We have seen him shine in the intimate family drama with Udaan. We have seen him in the romantic tragedy with Lootera. We have also seen him in the anxiety-provoking behind-the-scenes with Trapped. Vikramaditya Motwane is back in a new style. It is with a superhero movie! Bhavesh Joshi Superhero is a project that was born right after Lootera and that should have starred Sidharth Malhotra in the title role.
Inspired freely from an Indian comic book character, the film has long been stalled before being resuscitated by the filmmaker. It is co-produced by Phantom and Eros. On the cast, it is the young Harshvardhan Kapoor who is in the main role, who will hope to revive his early career after the sinking of Mirzya. So what is the film about?
To tell the truth, Motwane wanted to keep the secrecy around his project as long as possible and very little information leaked in the media. The director has now broadcast two posters of the film with a strong visual in comic books style. The aesthetic is luminous and almost cartoonesque, and yet very adult. And to raise a little more buzz, today the producers have just released a first teaser that we find here:
Even if the super-heroic genre has hijacked Hollywood for many years, it has not really caught on in India. Aside from the Krrish franchise, no movie has really attracted a loyal audience. RA.ONE had been much criticized despite a more than respectable box office collection. We hardly remember the industrial tragedies that were Drona, A Flying Jatt and the few mashed series that tried.
It is in this context that Bhavesh Joshi Superhero arrives and one thing seems clear. Vikramaditya Motwane intends to add his touch of auteur cinema to a genre battered by the hollow codes of current blockbusters! Ultra-neat aesthetics, dark and raw atmosphere, the adult universe and the promise of realistic combat. This places Bhavesh Joshi Superhero far from the kitsch and childish good humor of Krrish.
But beyond a style that seems radically more mature than what has been done in India in the genre until now, the film seems to have a more American aspect. Story to finish with the cardboard masks of Krrish and A Flying Jatt we are entitled here to a truly original and technological design.
Not sure that the Indian public is ready to adapt, but Bhavesh Joshi Superhero promises to be an extremely promising project from one of the best filmmakers of the young Indian generation.