RATING 2 OUT OF 5 STARS
In a movie designed primarily for children, the violence should be kept to a bare minimum. In fact, if it can be done away with, it is even better. Younger children flinch at negativity shown on-screen and KRISHNA AUR KANS has some gory scenes in 3D that is sure to scare a lot many young ones away.
There's Kans Mama annihilating an entire village and killing seven newborn children of his sister Devaki, one after another, that is surely to dent a young mind. The reason of his killing is because he has been told that his sister's eighth son would prove to be his nemesis. So he is guided by his coterie to kill all even though he had decided to target the eighth son.
The eighth son is Krishna and Devaki and her husband are guided by the gods to take the son to Yashoda who has just given birth to a daughter. He is told to exchange the kids. Krishna is saved and Kans meets his harrowing end.
Of all the characters it is Kans who stands out, not only because of his sight but because his expressions match his madness. Om Puri's voice also adds credence to his part. Animation wise, there's not much to compare or write about. The makers have played safe keeping away from flamboyance in their visualization. 3D is all about creativity and maximizing the effect for the viewer. Both are missing here.
However, the movie does have some cute moments with Krishna and the gopis and hismakhan-robbing escapades. Overall, it has more of demons and dark nights.
For those venturing to make movies especially for children, my request would be to keep it clear of violence and gory ends to characters, both of which you will find aplenty in KRISHNA AUR KANS, which in effect is its downfall. The length too is a sore point.
Just recently, we had ARJUN THE WARRIOR PRINCE. That film was art in motion. There was negativity, but watered down. There was also a final showdown, which was a technological delight.
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