Rocketry: The Nambi Effect Movie Review

Cast: R. Madhavan, Sam Mohan, Dinesh Prabhakar, Bijou Thaangjam, Rajit Kapur, Misha Ghoshal, Rajeev Ravindranathan, Gulshan Grover, Simran, Karthik Kumar, Vincent Riotta, Phyllis Logan

Crew:
Edited by Bijith Bala
Cinematography by Sirsha Ray
Music by Sam CS
Director: R. Madhavan
Producers: Sarita Madhavan, R. Madhavan, Varghese Moolan, Vijay Moolan

R. Madhavan gave up 5 years of his acting career to write, direct Nambi Narayanan’s biographical drama, Rocketry: The Nambi Effect. He even produced it. Shah Rukh Khan and Suriya came on board looking at his passion towards the film and their cameos did garner good buzz for the film. Who is Nambi Narayanan? Why his story needs to be told? What are his achievements and what lead to an actor making such a film? Let’s discuss…

Plot:

Nambi Narayanan (Madhavan) is humiliated by Kerala Police marking him as a spy. They allege that he sold National secrets like the designs of cryogenic engines to Pakistan. India did make a huge leap with Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan in Space Industry. More number of Indian brilliant minds are working for NASA or other International agencies but not India. Why is that? Is there any connection to the huge success story of ISRO and also this knowlege export or Brain Drain could be because of humiliation faced by Nambi? Was Nambi really a spy? If he isn’t, how did he prove his innocence? Watch the movie to know more …

Analysis:

Indian espionage thrillers are getting made thanks to recent OTT boost. Major number of genres that can be categorised as unexplored or under explored by Indian movie makers are gaining focus. Biopics, biographical dramas and even spy, espionage movies are being attempted. Madhavan as an actor proved his mettle but as a director or writer, he did not make many films, in fact, this is his debut. His style seems to be close to Mani Rathnam school but there is far more difference between a master storyteller like Mani sir and Madhavan but there are portions that lean towards how Mani sir might have handled few scenes, especially in the first half portions. But Madhavan brings more meat to the proceedings in second hour only, when the case is being handled.

His writing skills in few scenes are dominated by his acting skills. But he makes it a point to not deviate our focus from Nambi’s life story. He spends more time on his accomplishments but they seem less intriguing or life threatening than they should have been. He could have worked on black comedy portions that he established but he left them alone. He could have used those portions to build a case against him and for him as well. Still, the way he wanted to say the story about an accomplished man with sincerity should be praised. While the screenplay could have been better, performances cover up for it. It is an attempt that doesn’t harm your senses and stays pure to the story it wants to tell.

Positives:

Performances
BGM
Less explored Scientific achievements
Interesting Plot idea

Negatives::

Melo-dramatic presentation
Drag in Screenplay

Rating: 3/5

Bottom line: One-time Watch!

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