Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Priety Zinta, Rakesh Roshan,
Prem Chopra, Rekha, Rajat Bedi, Johny Liver, Mukesh
Rushi, Anuj Pandit, Mohit Makkad, Jai Choksi, Omkar
Purohit, Hansika Motwani and Pranitha Bishnoi
Visual Effect Directors: Marc Kolbe, Craig Mumma
Spaceship design, alien design & creation:
James Colmer & Lara Denman
Art Director: Sharmishta Roy
Sound Recordists: Jeetendra Chaudhary
Choreography: Raju Khan, Farah Khan and Ganesh
Action Director: Tinu Verma
Editor: Sanjay Verma (AFE)
Dialogues: Javed Siddiqui
Screenplay: Sachin Bhowmick, Honey Irani, Robin
Bhatt & Rakesh Roshan
Directors of photography: Sameer Arya & Ravi
Lyrics: Ibrahim Ashq, Sayeed Nasir Faaraz &
Music: Rajesh Roshan
Story, produced and directed: Rakesh Roshan
Mehra (Rakesh Roshan) is an obsessed space scientist
in Canada. He firmly believes that the sound waves we
produce by talking dont get subdued, but they
travel planets afar and that they could be received
by people in other planets. To prove his point he invents
a machine that communicates with extra terrestrial life.
When he finds that aliens do exist, none of his colleagues
believe him. One day, while traveling with his pregnant
wife (Rekha) on desert roads, he happens to see a UFO
(Unidentified Flying Object) with whose crew he made
a contact. Amazed by the appearance of UFO, he loses
grip on his driving and hits a pole. In that accident
Dr. Mehra dies and Mrs. Mehra gets injured.
Mehra delivers a baby boy who is named Rohit (Hrithik
Roshan) and she realizes that Rohit has no mental growth.
Upon consulting a doctor, he explains that Rohits
brain was damaged in that accident. Rohit still studies
7th standard though he is 20+ and has a very jovial
gang of kids with whom he moves around. Then he meets
a beautiful girl Nisha (Preity Zinta) and plays his
innocent pranks on her. But later they become very good
friends and Nisha supports Rohit.
helps him in his studies and learning computers. Thats
when they take Dr. Mehras special computer and
experiment on it. Alas! A UFO lands up in a jungle near
that village. An alien is left back while all others
go back to the space. Rohit befriends that friendly
alien and names it as jadoo. Jadoo has some special
power and it transforms Rohit into a normal man over
night. The local police find out that the UFO has left
behind an alien and they start combing operations. The
rest of the film is all about how the zero Rohit becomes
The director Rakesh Roshan came up with a perfect casting
for this film.
Roshan: Hrithik Roshans portrayal of mentally
challenged man is excellent. He changed his body language
and altered his costumes to suit the walking style and
mannerisms of a mentally challenged man. However, the
real hunk in him comes out when he becomes a superman
over night. Its a bold step for a hero of Hrithiks
caliber to act in such a film. But he emerged victorious
throughout this film.
Zinta: Preity Zinta played the role of a supporting
friend to the hero. She maintained a balance in her
portrayal in order to convince the audience that she
is not in love with hero, but supports him as a good
friend and noble human being. However, she seems to
have lost her natural charm and screen magic in this
She is really good in the role of a protective mother.
She had loins share of footage in the first half
and she did an amazing performance. Rekha looked very
much at ease while playing this role.
Rajat Bedi played the role of an incorrigible villain
who does not hesitate to harass a mentally challenged
boy throughout his life. Johnny lever played a Sindhi
constable and he cracked few jokes about Sindhis. The
Super six kids (Anuj Pandit, Mohit Makkad, Jai Choksi,
Omkar Purohit, Hansika Motwani and Pranitha Bishnoi)
did a fabulous work. The jokes cracked by kid sardarji
are hilarious. Director Rakesh Roshan did the guest
role as the papa of Hrithik Roshan. Mukesh Rishi excelled
well as the honest cop.
The basic storyline is inspired by Steven Spielbergs
film E.T. He used the UFO design from Independence Day.
Taking an alien storyline that deals with aliens and
modifying it to suit the tastes and customs of Indians
is a pretty difficult job. Rakesh Roshan should be commended
for the same.
The screenplay is by four people Sachin Bhowmick,
Honey Irani, Robin Bhatt and Rakesh Roshan. The screenplay
of the film in the first half is excellent. Each and
every character is established in a very systematic
way. But the screenplay goes into routine mode after
the hero is transformed into super human being by the
alien. The climax of the film seems to be arrived at
Rakesh Roshan definitely knows what he does. He did
pretty well in directing the emotionally charged scenes
that involve Hrithik and Rekha. He also made sure that
commercial elements are inserted into the narration
without disturbing the basic objective of the film.
He explained the galaxy system in the beginning of the
film itself and gave a demo on how one could contact
aliens. He incorporated the following threads in the
film that surely would help the film become a commercial
1: The heros brain is damaged due to a UFO
when he was in his mothers womb. Later on the
same UFO lands in heros hometown and accidentally
an alien stays back. It helps the hero to become normal
and mentally fit.
2: When the mentally challenged hero tries to
attend computer class along with his classmates, the
teacher insults him by saying that hero is not fit
for computer. Then hero replies back saying that his
father is a scientist. Then adamant teacher replies
him saying that go to your dad and learn computers
from him. The same hero with the help of alien
transforms himself into a whiz kid. And then
he replies the same teacher that one should not discourage
students like that. When the teacher asks him where
he learnt the computers, the hero replies that he
learnt it from his father.
3: The most popular thread for cinema of any language
is the hero trying to take revenge. He teaches a lesson
and amazes everybody after becoming normal who ridiculed
him when he was abnormal.
Dialogues: Dialogues by Javed Siddiqui are excellent.
The best dialogue in the film is the one uttered by
Rekha to Preity and Rajat which goes like if normal
people behave the way you do, I prefer my son to be
abnormal forever. Today, I am feeling proud that my
son is abnormal.
Music by Rajesh Roshan is melodious and foot tapping.
The best of the songs on the screen are Idhar
Chala and Its magic. Choreography
by Raju Khan, Farah Khan and Ganesh Hegde is praiseworthy.
Other departments: The cinematography by Ravi
K Chandra and Sameer Arya is impressive. Visual effects
are good, especially the ones where Hrithik does gravity
The design of the alien Jadoo is very primitive. That
alien does not look lively. The audience can easily
make out that Jadoo (alien) is neither an animation
nor a visual effect. It appears like a mask put on
One fails to understand the directors persistence
on showing Rajs (Rajat Bedi) attitude of harassing
Rohit even after its revealed that he is a mentally
challenged boy. Hindi cinema always falls prey to
this kind of stereo typed villain characterization,
who sounds more like insane than inhumane.
Another unconvincing point in the storyline is the
logic of honest cop (Mukesh Rishi) that one alien
is left behind by the UFO. Is it possible to count
the footprints in the jungle and compare them when
around 20 aliens landed on the ground?
The ending of the film would have been more popular
if a scene was shown where the greatness of Dr. Mehra
about his invention of a machine that communicated
with aliens is recognized by the public (or atleast
the scientists who ridiculed Dr. Mehra).
Analysis: The first
half of the film is pretty good. The second half is
also OK, but gets routine as it approaches climax. Rakesh
Roshan made sure that all the kids in this film treated
Rohit well though they know that he is a mentally challenged
person. Even though he dealt with sci-fi film, Rakesh
Roshan made sure that he concentrated more on script
and developing emotions among the characters than juggling
with visual effects. This film would remain as the favorite
pick for the kids in the annals of Hindi cinema after