Movie Review: ‘Super 30’ is an outstanding inspirational tale

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Policenama Online – “Super 30”; Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Tripathi, Aditya Shrivastava; Director: Vikas Bahl; Rating: **** 1/2 (4 and a half stars).

“Super 30” is magnificent survivor of a film. It survives Hrithik Roshan’s atrocious “Bihari” accent, probably picked from one of the many Lalu Yadav skits on the internet. It not only survives the verbal abomination, it also stakes it claim among the most inspiring and kindred films on the empowerment of the underprivileged through education.

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Mathematician par excellence Anand Kumar couldn’t have hoped for a better showcasing of his remarkable work in the field of education. Of course the original endeavour to give the dis empowered students a chance to make a place in the sun, has been substantially amplified and dramatized. The climax specially, shot on a hospital premise with the protagonist’s students taking on a gang of professional goons, is a hoot.

But then, this film survives the onslaught of the outrageous, from the hero’s accent to the film’s climax, to create a very special and precious place in our heart. What comes across is the warmth and empathy of the selfless fearless educationist who would walk that extra mile–literally to educate, empower and edify the life of poor students.

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And what a marvellous bunch of eager anxious underdogs director Vikas Bahl has assembled in Anand Kumar’s class act! The students feel real and gloss over many of the narrative’s broad melodramatic leaps of faith. Some of their activities in the classroom are stretched out and a tad tedious.

A Otherwise, Anand Kumar’s story moves at an even pace, bringing out his humanism and generosity of
spirit without ever resorting to over-sentimentalization. What we get are some fabulously choreographed songs specially the “Basanti” number where a wonderful parable of empowerment is created at a very public place during Holi where the rich kids are shown to be “put in their place” by Anand’s downtrodden army.

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