Technically the film lacks the sheen of a Hollywood
counterpart. Neither the alien nor the spaceship is up to the
mark. The cinematography is superb and shows off some beautiful
locales. Music by Rajesh Roshan gels well with the story line
but some of them were not needed. The romance angle between Hritik
and Priety should have been developed well to advantage. The screen
play and the dialogues are well written in parts and the director
has handled the dramatic aspects well. Some of the sequences are
well taken. The climax leaves much to be desired. Moreover the
part after the alien leaves is unnecessarily lengthy.
Jadoo, the alien is blue in colour, short and has big eyes in a strange
shaped head. It communicates in a harsh metallic voice, has a blank expression
and have powers that could be transferred to a human. If you don't compare
it with the alien in ET which had warm, friendly expressive eyes our Indianised
version may be passable.
Performance wise Hritik Roshan as Rohit steals the show. He has done
a good job in an extremely challenging role. His innocent, childish
and honest portrayal of Rohit is sure to win him a fan following of
kids. Preity looks cute and does well whatever is expected of her, which
is nothing much. Her character does not utilise her talent. Rekha as
Rohit's weepy mother is plausible. The rest of the cast, Prem Chopra
as the Collector, Mukesh Rishi as the cop, Johnny lever as the constable,
Rajat Bedi as the bully next door who has a soft corner for Priety and
Rakesh Roshan as Sanjay Mehra are alright. The 6 kids, who acts as Hritik's
friends are natural.
Overall the much hyped film may have a mixed reaction of sorts. It
may click well with the kids and it a must see for all Hritik fans.