Genre: Action, Drama, Social
Release Date: 01st July, 2022
Cast: R Madhavan, Simran Bagga, Rajit Kapoor
Writer/Director: R Madhavan
Star cast: R Madhavan, Simran, Rajit Kapur, Misha Ghoshal, Rajit Kapur & ensemble with Shah Rukh Khan (in a cameo).
Director: R Madhavan.
Producers: Sarita Madhavan, R Madhavan, Varghese Moolan & Vijay Moolan
Rocketry: The Nambi Effect Box Office Review: Expectations
It’s been over a year, the trailer has been unveiled. When released back in April 2021, the film did gain some mileage and had become a topic of discussion. However, for some reason, a huge gap was put between its trailer and movie release. It could be some post-production work, the film couldn’t arrive in time and to be honest, it did fail in capitalising on the buzz created by the trailer.
It’s an important film which isn’t backed by any star power and chartbuster songs. So, one thing has always been clear, whenever it would have arrived, it was bound to take a slow start at the box office and then grow depending on the audience’s feedback.
Rocketry: The Nambi Effect Office Review: Impact
The film, which is also a directorial debut of R Madhavan, has finally arrived in theatres. As expected, it is off to a very slow start. If I talk about my experience of the morning show (9:35 am), there were just 6 people including me in audi. The situation is looking the same, some little better or worse, across all the regions. And it’s really a sad thing to see considering it’s a big and important film.
This isn’t the first time we have seen a good, well-made film seeing a tragic start at the box office. No, we won’t blame the audience this time as it’s all the fault of the makers. Considering how good its buzz was last year when its trailer had released, the makers didn’t take efforts in promoting the film and making the audience aware of its release. To try it out, ask your friends about Rocketry’s release, and you will get to know that they hardly know about its arrival date. Sadly, some might even didn’t know that a film with such a name exists. In such a case, even Shah Rukh Khan‘s cameo won’t help!
The good thing is, the film is well made and has a backing of strong content. Yes, it’s surely not everyone’s cup of tea as it’s not a biopic meant for pleasing every segment of the audience. The early reactions to the film are already in and it’s highly positive. But there’s doubt up to what extent it will affect attracting maximum footfalls. It has its audience in A centres (urban), where it is already facing competition from last week’s JugJugg Jeeyo.
Rocketry: The Nambi Effect Box Office Review: Final Verdict
The lack of promotions and improper timing of release are the major hurdles which are going to affect Rocketry: The Nambi Effect in its theatrical run. Due to positive word-of-mouth, footfalls will surely increase but sadly, it won’t make any big difference. It might wrap up its run between 5-10 crores.
Rocketry: The Nambi Effect Movie Review Rating:
Star Cast: R. Madhavan, Simran, Rajit Kapur, and ensemble.
Director: R. Madhavan.
What’s Good: R Madhavan is a one-man army and a force to reckon. He possibly does everything in this movie and I have a newfound respect for the star considering this is the first time. Brilliance is the word.
What’s Bad: There are little flaws, but nothing that should stop you from investing in this movie.
Loo Break: definitely not. You need to respect an actor’s dedication to bring you this story. Yes, I am talking like a school principal, but if that makes you sit, then be it.
Watch or Not?: It is how biopics should be told. Let the drama of their existence take the centre stage and you as a creator don’t add any fuss to it. Watch it.
Language: Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam & Kannada.
Available On: In Theatres Near You!
Runtime: 157.20 Minutes.
Almost all of us know the veteran Rocket Scientist Nambi Narayanan for his contribution to Mission Mangal (2013) and before that the controversy that was attached to him. None of us ever bothered to see the human inside him and Madhavan’s product does just that.
Rocketry: The Nambi Effect Movie Review: Script Analysis
The fact that R. Madhavan is headlining this movie like no one’s business by writing the screenplay, dialogue, directing, and acting in it, is to be celebrated and appreciated. The herculean task in this one is not just writing a story and translating it on the big screen, it is to justify a life that still exists and give him the homage that the country failed to for years and only gave him a lot of injustice.
So what does Rocketry: The Nambi Effect exactly do? Does it take the Shakuntala Devi route or are we going the Theory Of Everything way? None, we are going the Maddy way. The actor has marinated himself so much in this source material that he almost writes a love letter to Narayanan. But he makes sure it isn’t a flowery or whitewashing move. For a first-timer, Maddy ends up leaving rough edges and ones that are important.
Nambi Narayanan led a life that was meant to be a story. Of course, there must be changes and amends to the chronology of things, but even the standalone episodes of his career and personal journey are so interesting and they deserved to be told. So the task at the hands of makers is to tell this story in a way that it doesn’t end up looking like another biopic taking the same route.
Madhavan begins this story from the worst day of his life, when he was arrested on false grounds. The story in the movie travels almost through decades starting from the year 1969 to 2020 when he was finally served proper justice. Between this, there is science, friendships, family, trauma, life, and its difficulties. Madhavan makes sure you feel it all.
What works for me is that he doesn’t over-simplify the world of scientists. For the ones who have never touched a physics textbook, the jargon and the scientific term will make you feel alien and you deserve it (not in a bad way). It only adds up to the experience and makes you realise how genius minds these are. There’s APJ Abdul Kalam, Vikram Sarabhai, and Niel Armstrong after his moon expedition, and they just enter the screenplay without any special introduction. You are supposed to know them because you have kind of studied about them.
This very much reminds me of the iconic scene from Nandita Das’s Manto where on a table all the prestigious literary artists sat and discussed the revolution. Remember the verbal war between Manto and Ismat Chughtai? They are humans and they had friends and life where a special introduction didn’t show up on their heads. I love when filmmakers think of their audience as literate people who know things.
There’s a whole lot of history that plays up on the screen. Madhavan makes sure not everything only worships his subject but also shows his flaws, his stone-hearted nature at times, and his cunning greedy attitude. But the indulgence also affects the screen time which seems a bit stretched at some points.
Rocketry: The Nambi Effect Movie Review: Star Performance
R. Madhavan has gone beyond his limit to shape Rocketry and there is no way he could have let anything go wrong from at least his end. The actor has to age back and forth and he manages to make us believe and invest through all of it. Even with the heavy prosthetics in a part, you can see him put those efforts. It’s one hell of a Maddy show and he deserves to be seen.
Simran plays Nambi Narayanan’s wife Meena. The actor is all forms of amazing for the lack of a word. In the most traumatic of the situations where Nambi is still composed, she makes you feel the height of pain the family has gone through. What starts like a stereotypical character gets so nuanced after a point. Another nod to the good writing.
Rest everyone does their jobs earnestly and creates a world that is lived in and authentic. There are a lot of good actors involved for parts that are almost special appearances but crucial. You will know. Rajit Kapur is beyond reviews for such parts now.