Everyone enjoys a good space movie. When it comes to amazing astronomical films, Indian cinema is slowly but steadily catching up with Hollywood. The entire nation has grown interested in the subject since the historic landing of Chandrayaan 3 on the south pole of the moon last evening. Well wishes are pouring in from all over the world, and India is overjoyed. While we all celebrate this historic occasion, take a look at some Indian films that explore the space dimension in an intriguing and captivating way.
Rocketry-The Nambi Effect (2022)
R.Madhavan is based on the true story of Nambi Narayanan, an Indian aerospace engineer who has made tremendous progress in the field of Indian space research. While Nambi is a living genius, his obsession with his ideologies makes enemies, but that doesn’t stop him from bringing about the necessary change. The film honours Nambi Narayanan and everyone who helped him bring about a historic change in the country. The real Nambi Narayanan, Suriya, and Shah Rukh Khan make cameo appearances in the film.
Mission Mangal (2019)
A stellar cast assembled for a film depicting one of India’s largest space missions. Mission Mangal is about a group of Indian scientists who worked tirelessly to make the Mars Orbiter Mission a reality. Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, and Nithya Menen star in the film.
Antariksham 9000 KMPH (2018)
The Telugu film Antariksham 9000 KMPH, starring Varun Tej and Aditi Rao Hydari, revolves around Dev, a retired astronaut who is approached for an important mission to repair a satellite that, if not repaired immediately, could cause a worldwide communication blackout. As Dev and his fellow astronauts navigate the situation, he realises that he faces far greater challenges than he had anticipated.
Koi…Mil Gaya (2003)
Most of us have a soft spot in our hearts for this film. Koi… Mil Gaya, starring Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, and Rekha, is about Rohit, a young boy who discovers his late father’s scientific equipment and accidentally connects with an alien planet. Soon after his unintentional connection, an alien spaceship lands in his hometown, leaving behind an alien named Jaadu, whom Rohit discovers. Rohit and his friends go out of their way to protect his new friend from danger, and in exchange, Jaadu grants Rohit superhuman abilities. If you haven’t seen this yet, you should do so right away.
Tik Tik Tik(2018)
Inspired by Michael Bay’s Armageddon (1998). Tik Tik Tik is a Tamil science-fiction film that tells the fictional story of an asteroid striking Chennai’s Ennore neighbourhood. Another one is expected to strike in the near future. RAW then dispatches their best man on the job to handle the situation.
Chand Par Chadayee(1967)
T. P. Sundaram produced and directed the film, which is similar to one of the earliest films ever made, Georges Melies’ A Trip to the Moon. The plot revolves around a group of astronauts who embark on a mission to the moon. When they arrive, they are met with a swarm of warriors and monsters from an alien planet.
Kalai Arasi (1963)
The first Indian space film was directed by A. Kasilingam. MG Ramachandran and P. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna starred in it. Despite its success, the film did not inspire many others to explore the sci-fi and space drama genres. The producers’ decision not to commit too much money to a single film at the time may have been influenced by the fact that the Indian public was unaware of scientific breakthroughs.