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Between Science and Mythology: The World of Bollywood Science Fiction Film

January 20, 2020 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Between Science and Mythology

Doors open at 6pm and talk begins at 7pm. Between 6-7pm, join us in a set of interactive, hands-on activities and scientific demonstrations related to the presentation!

Date: Monday, January 20, 2020

Talk: Between Science and Mythology: The World of Bollywood Science Fiction Film

Speaker: Dr. Asma Sayed, English

Abstract: Science fiction, generally recognized as a genre that developed in the late 19th century, usually deals with contemporary social anxieties, and provides a commentary on the issues that we face in our day-to-day lives. The fictional or imagined world is made credible through a variety of real/unreal scientific theories or pseudo-science. In the West, SF films have been extremely popular. However, Indian films do not have significant representation in the SF genre. Hollywood style SF films have not appealed much to the Indian audiences which are all too used to formulaic musicals. Nonetheless, there have been some interesting developments in the field in the last decade. Taking some of the contemporary Hindi science fiction films, especially Ra.One, a 2011 mega-technology cyberpunk film, and PK, an SF comedy, as examples, this presentation will provide an overview of the development of science fiction film in India and open a discussion about the role cinema can play, if any, in raising awareness about ethical use of science and in bringing change to our modern social order.

The KPU-Science World Speaker Series is a partnership developed between KPU and Science World that supports the expansion of science in our communities. Join us for our fifth season of talks that work to engage, entertain and educate guests with fascinating insights into the world of science.