I wish Dr Sethuraman were real and could give me his powerful time-travelling watch right now. I want nothing more than to skip forward, or backward, in time and escape this terrible pandemic situation. Even though he might not be a real person, Suriya’s character in 24 is an iconic one that will pakka go down in history.
24 is a movie that is still widely loved, and Suriya’s acting skills were properly seen through the three characters that he played. He was Dr Sethuraman, a genius scientist who invents a watch with which a person can travel back and forth in time for a maximum of 24 hours. Suriya also plays Athreya, the Doctor’s evil twin, and Mani–the Doctor’s own son. It’s a fantastic battle against time and also a family drama, all the while bringing in new concepts of sci-fi, physics and technology. It released on 6 May 2016, and today we celebrate its 4th birthday!
We thought that the best way to celebrate #4Yearsof24 is to check out other Indian movies that were made on time travel:
Who – Malayalam, 2018
Directed by Vijay Devaloka, Who is a sharp, stunning film that takes place in the fantasy place, Mercada, starring Shine Tom Chacko and Shruthy Menon. Every Christmas, strange events happen in this Mercada Valley. To investigate further, a team is formed that includes a young girl, a dream interpreter, a criminal psychologist and two police officers. They learn how time travel plays a huge part in the strange events of the valley, and TRUST me, while watching, you will be stunned by the plot twists here and there. If you haven’t watched this, go see it now. Malayali cinema at its best.
Baar Baar Dekho – Hindi, 2016
Starring Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra, Baar Baar Dekho is a love story that takes us back and forth in time. Jai, played by Sidharth, reluctantly agrees to marry Diya, before causing her to break up with him. The next morning Jai finds himself in 2018, then 2034, then 2023, 2047, and then back to 2023. After seeing how his fear of commitment hurt Diya, how he was never a good husband to her, or a good son to his mother, he realises the mistakes he’s made. Finally, he wakes up in the present and reconciles with Diya, promising to be true to her. They get married and the greatest Sangeet song ever, Kaala Chashma, is born!
Abby Sen – Bengali, 2015
Directed by Atanu Ghosh, starring Abir Chatterjee and Raima Sen, this movie follows the story of 30 year old TV producer, Abby Sen, Kolkata 2013. Although he is a genius obsessed with scientific stories, his tv shows are always failures. He then meets a scientist who helps him travel back in time to 1980, where Abby’s life ends up being super eventful. But problems arise when he tries to straddle both worlds, 1980 and 2013, his personal and professional life. This film is funny, quirky, and deadly chilling.
Indru Netra Naalai – Tamil, 2015
Indru Netru Naalai is a scientific-comedy-drama Tamil film, directed by R Ravikumar, starring Vishnu Vishal and Miya George in the leads. The story is as dramatic as it is funny: after a scientist invents a time machine in 2065, he sends it back in time to 2015 with the plan of it returning within 40 seconds. Of course, the machine does not return. Instead, it is seen by three people–Elango, a struggling budding entrepreneur, his best friend and fake astrologer, Pulivetti Arumugam, and an inventor, Giridhara Parthasarathy. This leads to a comedy of errors, where each person uses the time machine to their benefit, realises their own mistakes, and even accidentally shoots the time machine. By the end, however, it is seen that the time machine returns to the scientist in 2065, making it a success.
Shree – Hindi, 2013
Shree, played by Hussain Kuwajerwala, is an ordinary man who needs to earn money before he can marry the love of his life, Sonu. A rich businessman, Randhawa, offers Shree to participate in a scientific experiment which will earn him money in response. Lured by the promise of a bright, luxurious future, Shree goes ahead with the offer, and his life changes within those 12 hours. Personally, I think this movie tried to do something different but only if the characters and dialogues were more convincing. All in all, it’s an okay thriller.
Action Replayy – Hindi, 2010
What a disaster this film was. Directed by Vipul Shah and starring Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai and Aditya Roy Kapoor, Action Replayy was a xerox copy of Back to the Future. When his parents’ marriage falls apart, Bunty, played by Aditya Roy Kapoor, loses faith in commitment and keeps rejecting his girlfriend’s proposals. His girlfriend introduces him to Anthony Gonsalves, her grandfather who is also a scientist working on a time machine. He travels back in time 35 years to witness how his parents were before they got married. After a series of badly-performed slapstick comedic antics and a really dragged storyline, the conclusion is that Bunty gets over his commitment issues, his parents are together in the future, and everybody is happy and in love. -_-.
Love Story 2050 – Hindi, 2008
Remember when Harman Baweja was a thing? Yeah, neither do I. Love Story 2050 was directed by Harry Baweja and starred Priyanka Chopra+Harman Baweja in the leads. A sci-fi romance film, it deals with travelling back and forth in time after Sana (played by Priyanka) dies, a futuristic Bombay full of holograms and whatnot, and a strange reincarnation of Sana that just doesn’t sit well with me. First, it’s funny that they thought Bombay would be so technologically advanced by 2050 (hah!), and second, the whole movie was just cringe. I’d say don’t watch it, but it’s actually great to watch with friends on a Friday night, with some wine.
Aditya 369 – Telugu, 1991
This Telugu film was way ahead of its time. In 1991, Singeetam Srinivasa Rao directed Aditya 369, which starred Mohini and Nandamuri Balakrishna. It followed the story of a scientist’s experiments with his time machine, and how his daughter Hema (Mohini) and her fiance Krishna Kumar (Balakrishna) accidentally get into the time machine. They travel back in time to the era of the Krishnadevaraya Empire. A second thread of the story revolves around the same couple traveling forward in time to a fictional Third World War. Aditya 369 is super entertaining masaledar, and a good mindless watch.
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