Marking the directorial debut of R Madhavan, Rocketry: The Nambi Effect made headlines with its premiere at the recently held Cannes Film Festival. With the movie all set to release worldwide next week on July 1, here are 5 things you should know about the biographical drama.
The movie is based on the real life events of Nambi Narayanan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation, who was falsely accused of being a spy and arrested in 1994. Though free, he is still fighting for justice, with those police officials alleged to have falsely implicated him, still free.
Who Was Nambi Narayanan?
Padma Bhushan Nambi Naryanan was charged for violating India’s official secret law, corruption, and other offences in the infamous 1994 espionage case. Though he was later acquitted by a CBI court and the Supreme Court in 1998, he spent a total of 50 days in jail along with fellow scientist D Sasikumar and four others.
In his autobiography, Orbits of memories, Nambi described the spy case as a conspiracy against him and the ISRO through the collective efforts of agents of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in assistance with the Indian police and intelligence officers. The case was produced out of thin air in order to stall India’s rapid advancements in the development of an indigenous cryogenic rocket engine, he said in the book.
Madhavan’s Directorial Debut
The movie marks the directorial debut of the Vikram Vedha star who also stars in the titular role. Madhavan donned the director’s hat while the movie was being shot as the director left the film without completing it.
SRK, Suriya In Cameo
Rocketry will see the cameos of superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Suriya, which fans have been eager to watch since the release of the trailer. In a recent interview, Madhavan spoke about how SRK did not charge a single penny for his cameo in the project and was willing to be a part of the film even if it were just for a background act.
When And Where To Watch
The movie will release theatrically on July 1 worldwide. Rocketry has been shot simultaneously in Tamil, Hindi and English and will also be released in dubbed versions of Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada languages.