Review by Rishi Kapoor
Movie showcases the inspiring journey of Patna-based mathematician Anand Kumar, played by Hrithik Roshan, who sets his institute ‘Super 30’, designed especially for deserving, underprivileged children aspiring to get admission to coveted educational institutions.
Anand Kumar (Hrithik Roshan) is introduced with a flashback. Though his brilliance gets him a seat in the prestigious University of Cambridge, he is unable to attend because of lack of money. As he goes from door to door looking for sponsorship, his father passes away and he is forced to sell papads made by his mother.
In a particularly heart breaking scene, his acceptance letter is used as a wrapper for his wares and carelessly discarded into the chulha. Anand’s fortunes turn around when he is discovered by Lallan Singh (Aditya Srivastava), who runs a coaching centre for IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) aspirants and wants him on board as a teacher. However, when Anand realises that there are many Anand Kumars out there who are forced to give up on their dreams because of impoverished circumstances, he decides to give up the good life and open a free coaching centre for such deserving but poor students.
Vikas bahl is back after a debacle of Shandaar and #Metoo controversy with a winner which is motivational & inspiring. The story & screenplay by Sanjiv dutta is bang on . Dialogues in the film are hard-hitting and will stay with you for some time.Hrithik’s performance is way superlative and deserves lot many accolades and awards this year.
Pankaj Tripathi as the education minister who runs a flourishing coaching business is fantastic. Mrunal Thakur has little to do, but holds her own in scenes with Hrithik. Aditya Srivastava, too, delivers a solid performance. The casting team has been extremely meticulous in choosing the actors for the biopic. Manav Gohil, Ali Haji, Vijay Verma fit perfectly in their brief stint.
The problem with this good subject is the length of the movie which could have been edited by 20 odd mins , the below average music and a brilliant story which has been twisted into a masala venture for mass appeal.
The movie leaves a good message that with the right support & motivation to the worthy candidates who don’t have the resource and backing can also shine like others. A good watch for the message and Hrithik’s performance.