Ranjit Mehra and his wife Sonia live a middle-class life in rural India. Ranjit's passion is studying the heavenly bodies through various computers, telescopes, and communicators as he believes there is life beyond Earth. He continuously transmits the sound generated by the syllable "om" and hopes that someone somewhere will hear this and respond to it.
A broad, sentimental science-fiction Bollywood musical, "Koi ... Mil Gaya" isn't a blend of genres; it is one piled up on another. Borrowing from "Star Wars," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "E.T.," "Charly," "The Sound of Music" and "Singin' in the Rain," it tells the story of a brain-damaged young man (Hrithik Roshan, the director's son) who picks up the work of his dead father, a scientist who had tried to communicate with alien life; falls in love with the prettiest young woman in town; and generally spreads sunshine to everyone except his devoted mother (Rekha), who blames herself for her son's limitations. — Anita Gates
2003-08-08 | Anita Gates | Read the New York Times Review of Koi Mil Gaya