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A kids' movie for all

A kids' movie for all

By K N Gupta

Eye TV India Bureau

Cast: : Voice of Om Puri, Juhi Chawla, Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher, A K Hangal
Director: Vikram Veturi

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Bollywood doesn't come out with many a children movie, so any movie in this genre is always welcome. But, 'Krishna aur Kans' released Friday (Aug 3, 2012) shows that the industry is quite capable of making a name in this kind too, and we can do without Hollywood's animated movies. This is a good movie not only for kids, but also families. Since it is made in 3D, it's fantastic indeed. The story is well known inasmuch as it's based on Hindu mythology. But, the way the movie depicts the Krishna versus Kans (good versus evil), it leaves a great impact on the movie watchers. On top of all, the cast comprising very senior actors has made it all the more interesting. In fact, the cast shoulders the movie.

In the movie, the entire kingdom of Mathura gets fed up with unbearable cruelties of their King Kans, maternal uncle of Lord Krishna. Kans wants his subject to treat him as God. But, when he comes to know that the eighth child of his sister Devki will kill him, he puts his sister and her husband Vasudev behind the bars so that their children are killed as soon as they are born. He kills one by one and waits for the eighth child. As the luck would have it, the eighth child is also born in prison but Vasudev takes him (Krishna) away to Devki's sister Yashodhara for a safe place in Vridavan. Even in his childhood, Krishna shows his divine prowess through his daredevil feats to Kans by defeating all demons/evil spirits sent by Kans. This provides a great relief to the subjects/ inhabitants of Mathura as they sigh relief that Krishna will sooner or later put an end to Kans' cruelties.

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Om Puri' in the villainous role of Kans plays excellently well. Juhi Chawla as Yashodhara is superb; she brings out Krishna better than her son Balram. Lord Krishna's historical childlike feats like playing flute, befriending the local girls, and stealing of butter are portrayed exceedingly well. Special effects add charm. And, top desi singers - Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal - leave nothing unturned by lending their sweet and melodious voices to the songs, making them evergreen and memorable. The credit for music goes to Shantanu Moitra. The release of the movie in Saavan month of Hindu calendar when Lord Krishna was born is the most appropriate from all aspects. The story, the screenplay and the dialogues are very well crafted. Dialogues and proper nouns are in chaste or Sanskritised Hindi, so difficult for today's children to comprehend. Wonder if the item number was essential in a children movie!

On the whole, the movie is watchable and enjoyable by all, of course including children.

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