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Koi Mil Gaya

The next big hurdle...

The next major venture for Bollywood comes in the form of Koi Mil Gaya, 'the first ever Bollywood sci-fi film', as it has been tagged, and with decent special effects. Lets take a look at it...

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 computer works.

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 the authorities.

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!

 

 

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KMG Fact Box

Koi Mil Gaya entered the UK box office charts at the number 9 position last week - a bit of a disappointment for me personally, but it's fine! It is not at the number 12 position, but very strong in India.

Rakesh Roshan is a renowned director who has made many lovable films. His most successful was Kaho Naa Pyar Hai, released in 2000, which starred none other than his son, Hritikh Roshan - and was his massive launch pad into the Indian film industry.

 

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Bolly Web Links

Visit the Official KMG website

Read the KMG BBC Asian Life Review

BBC Asian Network KMG Special - Listen to his interview!

James Colmer on the Philosophy of Jadoo!

 

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Public Opinion

I talked to some of the people who attended one of the first screenings in Leeds. Here's what they had to say:

Subir and Kavita

Hritikh certainly proved his acting in this film!
Subir & Kavita

Sara and Wahida

Hritikh's performance was wonderful; but the alien could have been a little more realistic. The special effects (spaceship) was good..
Sara & Wahida

 

Have Your Say!

Have you seen this film? Would you like to comment on it, or send in a review? Please e-mail it to me at tajpal.rathore@bbc.co.uk


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