is brilliant as always! Overall, everyone complements each other!
Overall, “Super 30” is worth watching, mainly due to the story and the character. Go for it!
3.5 out of 5 stars.