The science fiction genre is still a very untapped area as Bollywood has very few films, but such movies are slowly becoming a popular genre in India. The Indian cinema has evolved over the past decades and more and more filmmakers are stepping out of their comfort zone and venturing into uncharted territory.
While not all Sci-Fi movies have lived up to our expectations, there are a few which were well received by the audience. So, let's take a look at the best Sci-Fi movies in Bollywood.
Number one on the list and the sixth highest-grossing Indian film in overseas markets, PK is a classic Rajkumar Hirani film. This 2014 hit film talks about money makers in the name of religion with a twist and comedy (and an alien). It is a new concept in Bollywood and probably the first comedy sci-fi movie. It was a courageous and successful movie.
This Tamil-language science fiction film is directed by S. Shankar and features Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the lead roles. It revolves around the struggle of the scientist Dr. Vaseegaran after his android robot Chitti goes rogue due to an evil scientist. However, the project backfires when the robot falls in love with the scientist’s girlfriend. It was released theatrically in October 2010 and was the most expensive Indian film at that time. It met with positive reviews from critics with particular praise for the visual effects.
One of the most talked movies during 2011 was Ra.One. The movie was definitely a brave attempt at science fiction imagination. The hero and the villain both escape from the game’s virtual world and enter into the real world. And the story is so gripping, music & technical scenes are so catchy that the audience enjoyed the whole movie.
After a long time, it was in 2003 when a major science-fiction movie got released and attracted the public and critics as well. This movie proved to be the milestone of the journey of science fiction in India. This film was released in 2003 and was Bollywood’s first film about aliens. The film shows the bond between a stranded alien and a mentally challenged boy. The Krrish franchise consists of three films so far, Koi Mil Gaya, Krrish and Krrish 3. All three films in the franchise have been critical and commercial successes.
Mr.India is the first Super-Duper-Hit science-fiction movie of Bollywood that encouraged the producers to touch the science fiction stories ahead. This classic from the eighties is one of the few sci-fi films to be produced in India; incidentally, it is also one of the best. An interesting and intelligent story that makes for full-on family entertainment. This movie will make you smile, laugh and cry and bring out all the other various emotions in you. Mr. India was the highest-grossing Indian film of 1987 and this is the one movie that has remained a cult classic in India.