films is the much diminished power of the Hindi film hero as we knew him and the rise of the desi superhero.
So even the bone-crunching protagonist in formula films like Dabangg or Singham is at best equipped to wipe out crime and corruption at the mofussil level. Krrish, on the other hand does not merely protect his pregnant wife and genius father; quite like Peter Parker’s Spiderman, while at it, he is also saving the world from Kaal’s extraordinary evil genius. The stage is thus set for a battle of epic proportions that requires nothing less than a superhero to win it. Hrithik Roshan kitted out in his sleek black ensemble and the zig-zag lightning mask assures a child that there is a Krrish in everyone. All you have to do is channel your good side to turn into a superhero, he says. If only it was that simple. Fact of the matter is, besides the onus of saving the world, what sets a superhero apart from the regular hero is the costume, the gadgetry, extraordinary war-winning powers, and an unprecedented adventure.
“With great power comes great responsibility” goes the immortal superhero line from Spiderman. Well, now that Bollywood has channelled its superhero capabilities with much success, the industry needs to ensure that our desi brand of superhero keeps flying high, at par with his international counterparts.