Rocketry:The Nambi Effect screened in Parliament, has success party

R. Madhavan speaks at success party of Rocketry: The Nambi Effect. With him is the cast and crew. Nambi Narayanan is seen seated on a wheelchair. Photo: Rajiv Vijayakar

Madhavan is on cloud nine, as he should be seeing how his movie Rocketry has become everything he had hoped for—and more. The film has garnered rave reviews from audiences, critics and now, even the Parliament!

The biographical drama was screened in Parliament on August 5 and received a phenomenal response. Madhavan said, “It was quite a humbling experience. I was proud and nervous at the same time. You have to realize this isn’t a common occurrence and I still cannot believe it happened. And of course, I am eternally grateful that the film was so well-received.”

Rocketry: The Nambi Effect is produced and directed by R. Madhavan and based on the life of Nambi Narayanan, played by Madhavan, a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). This film is still running in theatres in its fifth week despite being already on OTT platforms.

The success party of the film was also held August 8 at Mumbai’s Grand Hyatt Hotel. Nambi was also present, proving a darling with his ever-smiling, humorous comments, like mischievously saying that Madhavan, when talking to him about his life before making the film, was never told about Nambi’s girlfriends!

Nambi, all of 80-plus now, and on a wheelchair, was cheerful all through, even while detailing how and which portions of the film were real and which dramatized. He declared that the cases against his oppressors then were still on, so he could not voice opinions.

Madhavan was playing an aged man for probably the first time, and when I asked whether he had aged mentally and emotionally during the making of this film, he quipped. “Yes! About a 150 years!”

Guests at the party included Poonam Dhillon, Satish Shah with wife, Pallavi Joshi and Madhu Chopra, Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ mother. The entire cast and crew were present and also called up on stage by Madhavan.

And yes, the South Indian items on the dinner menu were superb!



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