How would you feel if you discover a project that could give India a giant leap in its space program and get arrested on flimsy charges, that would push India’s capability 20 years back?
This was exactly what ex ISRO scientist S Nambi Narayanan had to endure, when he was arrested by Kerala Police on absurd charges of espionage, days before his initiative of launching rockets with cryogenic technology. Even though he was freed after a couple of months, he had to wait a staggering 20 years to be vindicated of the crime, he did not commit.
Now, 24 years after his life was turned upside down by people who didn’t want India to progress in the field of space and space technology. The ordeal of S Nambi Narayanan, as well as his bittersweet victory, will now be portrayed on screen by actor R Madhavan, in the new biopic ‘Rocketry – The Nambi Effect’. The movie is co-directed by himself and the popular filmmaker cum actor; Ananth Narayan Mahadevan.
— Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) October 29, 2018
To be released in English, Hindi and Tamil, the teaser begins with the iconic voice of PM Narendra Modi, who heartily describes the successful launch of India’s space mission to Mars, followed by the chilling voice of R Madhavan, who describes the pain of not having managed to do this 20 years ago, when his character was falsely arrested on questionable charges by Kerala police. The teaser ends with the haunting quote :-
‘Sometimes injustice to one person is a betrayal to the entire nation’
Nothing can be truer than this quote, since the false arrest of S Nambi Narayanan by Kerala police dragged India’s capability to produce cost effective, high quality satellite rocket launchers, by 20 long years. It was rightly described in a caustic tweet by Dr. Subramanian Swamy:-
I welcome the SC Orders on the Rocket Scientist Nambi Narayanan. He was a victim of the international jealousy against India’s capability to produce world’s cheapest satellite launching rocket launchers. Shame on UPA
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) September 14, 2018
Forget Kerala police, even the then Central government, as well as the officers from Intelligence Bureau had left no stone unturned, to ensure that Nambi’s ideas would never see the light of the day. It was almost on the lines of what the West Bengal government did to Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay, who was never credited for discovering the IVF technology that gave birth to India’s first test tube baby, which forced Dr. Subhash to commit suicide in 1981.
However, Nambi Narayanan had nerves of steel, which is why he never gave up, despite suffering years of mental torture he successfully won his battle for justice, when Supreme Court exonerated him of all charges in 2018. The honorable court also directed the Kerala Government to award a compensation of Rs. 50 lakhs to him. As such, a movie that seeks to give a fitting tribute to his struggles is more than welcome.
With this, R Madhavan has now officially joined the ‘maverick’ brigade of the Indian film industry, which is no more subservient to the old, done to death ideals, which were sponsored and propagated by the left liberals. They are ready to take on subjects, that were made taboo for the Indian masses. They won’t hesitate from portraying people for who they are, as they are equally capable of setting the cash registers ringing, as was evident in the case of ‘Parmanu’, which succeeded against all odds and liberal propaganda against it.
We earnestly hope that R Madhavan does complete justice to the role of S Nambi Narayanan and may this movie succeed with flying colors at the box office.