As we are on the bring of the release of A Flying Jatt, featuring Tiger Shroff as a fearless Punjabi superhero, we look back upon some films that have already featured in this category.
Mr.India: Mogambo Khush Hua
One of the old time classics which patronised the name Mogambo in Bollywood, Mr. India featured the likes of Anil Kapoor as the invisible superhero, Sridevi as his sidekick and lover followed by Bollywood’s greatest villain, Amrish Puri who played the character of Mogambo. The movie was not only greatly appreciated at its time, but also is the clear topper of The Cinema Station’s Bollywood Superheroes list because every time I watch the movie I say”Mogambo Khush Hua”
Krrish Series: The 21st Century Superman
Kicked off from the adorable drama thriller Koi Mil Gaya, the Krrish series featured Hrithik Roshan in the superhero avatar as Krrish. The series kept its interest and vigour till the second part, with the third part losing out on its charm completely, ending up being just as a billion dollar commercial success. Krrish, after Mr. India will be our second pick of Bollywood superhero flicks, being the only prominent superhero our generation has seen after Shaktiman .
Ra One: Apparently King Khan Cannot Pull Of A Superhero
Naïve plot, timid acting and huge money at the box office are the standout features of Ra One. The movie saw the King Of Romance, Sharukh Khan play a superhero who comes to a life from a fiction game. Doesn’t that sound childish? Ra One went on to earn a lot of money and fame due to its mammoth marketing strategies, but failed to trouble the palates of cinema lovers
Drona: Its Rona ith the ‘D’ Silent
After Snr. Bachchan made his attempts in the superhero genre, his son also decided to have a swing and as expected it was a ship that sank before it could set sail. Another Bollywood flick which lacked substance and maturity, the movie did not trouble the box office even though it had stars like Kay Kay Menon and Priyanka Chopra playing major parts.
Mr. X: On Screen Kissing And Superheores Don’t go Hand in Hand
Emraan Hashmi’s superhero flick released on 17 April 2015 and just like his role of an invisible superhero, the film vanished from the theaters in no time. To be honest, the film had qualified actors like Emraan Hashmi and Arunoday Singh, but a weak story and poor direction hit the movie. The movie also featured comedian Tanmay Bhatt in his first Bollywood role and he too looked out of sorts. In short, Mr. X was nothing but a disaster.
Shehnshah: Andheri Raato Mein Sunsaan Raaho Par
He mastered romance, action, drama, thrillers and even the superhero genre was added to Mr. Bachchan’s heroics after Shehenshah. The film featured the likes of Amrish Puri, Amitabh Bachchan, Meenakshi Sheshadri and went onto be both, a powerful film and a commercial success of its time. The Cinema Station rates the film at par with the like of Mr. India and Krrish at the top of the stack.
Ajooba: And Mr. Bachchan Lost It
After the heroics of Shehenshah, Mr. Bachchan took a massive dip with his nex superhero venture, Ajooba. The film is not only ugly to sit through but is ranked amongst Bollywood’s top commercial flops. The film also included Rishi Kapoor, Amrish Puri and Dimple Kapadia, but despite a fairly decorated starcast the film turned out to be an apology.
Aparichit(Tamil Verison: Anniyan): Aam Aadmi ka Superhero
Starring the multi-talented Vikram as a superhero was always going to be a calculated move which was going to pay off, and it did. Aparichit with its unconventional yet meaningful script and heart throbbing acting performances is one of the best superhero films you would see. Directed by the famous S. Shankar, the film portrays a superhero suffering from a split personality disorder. The character focuses on the pain points of the “Aam Aadmi” and resolves them in the most insane methods possible.We would rate this as a must watch in this genre.
Toonpur ka Superhero: One For Your Kids
Many of you may not even have heard of it, but Toonpur Ka Superhero did exist and was released in the best multiplexes around you. Surprised ? Well, the movie had an average script and featured one of the most adorable couples of Bollywood, Ajay Devgn and Kajol. A major chunk of the movie is narrated by Sanjay Dutt while the lead couple is fighting goons in a cartoon land. Yes it is as juvenile as it sounds and is fit only if you are under the 12 years.
Unlike the other features in this category Alag does not even have a memorable star cast except for the adorable Dia Mirza. Alag nurtures a poor plot and loosely bound actors with no purpose behind the film and would without doubt be at the bottom of the ocean of Bollywood superhero flicks. The movie was so worthless that even figuring out a tagline was difficult for us, hence the ‘?’
Shaktimaan: The Honourable Mention
If you have grown up in the past two decades you will definitely be familiar with this name. Agreed, the character did not make it to the 70mm screen, but was the most loved, adored and celebrated Indian superheroes. Played by Mukesh Khanna, the TV series was a regular Sunday feature and brought in a wide variety of villains. The series ran for over 500 episodes and is an all time classic.