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Rocketry Trailer: R Madhavan as a scientist who has to prove he is innocent


Published On: 02 April 2021 | Kollywood | By:

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The biopic is based on the life of the former rocket scientist at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Nambi Narayanan. Head of ISRO’s cryogenics division, he was falsely accused of espionage and arrested in 1994.

The trailer of Rocketry presents introduce Nambi Narayanan (played by Madhavan) as an arrogant genius who wants to put India on the map when it comes to the commercial satellite market. The trailer showcases how his patriotism became his downfall and he was arrested for selling plans of India’s space programme to foreign countries. All charges against him were dismissed by the Supreme Court in 1998.

Working as the in-charge of the cryogenics division at ISRO, Narayanan foresaw the need for liquid-fuelled engines for ISRO’s future civilian space programmes and introduced the technology in India as early as the 1970s. The same technology which later he was accused of selling.

In 1992, ISRO finalised a deal with Russia for the transfer of technology to develop cryogenic-based fuels. However, due to pressure from US and France on Russia, the deal was called off. Nonetheless, a new agreement with Russia was signed to fabricate four cryogenic engines without a formal transfer of technology. Tenders were floated and a consensus had already been reached with Kerala Hitech Industries Limited (Keltch) which would have provided the cheapest tender for fabricating engines. But, at the peak of his career, the scientist got stuck in the ‘ISRO spy case’.

Madhavan, who is both directing and playing the titular role in the movie, thanked Suriya for his contribution to the movie. “Brother we owe you more than you can ever imagine. If not for you this endeavour would not have been half as successful. Love you brother God bless you,” Madhavan’s tweet read.  

Bankrolled by Madhavan, Varghese Moolan and Vijay Moolan under the banners of Tricolour Films and Varghese Moolan Pictures, Rocketry: The Nambi Effect was shot simultaneously in Hindi, Tamil and English. Although the makers of the movie haven’t revealed the release date of the film, the trailer mentions that the movie is gearing up to hit the big screens during summer this year.

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