Like most of the Bollywood films which rely heavily on Hollywood for their inspiration, Koi… Mil Gaya (2003) displays its borrowings not brazenly but certainly unrepentantly. The main storyline is a combination of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) with Charly (1968), but along the way there are fairly deliberate echoes of Sam Raimi’s first two Spider-Man films and even a little bit of The Absent-Minded Professor (1961). What’s notable is not the degree of borrowing, but how well it all seems to hold together.



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