Rocketry: The Nambi Effect: Movie Review and more

Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, featuring R Madhavan, opens with the family of Nambi Narayanan (R Madhavan) making preparations for a marriage ceremony. It first appears to be a family union ends up being disastrous. Nambi is imprisoned, his daughter and son are publicly humiliated and assaulted, and his wife Meena (Simran) is forcibly removed from the wedding. Nambi faces an espionage charge, and the emotional and physical burden falls wholly on his family.

Rocketry: The Nambi Effect: Movie Review and more

Movie Review

Firstly, the movie received a rating of about 3.5 out of 5.

Nambi Narayanan, a renowned scientist for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and recipient of the Padma Bhushan award, has had such an interesting life that it is surprising why no one has made a film about him earlier. R Madhavan’s directorial debut, which he also co-wrote and produced, was eventually successful after several failed attempts. The movie takes place in flashback when Shah Rukh Khan, a superstar, listens to Nambi Narayanan (R Madhavan) tell his life story in 2014. The production team filming this extensive interview is cursing their bad luck for being detained in the studios late at night to capture the “long and boring” tale of an aged scientist. But as soon as Nambi starts speaking, everyone, even the host, is captivated by his story.

Every part of Nambi’s path is thoroughly covered by Madhavan, including his achievements and difficulties in the workplace. The legendary Vikram Sarabhai, who is all too familiar with his prodigy, is Nambi’s mentor. Nambi earns a full scholarship from Princeton University despite the clear discrepancy between the course of study he is provided and what he wants to pursue. Nambi, however, is not one to follow rules; instead, he finds a way to not only understand what he wants but also excel at it. It gets to the point where he turns down a job offer from NASA in favour of working for ISRO and doing whatever it takes to advance India’s space mission.

While Nambi’s job is interesting and full of obstacles, it is also very technical, and Madhavan doesn’t mind using technical astronomy words and jargon to confuse the audience. The very evolving background score serves as a signal for us to support our protagonist throughout the entire first half as it explores various parts of Nambi’s little odd personality and astral experimentation. Sometimes the context gets lost in the details, prompting everyone to concentrate on the overall picture. Although the non-linear execution is thrilling and builds suspense, it also makes things more confusing.

R Madhavan convincingly recreates Nambi Narayanan’s real life in the film. From his make-up to language delivery and emotion, Madhavan becomes the man whose narrative he narrates. Shah Rukh Khan plays the part of an interviewer with heart while maintaining his signature good looks and charisma. He serves as a mirror of a nation’s conscience for a man who, despite all odds, committed his life to a cause. Simran as the thoughtful and respectable Meena Narayanan is a pleasant surprise. Simran’s performance goes a great way in portraying Nambi’s love for his vocation and the challenges he undergoes. Sam Mohan stands out among the supporting players as Unni, whose character is far more developed than others.

The movie takes off nicely, experiences some difficulties along the way, but eventually flies high with believable characters and heartwarming scenes that make it worthwhile for you to see.