I watched Krrish [or is it Kriish or Krishsh or Kkrishh?]. And learnt more than I did from Asimov and Douglas Adams. Some samples:
- The computer is never wrong. In other words, ‘To err is human’. Corollary for a computer that predicts the future is: Never ever think you have the power to change your future.
- A leading software company need not stick to software. Like in this flick, they want to ‘design a computer that predicts the future’. Guess they were so keyed on efficiency that they decide to build everything starting from the microprocessors. And I guess that was absolutely necessary: even in this high efficiency mode, the system occupies a whole ballroom – the walls of the room are made of microprocessors and circuits that are amazingly easy to wreck. I suppose it’d take a lot more effort to rip apart a laptop compared to the futurepredictor- it looks like UNIVAC and ENIAC met The Matrix.
- The villain [Naseeruddin Shah] wouldn’t have been the villain if he had followed his childhood dream of being a newscaster [he keeps having these flashes where he gives us regular updates about his plans in the form of news broadcasts]. He articulates better than Rajdeep Sardesai on one of his better days, and doesn’t get all worked up even when he’s talking about himself.
- When a man runs faster than a horse, he ages ten years by the time he reaches home, and his hair attains the texture and cut of the horse’s mane.
- You can keep your anonymity by going off to a remote place which has one telephone.
- Ex-Miss Worlds’ who suppose the population of India stands at 2 billion, and that Mother Teresa lived for years after her death can’t pout for nuts.
- People in Singapore are very work-oriented: they don’t disrupt their ordered traffic even if everyone’s favorite superhero is running berserk jumping on cars and off buildings.
- Archna Puran Singh can carry off non-speaking roles [like the one in Jhankaar Beats] with better elan than her role in this film as a pseudo-accented media head.
- When Indians go abroad, they speak in Hindi, even to Chinks.
- A desi rehash of Super-Spider-Tarzan-SoftwareEngineerMan is all it takes to inspire tweens to take up infotech as a career option. I’m not kidding. Half the little boys in the theatre were thinking of how to ‘make a computer’ that predicts the future, one that can see the past, one that makes time travel possible, one that does their homework, one that runs the country, and other things like that. Aww, wish Bill Gates or Stallman or Linus Torvalds was more popular that they’d think of writing software that can run on any system.
PS: watched Superman yesterday. The only excited person in the cinema hall was a highly neurotic kid next to me who kept bursting into giggles whenever Lex Luthor’s bald head came into view.