05/08/2003. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Bollywood produces its first science fiction blockbuster. Spielberg watch out, India's Hollywood just made you redundant!
The first big sci-fi move from India's Hollywood, aka 'Bollywood', is now just 4 days from launch; replete with aliens and starships courtesy of Marc Kolbe and Craig Mumma - they who also produced some of the key SFX for movies such as Independence Day, Godzilla and the first Spy Kids.
Bollywood may be better known for its mad dancing and a handy knack for making any kind of movie - horror, action thriller, historical - into a garish musical, but the new SF hit 'Found Someone' (or 'Koi Mil Gaya' in Indian), has echoes of ET meets Rain Man and features one of India's hottest stars in the lead.
Hrithik Roshan, the George Clooney of the Indian sub-continent, is the film's hero. He plays an adult with the mind of a 12 year old who accidently continues his dead scientist dad's SETI career after messing around on his father's PC. ET comes calling and then the fun really starts.
Keeping it in the family, the movie - two years in filming - is produced by Hrithik Roshan's real dad, the famous legend-in-his-own-lunchtime-in Bangalore filmmaker Rakesh Roshan.
Luckily for pops, Rakesh's son hasn't minded pulling a Tom Hanks and leaving his torn-shirt oiled torso romantic hero image on the cutting room floor for India's first big budget science fiction movie.
He found his inner child for the movie and commented: "It's been the most challenging role of my career so far."
Music from 'Found Someone' is already high in India's pop charts, so the SF movie looks well placed to coin it in.
Whether it'll join 2001 in the pantheon of on-screen classics ... well, that remains to be seen.
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