Hrithik stuns as Anand Kumar; Super 30 hits the right chord

KOLKATA: ‘Education is the road to heaven. Yeh Swarg kaise milega? Business
karke,’ says Pankaj Tripathi who essays the role of the education minister in Vikas Bahl’s
film ‘Super 30’ set for release tomorrow.
This pithy dialogue perhaps adequately sums up the current scenario of education in
India.
In a first of sorts ‘Super 30’, based on the true story of mathematics teacher Anand
Kumar who grooms underprivileged kids, was shown to select media in Kolkata
yesterday ahead of Mumbai.
Of the many releases in 2019, this biopic is creating a louder buzz as Hrithik Roshan
will be seen after almost two years. His last film was ‘Kaabil’. It will also be interesting
to see how the fresh pairing of Hrithik and Mrunal fares on the screen.
Hrithik stuns as Anand Kumar with his de-glam looks and nuanced performance,
effectively catching the ethos of Bihar in his keen execution.
Television star Mrunal Thakur holds her place well though she scarcely has anything
to do. Pankaj Tripathi steals the show with his stellar performance as education minister.
He captures the screen in every frame and leaves all spellbound. Pankaj also injects
the perfect dose of humour.
Amit Sadh plays a journalist who echoes the voice of media persons countrywide
saying a person can’t scream at the media.
After the bad patch of ‘Shandaar’, this film has demonstrated a solid rebound for
director Vikas Bahl. Vikas, who came to limelight by helming ‘Queen’, is basically
known to depict a story with sheer excellence.
Anay Goswami who captured films like ‘Mom’, ‘Fitoor’, ‘Kai Po Che’ and ‘The
Japanese Wife’, this time also has done full justice to the film.
Amitabh Bhattacharya is significant with his lyrics and Ajay-Atul put a regional vibe
in their music. ‘Question Mark’ has been sung by Hrithik himself, complementing the
journey and acceleration of the thirty super brains. But the background music could
have been less loud.
The dialogues remind one that the difference in the socio-political situation of 1996
and 2019 are more or less similar when Hrithik says, “Siksha par toh saabka adhikaar
hota hai sir.”
In another context Tripathi says, “Education is the road to heaven. Yeh swarg kaise
milega? Business karke. Aur aaj ki date mein education se bahriya business kuchh
nahi”.
The film questions how much our society has evolved. When the country is facing
the vernacular languages issue, ‘Super 30’ states, “Sabki English Hindi Hai”. For
Bihar, it’s on a perfect note.
(AGENCIES)