With a colossal blockbuster behind him, Rakesh Roshan
ventures into the unknown, both in terms of subject and the
Indian film industry itself.
Kaho Naa Pyar Hai proved to be a massive commercial
success in India and overseas in 2000, in which his son, Hritikh
Roshan, starred. After that, Hritikh had a string of flops
or mediocre films. Again, Hritikh relies on his dad once more
to provide him with the hit he needs to survive in the industry
and re-establish the tag that was once given to him as the
'guy with the moves that will storm Bollywood'.
The film is inspired by the likes of E.T and Close
Encounters, and is certainly a milestone in the reformation
of commercial Indian cinema as a whole.
Sanjay Mehra (Rakesh Roshan) is a scientist who adamantly
believes in the existence of other life-forms. After so many
years of research, Sanjay's work finally pays-off as he receives
sounds signals from the unique computer he has built. Ecstatic
with joy, Sanjay puts his ideas and theories to the scientific
world; but they dismiss these as ludicrous. On the way back
home, Sanjay tragically has an accident and dies, leaving
his wife (Rekha) and an unborn baby to suffer alone.
Years later, the then unborn baby, Rohit, has been born and
is already reaching adulthood. But he has a difference - he
is brain damaged as the result of an accident involving his
father. As the family try to cope with Rohit's unfortunate
lifestyle and behaviour, the film begins to focus on Rohit
trying to deal with himself on a day-to-day basis. He remains
in the sixth standard while his peers progress into adulthood
and beyond. He keeps the company of children, and is seen
to be the centre of ridicule wherever he goes.
However, as the saying goes, there is always a light at the
end of the tunnel and this film is no exception. He meets
a girl of his age called Nisha (Priety Zinta) who is
sympathetic towards him and wants to help him by repaying
her rudeness and misunderstanding towards him previously.
This friendship slowly turns into love, and a strong bond
is formed between Rohit and Nisha.
Boosted by a joy not experienced by Rohit before, he takes
a deep breath and seems to accept his circumstances, as long
as he has a friend close-by. He is brought 'back to earth'
when he realises that he is not like other boys and that he
won't be able to pursue the relationship with Nisha any further.
Meanwhile, the old computer that Rohit's dad had made receives
sound signals after Nisha persuade Rohit to show her how the
Unusual things arise as the town is overcome with darkness
and the entire town's electricity is cut-off. The police around
the town are alerted and they discover footprints that they
don't recognise, and are adamant that extra-terrestrials have
landed. They also discover that one of the footprints don't
lead back to where they believe the spaceship landed, and
assume that there is something still on earth that resembles
unlike any animal or human they have seen!
After discovering the alien, Rohit befriends him and introduces
him to his friends and Nisha. The second half of the film
concentrates on the friendship between the friends and the
alien, now called Jadoo (magic). A series of interesting and
funny events follow with the alien which provides the needed
relief. After changing Rohit's life, literally, the film shows
how friendship is truly universal when there is a race against
time as Nisha, Rohit and his friends try to save Jadoo from
Hritikh's sterling performance will certainly last him in
the industry for many years to come, and is certainly his
most prized film to date. Priety's acting is mediocre with
not much impact, though she excels in creating the atmosphere
needed for the many emotional scenes in the film. Rekha is
wonderful as the mother to Rohit, and Rakesh's brief spell
in acting in his own film for over 20 years is good.
The alien was a novelty and the highlight of the film, but
some bits of his design and costume were tacky. The spaceship
was effective, created by James Colmer, who has done special
effects for the likes of Godzilla and Independence Day.
If you are after a film that will make you cry, laugh, dance
and sing, then Koi Mil Gaya is certainly one film that will
provide all of that! One word, brilliant!