Hollywood films that draw inspiration from Indian mythologies, from Oppenheimer to Interstellar

Hollywood motion pictures that are influenced by Indian mythologies

Millions of films have been reportedly inspired by Indian myths throughout history. These Hollywood films that drew inspiration from Indian legends range from Matthew McConaughey’s “Interstellar” to Christopher Nolan’s most recent picture, “Oppenheimer.”

X-Men Apocalypse

The Hindu god Krishna served as a vague inspiration for the X-Men’s Apocalypse. I can still hear him saying, “I have been called many things over many lifetimes: Ra, Krishna, Yahweh,” in one of the sequences.


The movie suggests that our apparent life is a dream, generating cycles of pain by drawing comparisons to Hindu temporal units. Christopher Nolan is once again in charge of this film.

Matrix Trilogy

Here, Neo’s quest to transcend the created reality coincides with Hindu philosophy’s intention to transcend Maya, giving the movie a profoundly intellectual depth.


Beyond just having a connection to blue, Lord Krishna is also related with Doctor Manhattan’s role in the movie. Additionally, as he watches the atomic bomb explode, the Bhagavad Gita’s line “Now I have become Death, the destroyer of worlds” comes to mind.

Dark Knight

Like Lord Krishna, Batman is a champion of justice and has multiple personalities. Since the character is mostly based on the Batman comics, this association is purely accidental.

Star Wars

The teachings of Yoda are consistent with portions of the Bhagavad Gita, and the idea of “The Force” is similar to how Hindus view the “One” or Universe.


The movie’s premise, which centres on time dilation on Miller’s planet, is reminiscent of a King Muchukunda-related episode from Hindu legend.


Indian mythology is skilfully incorporated into James Cameron’s “Avatar” television series, especially through the name, which is borrowed from Sanskrit and means “incarnation.”


The life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, a devotee of the Bhagavad Gita, served as the model for this Christopher Nolan picture.

Species (1995)

Some sequences in Species are reminiscent of events from the Mahabharata.

Star Wars (1977)

Hinduism and its spiritual ideas are among the Eastern cultures that influenced Star Wars.

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