This article begins by defining the extent, and key characteristics, of British Imperialism before examining two science fiction films -At the Earth’s Core (1976)made in the UK and Koi… Mil Gaya (2003)made in India. At the Earth’s Core is about a Victorian explorer Dr. Perry who discovers a world, and different beings, beneath the Earth’s crust. Koi… Mil Gaya, the first Bollywood Science Fiction film, is about an alien visitation in India. The article analyses how each film depicts and engages with Imperialism. As there are many facets to imperialism, it focuses on three specific areas: exploration;post-colonialism impact; and the gaze of ‘the Other,’ examining both the colonising (Empire) and the colonised country. It concludes that whilst the British film retains a ‘lost world’ narrative, the Indian film depicts a non-threatening invasion but the continued desire for certain factions to seek to exploit or profit from, the Other.
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