Let's face it. "From the team that brought you Koi...Mil Gaya" is hardly a recommendation, more like a HazMat warning. There was no way I was gonna give up a cherished Netflix queue spot to this 2006 sequel to KMG, let alone buy it. So I decided not to watch it (oh, gee, how awful, can you feel my regret?) until one day I saw the whole thing uploaded to YouTube, with subtitles! I had nothing better to do so I sat down to watch it.
And... I kinda liked it. My usual tagline for Adventures in YouTube is, "I watched it so you don't have to!" but this was halfway decent, at least better than MPKDH, so I won't do spoilers this time.
Krishna (Hrithik Roshan) lives in the mountains with his grandma (Rekha). His parents (Preity and AlsoHrithik) are dead, as is obvious from their garlanded photos on the wall of their rustic cabin in the mountains of...somewhere, India. Krishna is obviously pretty darn special. We get a glimpse of him as a boy, carrying lumber that would take two ordinary full-grown men to transport. We see him as an adult, leaping tall hills in a single bound, and riding a white stallion! Bareback! Like a Mills & Boone romance cover come to filmi life! Oh, Krishna, you are soooo dreamy. Better than Fabio ANY day.
One of Krishna's friends wants to start an Adventure Tours business. He brings out a group that includes two NRI's from Singapore, Priya (Priyanka Chopra) and her friend and co-worker, Honey (Manini M. Mishra). They're television journalists but on this tour they're doing stuff like parachuting and rapelling. When Priya gets in trouble doing the former, Krishna saves her life. In order to prevent her asking awkward questions about his superpowers, he gets his friend Bahadur to spread the story that he's a ghost who died of tragic love. Um, yeah, that'll keep those nosy journalists from investigating! Good one, Krishna!
Krishna's way interested in Priya, since she's the first (hot) girl he's seen outside of his village's population. He gets Bahadur to set up a meeting on the grounds that her presence will help his spirit find rest. Honey proves her character:
Eventually, the whole tour finds out Krishna has superpowers. They are sworn to secrecy and Priya and Krishna hang out. He falls hard for her, no surprise there considering his sheltered upbringing. Her feelings remain pretty ambiguous.
Eventually, the tour leaves, with Hrithik crying his goodbyes. We get a zoom-in on his tears that turns into Singapore.
When Honey and Priya get back to their place of work, their boss wants to fire them for taking off more time than they applied for. Honey thinks fast and promises her boss the story of a lifetime.
She calls Krishna and tells him she wants him to meet her mom. At this point I really started to dislike her. Krishna applies to his grandma for permission to go, but she refuses. He argues, accusing her of wanting to trap him for all his life, lonely and staring at her face. She tells him the sad tale of his parents' demise. His dad was called to Singapore to work for this guy:
Yesssss! It's Naseeruddin Shah! And he wants AlsoHrithik to build a computer to see into the future! AlsoHrithik, with his alien-gifted superpowers, finishes the task just in time for his maa to call him and let him know his baby is about to be born. But AlsoHrithik is stressed out:
Later, Grandma found out he was dead. Krishna's mom died from the shock (wow, guess "shock" is Bollywood for "pre-existing heart condition" or something). Rekha moved them both to keep them safe from exploiters.
Well, Krishna ends up going to Singapore anyway, because true love makes you selfish, very selfish. Or at least that's what I've learned from romance novels. Priya and Honey come to pick him up, but run into some problems when Honey parks too close to two other cars to get out. I guess her "reverse" gear is broken also. They can't get out of the car!
Will Priya be forced to turn to cannabalism to survive? Will Krishna fly from the airport, discovering a new superpower on the way? Will Grandma be able to live off of hunting and gathering without SuperGrandson around to take care of her? What about the evil scientist? You'll have to watch the movie to find out, cuz I'm not wasting any more time making screencaps of the YouTube upload.
The movie itself, as I said, is decent. The cinematography is great, and Hrithik looks good with longish hair and in some sort of raggedy rustic outfit. Bahut fine! And he does a good job acting in his sort-of dual roles. I hated Priya. Thought she was an opportunistic jerk who took way too long to start caring about Krishna instead of her own ass. I kept on muttering "Stupid 'ho" as I'd click on the next segment. The special effects are pretty good, I'd say on the level of TV's "Heroes." I liked seeing Singapore, how fun! I can't remember much about the music, which I guess tells its own tale.
It's not worth buying, in my opinion, but it's worth a watch. Here's my favorite song from the film, "Koi Tumsa Nahin" with my favorite playback singer Sonu Nigam! Yay! (Warning: it opens with a bit of a spoiler but doesn't give away the end of the movie or anything.)