Nag Ashwin reveals which Hollywood films inspired ‘Kalki 2898 AD’

In an interview with Zoom, Nag Ashwin, the director of the epic Kalki 2898 AD, discussed the Hollywood influences on the movie.
Ashwin identified Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars as his primary influences, despite being compared to Iron Man and Dune.
The movie, which debuted on June 27, has Deepika Padukone, Prabhas, Kamal Haasan, and Amitabh Bachchan. It blends science fiction and mythology.
The impact of “Star Wars” and “Guardians…”
“We grew up watching Marvel films,” Ashwin stated. Compared to Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy had a greater influence. Star Wars has undoubtedly had a significant influence on me; I adore the franchise, thus it unconsciously informs my aesthetic.”
He added, “Our references were these old Tibetan monks who are supposed to be 120 to 130 years old,” in reference to Haasan’s appearance. The Portrait of Dorian Grey was a frequent topic of conversation between us, Sir.

Ashwin recognised the names of characters derived from popular films.
Additionally, Ashwin admitted that two characters in Kalki 2898 AD have names derived from Harry Potter and Star Wars.
In homage to Star Wars star Luke Skywalker, Harshith Reddy called his character Luke.

Similar to this, Sirius, the name of Vinay Kumar’s character, was derived from Harry Potter’s Sirius Black.
Notably, Kalki has drawn praise for its vision but criticism for being “derivative” and “copying” from successful Hollywood films.

“Kalki 2898 AD” has been a box office success.

Grossing over 800 crore globally and 500 crore in India. The film was produced by Vyjayanthi Movies, and with a budget of 600 crore, it is reportedly the most expensive movie in India. Dulquer Salmaan, SS Rajamouli, Ram Gopal Varma, Mrunal Thakur, and Vijay Deverakonda have all made appearances in the movie.

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