Bollywood goes sci-fi with 'Love Story 2050'

MUMBAI (Reuters) - A new Bollywood romance based on the premise of time travel is being seen as the Indian film industry’s first serious attempt at science fiction.

Actress Priyanka Chopra greets the audience during a news conference to promote the film "Love Story 2050" at the International Indian Film Academy awards weekend in Bangkok June 8, 2008. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

“Love Story 2050”, which opened in cinemas on Friday, recreates a futuristic Mumbai city complete with flying cars, androids and airborne fight sequences.

Special effects include a robot teddy bear that runs errands for leading lady Priyanka Chopra.

“We have spent close to 12 million dollars on the film and I would say that this is India’s first real sci-fi film,” the film’s director Harry Baweja told Reuters.

“Of course, films like ‘Krrish’ and ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ had elements of sci-fi, but not as much as Love Story 2050.”

Traditionally, Bollywood films tend to lean towards song-and-dance romances, family dramas and violent revenge stories.

Despite India being a major hub for outsourcing of animation and special effects for Hollywood studios, filmmakers in the country have hardly taken advantage.

But Baweja says all this is about to change.

“If you look at the top 20 Hollywood grossers of all time, at least half of them have been science fiction films. Obviously, this genre works, and Bollywood has to start exploiting it,” he said.

“We have used the best VFX technology, but the film has been made keeping in mind Indian audiences and their tastes.”

Baweja’s son Harman makes his debut as an actor in “Love Story 2050.”