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Film Review: Krrish

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One of the biggest box office hits of 2006 that you've probably never seen or even heard of is Krrish, an action-adventure/romance/sci-fi extravaganza courtesy of India, home of the world's most prolific film industry. Released in late June, Krrish was produced on a $10 million budget (lavish by Bollywood standards) and has grossed anywhere from $30 to $60 million dollars, depending on which figures you believe.

The movie is actually sequel to the 2003 hit Koi... Mil Gaya (I've Found Someone), which was directed by Rakesh Roshan and stars his son, Hrithik Roshan, as Rohit Mehra, a developmentally disabled young man who is visited by E.T.-looking aliens that imbue him with superhero-esque physical and intellectual powers. The father and son Roshan duo have reunited to make Krrish, which is set 20 years after the events of Koi... Mil Gaya.

When we catch up with the Mehra family, Rohit and his wife are long dead and their 20-year-old son, Krishna (played by Hrithik Roshan, who looks like a more muscular version of Balki Bartokomous) is a humble boy living with his overprotective grandmother in a rural village. He spends his days scaling mountainsides at lightning speed, plucking fish from rivers with his bare hands and racing stallions through the pastoral countryside. Krishna knows nothing of the outside world or his father's legacy.