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Sci-fi in India: Many fanfare, but why so little?



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When we think of the sci-fi genre, our mind immediately begins narrating the many, many Hollywood films and series that are being produced every year, but when it comes to home grown content, one has to think hard about it.

Yes, films such as Krrish franchise, Robot franchise, Ra.One (2011) and other regional language films such as Tamil film Tik Tik Tik (2018) and 24 (2016) have been made in the last year, but the genre never really took off in India, as it did in the west.

Shalindar Vyas, who acted on SonyLiv the sci-fi web series JL50, agrees that in India there are not enough homegrown sci-fi movies to go about.

He shares that when he began writing JL-50 his focus was on giving the audience the strong connection that India had always had with science.

Kadav also points out that the biggest challenge she has faced and something that all sci-fi writers do is the question’re these people getting it?’ and thus directly affects the stories that one tries to tell or even the budgets our stories get.

But with the rise of the OTT platforms this genre could get a fresh start just now.

There have been projects on and off, but the type of production that is often seen in the sci-fi genre because of Hollywood is what makes Bollywoood may look dim in comparison to that.

But it could possibly with the OTT platforms there will be more scope of that happening,“ says Trade analyst Atul Mohan.

Even actors are completely playing this genre into existence.

Among others is actor Shweta Tripathi Sharma, who plays Cargo : “It is not every day that an actor in India is given a part in a sci-fi film so with both hands I got the film”.

The huge relief was that we had a release.

Some movies should be seen on the big screen and Cargo is one such movie.

In theaters, it would just have been magical.

It is a new future and I think it will probably make the way for a lot of other filmmakers and arbiters to really go into this genre more today than ever before.”

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