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5 Indian Space Movies You Should Definitely Watch

Reisha Shetty
Junior Digital Writer

Everybody loves a good space film. Indian cinema is slowly, but steadily, catching up with Hollywood when it comes to giving us some amazing astronomical films.

We have seen some brilliant films and shows like Rocket Boys that is based on the life of Dr. Homi J Bhabha and Dr. Vikram A Sarabhai, who changed the landscape of space research in India. After making its international premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, R. Madhavan’s Rocketry: The Nambi Effect has been making some major headlines and breaking records almost immediately after it’s release. Aside from the engaging plot, it was Madhavan’s transformation that has been the talk of town.

These movies and shows have shown the audience the journey of Indian scientists, especially during a time when all space-related films revolve around the American space organisation, NASA. With the world being familiar with other countries’ achievements in space research, it’s time to show the world what India has accomplished.

Here are the five best Indian space films that revolve around Indian scientists and researchers (both fictional and non-fictional) that are a must-watch for all astronomy enthusiasts...

Rocketry-The Nambi Effect (2022)

The movie that has taken the world by storm, Rocketry-The Nambi Effect starring and directed by R.Madhavan, is based on the real-life story of Indian aerospace engineer, Nambi Narayanan who has made tremendous progress in the field of Indian space research. While Nambi is a living genius, his obsession with his ideologies tends to make enemies, but this doesn’t stop him from bringing in the right change. The movie celebrates Nambi Narayanan and everyone who supported him to bring in a historic change for the country.

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Mission Mangal (2019)

A stellar starcast came together for a movie that depicted one of India’s biggest space missions. Mission Mangal revolves around a group of Indian scientists whose hardwork and persistence made the Mars Orbiter Mission a reality. The movie features an ensemble cast including Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, and Nithya Menen.

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Swades (2004)

One of Shah Rukh Khan’s finest performances in Bollywood, the 2004 film Swades follows Mohan, an Indian expatriate who works at NASA. As Mohan realises that he has finally made his dream life a reality, he misses his old nanny, Kaveri, who still lives in India. So, to bring her to the United States of America, Mohan travels back to India and finds himself in a small village where Kaveri now resides. In his quest to convince his old nanny to relocate to the US with him, he sees the true beauty in the village and finds himself working towards the betterment of the small village and the people who live there.

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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 can cause a worldwide communication blackout if not fixed immediately. As Dev navigates the situation along with his fellow astronauts, he realises that he faces much bigger challenges than he had anticipated.

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Koi…Mil Gaya (2003)

This is a movie that holds a special place in the hearts of most of us. Koi…Mil Gaya, starring Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta and Rekha, revolves around Rohit, a young boy who discovers his late father’s scientific equipment and ends up connecting with an alien planet. Soon after his unintentioned connection, an alien spaceship lands in his hometown, leaving behind an alien that Rohit finds and names Jaadu. To protect his new friend from danger, Rohit and his friends go out of their way and, in return, Jaadu gives Rohit superhuman abilities. A truly wholesome watch, if you haven’t seen this, you need to, stat!

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