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Film: Rocketry – The Nambi Effect

Director: R Madhavan

Star cast: R Madhavan, Simran Bagga, Rajit Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan

Bollywood Bubble ratings: 3/5 stars

Rocketry: The Nambi Effect – Movie Review:

Rocketry starring R Madhavan is a story about a real-life Indian scientist and the hardships that he faced during his career in ISRO. After watching the film, apart from learning about the Nambi effect, I also noticed three things – how police are either too quick or too slow to react while the other thing is the hypocrisy of the humans and the third thing is our government.


Many are aware of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) and their outstanding work and contribution in space research. But how many know that even a space scientist can be accused of being a traitor and be allegedly involved in a spy scandal. Well, Rocketry tries to narrate the gripping story of an ISRO scientist who was arrested by the police for being wrongly accused as a spy. With his name mired in the conspiracy, he was tortured and asked to confess his crimes.

It is quite saddening to see his plight but it will equally make you upset to see how the police behave in the case. The plight of Nambi will move you as Madhavan narrates it with utmost sincerity.


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Based on the life of ISRO Scientist Nambi Narayanan who is a genius and has always proved to be patriotic. However, due to a sudden change of events, he was framed for being a spy and was arrested in 1994. Even though the police didn’t have any strong evidence against Nambi that proves him guilty, he was tortured and mentally harassed by the people. However, after a lot of struggles, he was proved to be innocent. Though he is a free man now, he is still fighting for justice, against those police officials who have falsely implicated him.

Star performances:

R Madhavan essays the role of the Indian scientist Nambi Narayanan. He is an ordinary man from the outside but is a genius from the inside. He is an unsettling urge of bringing India first in space technology and research; however, lacks the same due to fewer resources in India. Nambi is a mad scientist who will deal with several countries and work in the most unconventional situations. For Nambi, his work and nation come first, the rest all come later. Talking about Maddy playing the real-life character, yet again, he delivers a power-packed performance. His vulnerability to his innocence, Madhavan aces in all departments.

Simran Bagga who plays the role of Nambi’s wife Meena Narayanan delivers a strong performance with her limited screentime.

Shah Rukh Khan plays himself in the movie and acts as a host to narrate Nambi’s story to the world. Yes, I would love to give a special mention as he also seems like a pivotal part of the film after Madhavan. Seeing him onscreen after Zero was quite surreal. He plays a cameo but is basically seen in the entire film. He does shine in the limited screen time.

Direction/ Screenplay:

Rocketry: The Nambi Effect is written and directed by none other than R Madhavan who does a fair job with the direction; however, it is the screenplay which had many flaws. The second half of the film was loosely written and seems a little messy as it leaves you with confusion.


Overall, Rocketry: The Nambi Effect grips you in the first half but loses the plot and the essence of the film in the second half. It is an open-ended movie with no closure. It leaves you with so many questions and no answers which seems quite odd. Hence, I’m going with 3 stars because of R Madhavan’s performance and narrating the heartwrenching and untold story of Nambi.

Watch the Rocketry: The Nambi Effect trailer after the review:

Also read: R Madhavan reveals the amount Shah Rukh Khan charged for his cameo in Rocketry


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