The word “apocalypse” is defined as “the end of the world, as described in the Bible”, by the Oxford Dictionary. While Hollywood seems to produce a number of films, with post-apocalyptic themes, each year the Indian film industry is not that big on this concept.
One of the main reasons for this is the fact that post-apocalyptic and dystopian themes became predominant after WWII, when the threat of nuclear war weighed heavily on the rest of the world as India, which had just gained independence, dealt with several issues but was largely unrelated to the fear of losing society as we know it after development.
We take a look at five of those popular films, which dealt with post-apocalypse and dystopia themes, which ended up being mainstream movies.
The 1991 Telugu film written and directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao, starring Nandamuri Balakrishna, Mohini, Amrish Puri, Tinnu Anand and Suthivelu is widely regarded as the first Indian film ever based on the concept of time travel. The film was a big commercial success and also received rave reviews for depicting several themes, including dystopian and apocalyptic themes. It has been nicknamed in Hindi “Mission 369” and in Tamil “Apoorva Sakthi 369”.
‘Avataran’ The upcoming Assamese-language sci-fi film directed and produced by Tarunabh Dutta starring Reema Kaif, Ananya Parashar and Devyam Seal, among other actors, takes place 100 years in the future, where planet earth as we know it has been destroyed and humanity is in danger. The film dates back to the year 2014, a little girl, Panchi and her relatives are involved in the protection of an alien life force from other sinister forces, as the alien life force may hold the key to the survival of the Earth. in the future. . The film has been shot for over 8 years, with its main filming starting in May 2012. It was due for release in 2020, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has postponed it.
‘Carbon’ The Hindi-language short film, on the aftermath of global warming, starring Jackky Bhagnani, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Prachi Desai, written and directed by Maitrey Bajpai and Ramiz Ilham Khan was released in 2017 and focuses on prevailing environmental issues in Delhi. Set in 2067, the story revolves around the lack of oxygen and water, and the abundance of carbon in the gaseous state. This futuristic film depicts a scenario where there will be a shortage of oxygen and only carbon will prevail.
‘Jil Jung Juk’
‘Jil Jung Juk’, the 2016 Tamil-language black comedy film directed by debutant Deeraj Vaidy, starring Siddharth alongside Avinash Raghudevan and Sananth Reddy explores themes of the Butterfly Effect, post-apocalyptic and futuristic fiction . The film follows three people, who were commissioned by a terrible drug lord to transport drugs, and the struggles they faced on their journey.
“Matrabhoomi: a nation without a woman”
Fear of inequality in Indian society, lack of development and other issues like sexism have become themes for post-apocalyptic films in India. “Matrabhoomi: A Nation Without Women” is one example, which dealt with the theme of what a country could be if it continues to practice female feticide to the point where there are no more women in the country.