Koi... Mil Gaya

  • 2003
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical, Science Fiction

A loopy, musical science-fiction hodge-podge of story ideas borrowed from American films, notably E.T. (1982) and CHARLY (1968), this lavish Indian feature (whose title translates as "found someone") revolves around a mentally challenged young man and a little lost alien. Rohit Mehra (Hrithik Roshan) was brain-damaged in utero during the car crash that killed...read more

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A loopy, musical science-fiction hodge-podge of story ideas borrowed from American films, notably E.T. (1982) and CHARLY (1968), this lavish Indian feature (whose title translates as "found someone") revolves around a mentally challenged young man and a little lost alien. Rohit Mehra (Hrithik Roshan) was brain-damaged in utero during the car crash that killed his father (Rakesh Roshan, the film's director), a scientist obsessed with contacting alien life forms. Under the watchful eye of his fiercely protective mother, Sonia (Rekha), Rohit has grown into a handsome young man with the mind of an impish child. His peers are embarking on their adult lives, but Rohit is still in grammar school. Rohit develops his first crush when he lays eyes on the vivacious Nisha (Priety Zinta), who's recently moved to town. On the advice of her father, who believes in being kind to the less fortunate, Nisha befriends Rohit and is charmed by his innate goodness. This enrages local bully and self-styled ladies man Raj (Rajat Bedi), who misses no opportunity to torment and humiliate Rohit. Determined to live up to the memory of his father, Rohit persuades his mother to dust off his father's old computers, and with Nisha's help inadvertently summons some aliens. They land briefly in the nearby hills but retreat into space when a herd of elephants spooks them; one little blue extraterrestrial gets left behind. As police and local officials search furiously for the alien, which they plan to turn over to government scientists, Rohit and Nishi find the lost creature and dub him "Jadu" — the Hindi word for magic — because of the astonishing powers he wields. Rohit's friends, a lively band of neighborhood children, soon discover Jadu and join the conspiracy to keep him safe from harm. In return, the wide-eyed, fish-lipped Jadu gives Rohit normal intelligence and confers phenomenal basketball-playing skills on the delighted youngsters. Like most mainstream Indian films, this epic entertainment aims to provide something for everyone: Low comedy, high pathos, cute kids, chaste romance, scowling bad guys, family drama and, of course, elaborate song and dance routines. Whether deliberate or accidental, the look of stunned perplexity on little Jadu's face when he finds himself in the middle of a hillside musical number is itself worth the price of admission. (In Hindi with subtitles)

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  • Released: 2003
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: A loopy, musical science-fiction hodge-podge of story ideas borrowed from American films, notably E.T. (1982) and CHARLY (1968), this lavish Indian feature (whose title translates as "found someone") revolves around a mentally challenged young man and a li… (more)

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