Originally posted on Variety:
The silly, square and charming Bollywood superhero picture “Krrish 3” measures up pretty well, provided you bear in mind that it’s more of a kids’ movie than its U.S. counterparts. Already a huge hit in India the day after it opened, the brightly colored, upbeat film is a world and a worldview away from Christopher Nolan’s anti-heroic noir psychodramas, although writer-director Rakesh Roshan happily lifts an unmistakable blaring sound effect and a key Swiss mountaintop location from “Inception.” Grownups may find their eyelids sagging, but 10-year-olds should be enthralled.
No brooding and growling for this superhero: He is named after a Hindu god (and played by the director’s son, Hrithik Roshan, who looks like one) and his best bits have him doling out pearls of wisdom to wide-eyed preteen admirers. (“Every time you use your powers to help others, you are Krrish.” Like that.)
The series began with “Koi … Mil Gaya” (2003), a sort of Hindi “E.T.,” in which a Krishna-blue stumpy alien befriended a winsome disabled boy, Rohit Mehra, and transformed him into a genius. The younger Roshan seemed to have a great time playing non-stud muffin Rohit (and romancing Preity Zinta), and he did some of his best loose-limbed dancing in the nerd boy’s baggy trousers.