The 2003 film is one of the most iconic films made in Bol­ly­wood. As the sci-fi com­pletes 14 years to­day, here are seven lesser­known facts about the film

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Text: Rishabh Suri

Ac­tor Rishi Kapoor was ini­tially ap­proached to play the role of Hrithik’s fa­ther by di­rec­tor Rakesh Roshan. Rishi, who had men­tioned the whole episode in his re­cently-re­leased au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, wrote that the two had a fall­out af­ter Rishi saw the role as a ‘bad ca­reer move’ and re­fused to do it. Fi­nally, Rakesh him­self starred in the film. The pop­u­lar char­ac­ter of the film, Jaadu, was played by In­dravadan Puro­hit. Dressed in the cos­tume, with an an­i­ma­tronic head­gear, he couldn’t see any­thing and had to rely on in­struc­tions to move around. Puro­hit died in 2014. At the end of the film, Jaadu (the ex­trater­res­trial be­ing) leaves earth and gives Ro­hit his spe­cial pow­ers. But the mak­ers ear­lier had shot a dif­fer­ent end­ing. In the al­ter­na­tive end­ing, the alien would take away the pow­ers with him. Ac­tor Hrithik Roshan, like his char­ac­ter in the film, had faced bul­ly­ing, as a child, in real life. The 43-year-old had a ma­jor stam­mer­ing prob­lem and has con­fessed that his child­hood days were “like hell”. The scene in which some bul­lies break Ro­hit’s bi­cy­cle is in­spired from a real-life in­ci­dent in Hrithik’s life. The film is be­lieved to be ‘in­spired’ from the 1982 Hol­ly­wood flick E.T. the Ex­tra Ter­res­trial. In that film, a lonely boy be­friends an ex­trater­res­trial be­ing, nick­named ET, who is stranded on earth and the boy and his friends help him go back to his home. Hrithik’s char­ac­ter un­der­goes a phys­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion in the film, and it was not pos­si­ble for him to gain and lose weight so quickly. The prob­lem was solved with baggy clothes that hid his real pro­por­tions. A spe­cial hair­style fur­ther made his face look thin­ner.

The char­ac­ter of Jaadu be­came so wildly pop­u­lar, that a spin-off TV se­ries was aired in In­dia with him in the lead. It was called J Bole Toh Jaadoo.

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