Rocketry: The Nambi Effect

R. Madhavan Makes A Good Directorial Debut But With A Half-Baked Movie

Rocketry is a directorial debut of R. Madhavan. Also, Madhavan is the writer and co-producer of the movie. It is a biographical drama based on the life of Nambi Narayana, a former space scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization. He was arrested in the ISRO espionage case and later exonerated.


Nambi Narayanan is an eminent scientist of ISRO but was arrested on false charges of espionage. Later he was exonerated of all the charges but only after a long battle with the system and society. Nambi walks through his life and narrates everything the good and poor side of his life – his scholarship from Princeton University, declining a lucrative job offer from NASA, and sealing an unbelievable deal with the CEO of Rolls Royce. He even runs like James Bond on snow to escape from the clutches of foreign agents chasing him to get crucial parts of a rocket. He is arrested for espionage and his family suffers mental and social trauma. But he comes clean from the charges. The movie is made in Hindi, Tamil, and English



• Madhavan honestly covers every aspect of Namib’s life, especially his feats and challenges
• Madhavan’s makeup to dialogue delivery and expression makes him the real Nambi
• Simran portrays Meena Nambi with grace and absolute conviction
• Sam Mohan as Unni stands out among the supporting actors
• In the Hindi version, Shah Rukh Khan looks impressive as a news anchor


• The movie feels like an extended science class with difficult science words included in the script
• Repetitive words like ‘Nambi is a genius’ make it a propaganda movie
• It requires a sharper edit and a more sophisticated screenplay

Rocketry: The Nambi Effect First Look & Poster

Rocketry The Nambi Effect First Look & Poster

The poster features a young R. Madhavan as Nambi Narayanan with a rocket in propulsion mode. The poster is given a dark background and Madhavan’s face is highlighted with a reddish halo. The movie name and other details are provided at the bottom.


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