Is Bollywood finally waking up to Sci-fi?

The phenomenal showing in India of Avengers Endgame, which has had massive collections has sent alarm bells ringing in Bollywood. Why don’t we see sci fi content in our Bollywood films, why is there a dearth of original Indian content, why aren’t we exploring the vast repertoire of rich content and story lines that we already have?
Here’s what a few directors had to say about the same:

Madhur Bandarkar said, “Right at the outset I would like to state that is it unfair to compare Indian cinema with Hollywood. Look at the scope of business for them? They have the world market. In India itself they are dubbing in atleast three languages. Whereas for us it is still a limited market even if we distribute overseas. We will be catering to diaspora audience. It’s not that we don’t have the technical knowhow or great stories to tell. If you look at Bahubali it’s at par with any Hollywood film. Things are picking up however in India a gradual pace. Digital has picked up, Ott platforms are opening up so Sci Fi as a genre will grow in India, I’m very hopeful.”

Shashanka Ghosh said, “I feel there are many ideas but mostly in the overlap between fantasy and sci fi. For pure sci fi-  traditionally and now we still prefer emotionally charged storytelling while sci fi requires a logical/ intellectual involvement which is slowly coming about. In the super real fantasy zone we have no dearth – god films have abounded, and the latest being Bahubali.”Protiqe Mojoomdar said, “Right from the times of Satyajit Ray’s Prof. Shanku to Chacha Chaudhary, Nagraj and Tinkle.. and of course Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury.. Indians have grown up with both Indian and international sci fi stories and exciting superheroes. Avengers and Stranger Things are a recent phenomenon of course, which have opened the lid in terms of cashing in majorly on the film/content business. And that’s because studios like Marvel and Netflix are some of the smartest content creators in the world – their fingers have been on the viewer’s pulse all along. We are very very excited about this genre at Handyyman, and are attempting this in a small way through our forthcoming web series ‘Hawa Badle Hassu’ which is an environmental thriller with sci-fi elements. While it is a simple story of an Autorickshaw driver who is desperately concerned about the deteriorating Environment around him, it packs in inspirations from the sci-fi genre to help turn the pages in this friendly neighborhood autowallah’s life! And it’s an all Indian crew and VFX is happening out of Goa.

Vivek Agnihotri said, ” I think Sci Fi in Hollywood is a cultivated genre. They have comics and pre established stories which already command a huge fan base. They are smart to convert that huge repository into cinema. We have great stories too but there is a gap somewhere. We are not turning to our roots- not exploring the depth of content that is already there. I think the issue is slightly deeper. As Indians we must instill a sense of pride in India. We should look at the positive narratives only then can we come up with such level of cinema”

Rajiv Chilaka, Creator of Chhota Bheem said, “Avengers Endgame has been a culmination of a decade of movies. Krish series was an honest attempt to create and add to the pantheon of Indian superheroes. The fact remains that Krish was the introduction of a new superhero. Some characters instantly connect to the audience and some create their impact over time. Even an Avengers Endgame took a decade to become the juggernaut that it is today. I believe this genre commands a much closer and longer approach.”

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Super Bheem’s super surprise this Monday,1st May on Pogo

Super Bheem, a weekly TV series on Pogo, is coming with a twist for the kids this Monday, 1st May, 2017. Pogo and Green Gold Animation wanted to keep the time of the telecast a secret for the kids to create a surprise for them.Continue reading “Super Bheem’s super surprise this Monday,1st May on Pogo”

Super Bheem is now a weekly show every Sunday on Pogo

After the success of the television films on Super Bheem, Green Gold Animation & Pogo are gearing up to present Super Bheem in a weekly episodic format every Sunday, starting,  2nd April 2017. The makers of Chhota Bheem, Green Gold Animation has come up with an upscale 3D-off shoot avatar to their star character ‘Chhota Bheem’ titled as ‘Super Bheem’. It shows Bheem and his friends in a freshly churned 3D animation format, now as a weekly TV series on the titular character- ‘Super Bheem’.Continue reading “Super Bheem is now a weekly show every Sunday on Pogo”

Bollywood Actors Who Could Star In Chhota Bheem Himalayan Adventure

The makers of Chhota Bheem have just released Chhota Bheem Himalayan Adventure and the animated characters and their antics continue to be loved immensely by kids. If the film would have starred Bollywood celebs, we feel the following actors would have done full justice to the epic characters:

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Chhota Bheem : We feel that Bollywood’s Bhaijaan Salman Khan will be the apt choice to play the role of Chhota Bheem, thanks to his drool-worthy muscles and philanthropic ways. Salman is a mastikhor with a heart of gold just like Chhota Bheem and his Dabangg persona will make the enemies run away. Chhota Bheem 2

Chutki : We feel that the current reigning queen of Bollywood, Deepika Padukone will be perfect to play the role of Chutki as she has the right amount of spunk and her dimples make her look as cute as the female protagonist of the popular cartoon series.
Chhota Bheem 3Indumati : Indumati is the princess of Dholkapur and we believe that Bollywood’s quintessential fashionista Sonam Kapoor, who played a royalty in her last release Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, will be the perfect choice for the role.
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Dholu-Bholu : Kalia’s chelas Dholu-Bholu never fail to tickle our funny bone with their silly antics. We believe that the two on-screen brothers – Ramesh and Suresh, who feature in the ad series of a popular chocolate brand, will be able to pull of the role easily.
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Hidimbak: As the antagonist of the upcoming film Chhota Bheem Himalayan Adventure is the powerful Hidimbak, we think that given his gigantic physique and ability to cake walk through fights, WWE champ Khali will be able to play the role with utmost ease.Chhota Bheem 6
Kalia : With his quirky humour and evil demeanour, Ganesh Acharya can step into bully Kalia’s shoes quite comfortably.
Produced by Rajiv Chilaka and Samir Jain under their banner Green Gold Pictures, the film has been directed by Rajiv Chilaka and Rusauro B. Adorable and is currently playing in theatres across India.