9 Must Watch Sci-fi Movies Of Indian Cinema

You will be surprised to know the huge budget of some science fiction movies. The budgets of 2011 movie Ra.One and 2010 movie Robot were Rs 1.50 billion and Rs 1.32 billion respectively.

By Saurav Ray

Jun 1, 2018  Updated On : Jun 25, 2018

The science fiction genre is largely untapped in the Indian film industry with just a handful of movies released over the past five decades. It`s not an easy work though, considering the money, time, and efforts spent in making such movies.

It’s a hit or miss game! If everything – the plot, special effects, action, direction – is perfect, the movie is a visual treat … or else it’s a disappointment.

However, there are a few science fiction movies that did a great job in convincing viewers with its great special effects and storyline. Here`s a list of nine such movies:

PK (2014)

Director – Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Cast – Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla, Sanjay Dutt, Sushant Singh Rajput

Unless you live far away from civilization, you couldn’t possibly have missed the movie. But did you know PK was the highest-grossing Indian movie of all time, the first Indian movie to gross over Rs 7 billion and $100 million all over the world? The plot of the movie starts with a spaceship landing in the middle of a desert and an alien is stranded and his remote control for the spaceship is stolen. He embarks on an extensive search for his device and comes across the peculiarities, oddities, religious dogmas and superstitions of humans. The movie bagged numerous awards including two Filmfare Awards, five Star Guild Awards,  Telstra People`s Choice Award.

Robot/Enthiran (2010)

Director – S. Shankar

Cast – Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Rai, Danny Denzongpa, Santhanam, Karunas

If you’ve researched about Sophia, the first social humanoid robot, and seen her interviews, you must have been impressed by the sophistication, efficiency and the vast array of information she has. But what if along with the knowledge, she has that one thing – emotions – that makes us humans? Shankar explored that aspect in the massive budget movie, in which a scientist invents a robot that can do all things we can ever imagine except feeling emotions. He succeeds in enabling the android to feel but it turns out to be a curse later when the robot brings its ego and emotions to the equation.

Ra.One (2011)

Director – Anubhav Sinha

Cast – Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor, Armaan Verma, Shahana Goswami, Tom Wu

This superhero movie is superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s production venture.

The plot is pretty much similar to the above-mentioned movie. Here, a game designer creates a video game, based on the motion sensor, for his son. Things take an ugly turn when the antagonist of the game – Ra. One – enters the real world after escaping from the virtual world and kills the developer and goes after his family. In a bid to protect themselves and defeat Ra. One, the family bring out the protagonist of the game – G.One – to the real world.

Koi Mil … Gaya (2003)

Director – Rakesh Roshan

Cast – Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Rekha, Rakesh Roshan,

If you’re a 90s kid, then this one must be one of your most favorite movies in your childhood. The plot of the movie revolves around the life and struggles of an intellectually-challenged boy, whose age is 21 years but has the acumen of a 13-year-old. Life, however, changes for him when a spaceship lands in his town and an alien is left behind. He befriends the alien, shelters it in his house and receives special powers from it. The film has mopped up all major awards in several award functions of 2003 including the National Film Awards, IIFA Awards, Filmfare Awards, Zee Cine Awards, Star Screen Awards.

Krrish (2006)

Director – Rakesh Roshan

Cast – Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Rekha

It is the sequel of the above-mentioned movie. The plot is about the son of the protagonist of the previous movie. Like his father, who is presumed dead after a mishap in his lab, the son has the same superhuman powers. This leads his grandma to take him to a remote place in a bid to protect him from the prying eyes of the world. However, life has alternate plans for him when he meets a girl from Singapore and falls in love with her. It also bagged several awards from various award ceremonies of 2006 including one National Film Award, three IIFA Awards, and three Filmfare Awards.

Krrish 3 (2013)

Director – Rakesh Roshan

Cast – Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Vivek Oberoi, Kangana Ranaut,

It’s the sequel of Krrish and starts from where the previous movie ended. The protagonist is happily married to his lover and lives with his scientist father in Mumbai, blissfully unaware of the fact that, at the other end of the world, an evil genius and his team of mutated hybrids conspiring to cause destruction and devastation.  

Dasavathaaram (2008)

Director – K. S. Ravikumar

Cast – Kamal Hassan, Asin, Mallika Sherawat

If you are intrigued by the concept of the butterfly effect in the chaos theory, where a small change in initial conditions can set off a series of different outcomes, this movie is for you. The plot of the movie starts in the 12th century A.D., where a Vaishnavite is persecuted and drowned to death and how it leads to a series of events ending with the 2006 tsunami. The highlight of the movie is the performance of Kamal Hassan in ten distinct roles. The movie received critical acclaim because of the performances of the cast and its visual effects.

Patalghar (2003)

Director – Abhijit Chaudhuri

Cast – Biplab Chatterjee, Soumitra Chatterjee, Ketaki Dutta, Monu Mukherjee

This Bengali movie is regarded as one of the best Indian science fiction movies. The plot revolves around a doctor’s quest for the sleep-generating machine that was invented 150 years ago by a genius scientist, who safeguarded his invention from an invading alien by putting it to sleep. With his death, however, the device is lost and it is up to the doctor and some locals to find the instrument.

Mr. India (1978)

Director – Shekhar Kapur

Cast – Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Amrish Puri, Satish Kaushik

This one is a cult classic! The famous one-liner of Amrish Puri’s character “Mogambo khush Hua” is still stuck in our heads as much as his strange appearance, sinister swagger, and mannerisms, making him one of the iconic villains of all time. The plot is about a struggling artist who raises over a dozen orphaned kids in his large, old house. But a gangster has his eyes on the protagonist’s property and regularly harasses him. Fed up with the gangster’s activities, he uses his late scientist father’s invention to become invisible and fight crime.

Chances are high you’ve already watched some, or all, of these movies. It wouldn’t hurt you to watch these nine best science fiction movies in the Indian cinema history all over again.

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