Rocketry directed by R Madhavan is undoubtedly one of the finest films to come out of India in a long time. The film was released at the 75th Cannes Film Festival on May 19. The film does justice to the life and sacrifice of the greatly talented and patriotic rocket scientist Nambi Narayanan. Madhavan portrays the role of Nambi Narayanan with absolute conviction and deserves all the applause. The film shows the progression of ISRO post-independence. Life and truth of Nambi Narayanan is something the younger generation deserves to know and Madhavan comes out tops in this movie.
There is no melodrama nor over the top dialogues which ensure there is subtlety and truth is conveyed effectively. With minimal creative or cinematic liberties Madhavan has delivered a stellar story with pride and dedication. The touch of colour and production values to depict the era in which the film is portrayed deserves special mention for it transports you to the period and you live every bit of it. The Makeup of Madhavan in some places makes one feel he is Nambi for real – it's simply superb.
The parts where Nambi is falsely accused and tortured is a telling tale of how power without true purpose can be misused and manipulated from the forces with ulterior motives. Nambi stood his ground with conviction because he was morally right is the takeaway for all. Truth can take time to come out but steadfastness to principles and values alone can give the conviction to stand-up to any challenge. This is the message, life and story that we need to emulate from the life of Nambi Narayanan and Madhavan has done a fine job.
All the supporting actors have done a beautifully complementing role too making the viewer part of the journey. Simran does a fine job as the better half of Madhavan in the film, the pain and agony the Nambi family went through cannot be ignored.
Film is deeply touching, fresh, bold, honest and a must watch for all.
A Grandson, Husband and Father of Two, S Jaganathan, is one of the Director's of The Verandah Club. He is an avid traveller, interested in trendspotting and a firm believer in the philosophy - Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah.
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