From: Chris Rutkowski <rutkows.nul> Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 14:33:03 -0600 Fwd Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 17:39:44 -0500 Subject: A Movie Musical About Ufos And Aliens! 17 March 2004 Yesterday, I was walking outside a small strip mall when I passed a video store. Having a few minutes to kill, I went in and browsed the racks. I soon realized that about half of the titles in the store were East Indian movies, nearly all in Hindi or Punjabi. This was a Bollywood goldmine, to be sure. I casually surveyed the titles and then saw, exactly at eye level, on the "New Titles" display, the DVD box titled "Koi...Mil Gaya." This was one movie I had to have! You see, Koi...Mil Gaya (which means, apparently, something like "Now that I've found you") is a Bollywood movie starring some of India's best and hottest actors - and it's all about UFOs and aliens. ("All singing! All dancing! All levitating!") I had heard about it several months ago and discussed it in some forums, but never thought I'd ever see a copy. I took out a membership in the little store and paid my two dollars for the rental. I watched the movie later in the evening when most of my family wasn't around so they weren't forced to watch it too. I turned on the English subtitles, although I realized soon into the movie that there was enough English injected in the dialogue that it probably wasn't necessary. It's hard to describe Koi...Mil Gaya. Imagine The Sound of Music meets E.T., with the lead played by Jim Carrey or Jerry Lewis. Yes, it's a musical, and this makes it the only UFO movie musical I can think of. (Unless you count The Rocky Horror Picture Show.) It's also a romantic comedy, an X-Files episode, and a Nickelodeon-ish kids flick that delivers a message about acceptance and an appreciation of life. The scenery and cinematography are fanstastic, and the dance sequences are choreographed well, even including special effects and actors on a lot of wires, with tributes to Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire musicals. But good grief, is it ever silly! The story brings together bits of many other movies, borrowing heavily from practically ever genre. Follow this plot: a scientist (in Canada, of all places!) makes contact with aliens using 1980s computer technology and CE3K- like tones. His scientist colleagues, of course, don't beleive him. Later, while driving along an isolated highway with his pregnant wife, a UFO buzzes them and he crashes. He's killed and his wife is injured, causing brain damage to her unborn child. She moves to India and raises her son, Rohi, to manhood, although he has the mind of a child. He hangs around with the young kids in his grade 6 class and accidentally meets Nisha, a gorgeous woman who just wants to party. The local jock/bully intervenes and our boy loses his girl. But when they get together again, he inadvertently contacts the aliens again with a Commodore 64 and they arrive, much to the Keystone-Kop-like antics and consternation of the local police and army officials. One alien is left behind, a cute little ET named Jaadoo, who resembles a blue Tele-Tubbie. He can cure injuries and levitate people and stuff like that, like My Favorite Martian. There's even an astoundingly silly basketball game in which the kids are pitted againt the bullies, and the alien helps them out with magical powers. Oh, and did I mention the musical dance number with Jaadoo and the kids frolicking in the fields? Nisha falls madly in love with Rohi, despite his mental disability. However, Jaadoo "cures" Rohi's slowness and he is instantly transformed into a genius, a super- athlete and a disco dance king. There's a bicycle- and-alien-in- a-bag flying sequence that must surely violate some kind of copyright. Rohi escapes a hail of bullets and police as he rescues Jaadoo with his newfound superhuman speed and agility. He saves Jaadoo from the bad guys and helps him get back to his spaceship, but Jaadoo takes away his powers when he leaves for space. (or does he?) Rohi is arrested because he stole the alien from under the army's noses (in one scene, almost literally). But in the end he is exonerated and the boy and girl live happily ever after. Its website is: www.koimilgayathefilm.com Hoo-boy! Let's see Spielberg top that one!
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