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Sonja Fritzsche

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380383

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380383.001.0001

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Indian Science Fiction Cinema: An Overview

Indian Science Fiction Cinema: An Overview

Chapter:
(p.56) 3. Indian Science Fiction Cinema: An Overview
Source:
The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film
Author(s):

Jessica Langer

Dominic Alessio

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380383.003.0004

Big budget Indian productions such as Koi… mil Gaya (I…Found Someone, dir. Rakesh Roshan 2003), its sequel Krissh (dir. Rakesh Roshan 2006), Love Story 2050 (dir. Harry Baweja 2008) and Krissh 3 (dir. Rakesh Roshan, 2013), all demonstrate that science fiction has become a major box-office draw in India and its diaspora. This chapter traces the literary origins and history of Indian science fiction film. Whilst doing so it also examines the influences, both international and local, which have gone into these productions. The chapter suggests that whilst borrowing heavily from Hollywood and the western science fiction tradition, Indian science fiction cinema is not entirely imitative. As a genre we suggest that it displays a cinematic tradition quite distinct, such as the inclusion of musical numbers, alongside certain significant Indian thematic elements, such as strong religious and Hindu nationalist references. Thus Indian science fiction cinema provides the possibility for not only generating significant revenue for the industry as a whole, but also remonstrating against ‘the homogenising impulses of Hollywood’ (Vasudevan 2000) whilst at the same time imitating its forms and styles.

Keywords:   Indian cinema, Koi… mil Gaya, Krissh, Bollywood, religion, music, science fiction film

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