Review of 'Super 30' movie

This article reviews the recently released Bollywood movie 'Super 30'. An outline of the plot has been given along with the areas where the movie performed well and the areas where it could have improved. Do enjoy reading this article.

Among the innumerable biopics that have been produced in Bollywood over the last five or six years, the latest addition is Vikas Bahl's Super 30. As most readers might be aware by now, the movie which was released on the 12th of July is based on the life of Mr. Anand Kumar, a mathematician, and educationist from Bihar who coaches poor but meritorious students for the IIT-JEE examinations. As the life of Mr. Kumar had been an inspiring one anyway (although shrouded in controversies of its own) the movie immediately piqued my curiosity. When a friend approached me with the proposal, I immediately hopped on board to watch the movie.

The plot

Anand (Hrithik Roshan) is an aspiring mathematician who clears the admission for Cambridge University but his financial condition doesn't allow him to go to the UK, despite his father, Ishwar's (Virendra Saxena) best of efforts. When his father dies a sudden death, Anand is forced to take up the responsibility of maintaining his family, along with his brother Pranav (Nandish Sandhu). He is forced to sell 'papads' made by his mother to generate income for the family. However, a chance encounter with the CEO of a coaching center, Lallanji (Aditya Srivastava) lands him a job and a fat salary.

All is well until Anand discovers that several underprivileged children are unable to prepare for IIT-JEE due to their financial condition. He gives up the job at Lallanji's place and starts his own coaching classes where he personally teaches 30 children, thus making him a competitor of Lallanji and his politician-patron (Pankaj Tripathi).To eliminate their rival these two use underhand tactics to defame Anand and even make attempts on his life. How Anand and his students from poor families overcome all odds is the main subject matter of this movie. His romance with his hometown girlfriend (Mrunal Thakur) is another subcomponent of this movie.

What works in this movie

Hrithik Roshan was really good as Anand Kumar, the main protagonist of the movie. Pankaj Tripathi has a short role, but it was impactful none the less. Mrunal Thakur, Virendra Saxena and Aditya Srivastava and in fact all the major actors in the movie plus the actors who were acting as the poor students (in Anand's coaching classes) were quite brilliant with their acting. For any movie, good actors are almost non-negotiable and when you have a cast as Super 30 had, you are sure to get something good out of them.

What didn't work

The movie was extremely long. This is not a bad thing in itself, provided the story has enough elements to keep it going. But the core of the movie, i.e. a teacher coaching poor kids who make it to the IIT, could have been completed in a wholesome manner within far less than the 154 minutes (yes, 154 minutes) that it ultimately ended up taking. There were plenty of scenes, especially in the first half of the movie, that could have been skipped without taking anything out of the movie. The romantic life of Anand Kumar could have been slightly shortened and the transition between the romantic Anand Kumar and the mathematician Anand Kumar could have been much smoother than it ended up being.

Another scene that could have well been skipped was the ludicrous scene where Anand Kumar's students stage a skit outside the affluent coaching institute run by Lallanji. The scene ultimately culminates in a song called 'Basanti No Dance' (No kidding, that was the actual title of the song). The purported aim was to help the students gain some self-esteem in front of the richer kids but in the end, it ended up being so laughable that I was left wondering how the kids acting in the movie didn't die of embarrassment. The makeup artists could have done a slightly better job in covering up Hrithik's hazel-green eyeballs and the background music could have been more subtle as well.

In case of biopics, there is an amount of predictability anyway (for obvious reasons), therefore, the quality of the movie depends on how well the entire thing is presented and how far it conforms to the truth. 'Super 30' adds a lot more drama to the life of Anand Kumar than what is needed. It has to be remembered that the actual Anand Kumar himself ran another coaching institute called Ramanujam School of Maths and he used the earnings from this coaching center to sustain himself and Super 30. In the movie, Anand depends solely on his past savings which end midway through. This is obviously done to increase the drama of the movie, but the actual Anand's life is dramatic enough already, isn't it?

So, should you watch 'Super 30'?

It depends on what you demand. If you are looking for the classic rags-to-riches Bollywood movie then 'Super 30' is a good watch. It makes you admire the courage and perseverance of the poor students who had to struggle against multiple obstacles to chase after their dreams. But if you are looking for something that would inspire you (or your son or daughter) as a student, do not watch this movie. It has enough drama and action but probably more than what is required, to the point that the core story itself ends up getting covered by it.


Author: Umesh18 Jul 2019 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

Very interesting review of the movie 'Super 30' by the author. It is not easy to make a good biopic as the Indian audience is habitual of seeing masala movies and a flat story may not impress them. So, it is natural that the director will add some unrelated but entertaining material here and there. The author has categorically detailed all the aspect of this movie and pros and cons of going to view it or not.

The story line of the movie is alright and the lesson and teaching of helping others even sacrificing one's career is well presented in the plot. The length of movies in Indian cinema has always been a matter of criticism and due to the traditional set up the director has to stretch the scenes and happenings to at least 120 to 150 minutes filling a few unrelated and unnecessary songs here and there.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha18 Jul 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

'Super 30' presents the success of youngsters hailing from unprivileged classes and the achievement of success with the selfless but dedicated effort of Mr Anand, who himself is a mathematician.

The picture Supper 30 depicts the involvement of the students of the famished classes in taking the initiative to crack the most prestigious IIT under the sustained guidance of Mr Anand.

The performance of the actors such as Pankaj Tripathy as a corrupt education minister, CEO of the coaching institute Mr Aditya Srivastava and Mr Hrithik Roshan as Anand Kumar is praiseworthy.

However, some relevant scenes where Mr Anand Kumar could have been seen guiding in different ways in solving the mathematical problems could have been added so as to inspire viewers who themselves are aspiring to crack this prestigious test.

It is a nice presentation giving a message to the society that we can mould the youngsters to become real achievers despite financial constraints provided someone is there to support them morally.

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