#58 #Scriptors100BestFilms #KoiMilGaya

In 2003 Rakesh Roshan has given Bollywood one of its most off-beat and unconventional movies. Koi…Mil Gaya became the biggest box office success and grabbed all the awards in pretty much every category after its release. Koi…Mil Gaya was not the first Sci-fi movie of Bollywood but it was the first time that a Sci-Fi Hindi film became very successful and acclaimed. It tells a story of friendship between Rohit (Hritik Roshan) and an Alien who by mistake left on the earth while visiting our planet with other Aliens. Many aspects of this movie don’t fall into regular Bollywood prototypes which makes this film different from other successful films of Bollywood.

The male protagonist of this movie, Rohit, is not a usual Bollywood hero who has six packs, flirt with girls, and can fight a bunch of goons single handedly. The story starts with Scientist Sanjay Mehra (Rakesh Roshan) who creates a computer that can communicate to extra-terrestrial life forms. After an accident he died but his wife (Rekha), who was pregnant with Rohit, survived. Rohit born disabled, he grew up physically but mentally remains a child. One day while playing with his father’s invented computer with his friend Nisha (Preity Zinta), he accidentally sends signals to outer space which summon an alien space craft. The visiting spaceship leave in haste and one alien left behind. Later Rohit discovered him and named him Jaadoo (magic) because of its supernatural powers and they became friends. Rohit hide Jaadoo from everyone except his few friends. Later, Jaadoo gave Rohit powers which not only make him a mentally grown man but also gave him some superhuman abilities. Rest of the story tells how Rohit saves Jaadoo from the world. Does Jaadoo finally manage to go back to its planet and with that take all its powers back from Rohit?

The interesting aspect of this script was though it was a Bollywood masala movie (blend of genres), but it doesn’t mix up all the elements simultaneously. The movie starts as Sci-fi, with scientist Sanjay Mehra. Then it’s a family comedy where six feet Rohit is scampering around with bunch of kids who are his best friends, until we see Jaadoo. After gaining powers from Jaadoo we watch Rohit romancing with Nisha, fighting with bad guys and some drama with his family. Above all, the show stealer in this movie was not three and half feet tall, weird shaped head with huge saucer eyes, blue colored alien but our own favorite Hritik Roshan. He has given one of its best performances as mentally disabled Rohit, and then as masculine and very handsome Rohit. Audience connects to the mentally challenged Rohit with his adorable and delightful charm. He gives you smile, laugh and then you feel heart break when he got bullied by bad guys. Later you enjoy the handsome hunk Rohit singing and dancing with his love, and retaliating to bullies. And everyone loves him for his uniqueness, and not for his power. Even the girl accepts that the courage do not lies in muscles but in intentions. That’s the beauty of writing of Koi Mil Gaya.

The best of Hritik’s character was delivered by the wonderful screenplay by Rakesh Roshan, Honey Irani, Sachin Bhowmick and Robin Bhatt. The cherry on the top was the amazing special effects used in the movie. The director tried to keep the special effects doesn’t look like special effects. The VFX blends very well with the genuine locations. This kind of technique was ahead of its time when the movie came out. No Bollywood movie is complete without its songs. Rakesh Roshan’s brother Rajesh Roshan has given many successful and melodic music albums for his brother’s movies, and Koi…Mil Gaya was no exceptions.

Koi…Mil Gaya was nominated in 30 categories for various awards and won 25 of those including National Film award for Best Special effects. Koi…Mil Gaya was a powerful mixture of all the elements for an off-beat yet successful movie. A one line review for this movie would be- Paisaa Vasool!

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