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Kollywood's latest movie star is Paarthi — pictured above, he has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, and worked at NASA studying ozone depletion, climate change, and the search for extraterrestrial life. And now he's making his own movie.

That movie is Vingyani, which Paarthi is starring in as well as writing and directing. Apparently, it's set in the year 2050, and Paarthi is some kind of scientist who works in a lab and makes a scientific breakthrough that affects life in a small village, where co-star Meera Jasmine lives. Here's the trailer, featuring lots of flying fireballs — and an earworm-y musical number where Paarthi and Meera both sing about X chromosomes and Y chromosomes:

It looks pretty zany, but the notion of a science fiction film made by someone with a PhD in aerospace engineering is actually pretty neat. Fingers crossed, I guess. [Times of India and Southscope]

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