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Rocketry: The Nambi Effect teaser — R Madhavan seeks to right the wrongs done to a talented scientist

Directed by Anant Mahadevan, the film will be released in the summer of 2019.

Shriram Iyengar

Set in the backdrop of India's successful Mars Mission, actor R Madhavan's turn as Nambi Narayanan is impactful. The actor plays the former Indian Space Research Organisation scientist who was arrested and charged with espionage in 1997.

The film, Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, is based on the story of Narayanan's fight for justice and to prove his innocence. Directed by Anant Mahadevan, the film will be released in the summer of 2019.

Launched by Madhavan's 3 Idiots (2009) co-star, Aamir Khan, the teaser captures the contrasting journey of the PSLV shuttle launch into space and the fall of Narayanan as the head of ISRO's cryogenics facility to imprisonment.

The teaser comes with the tagline 'Sometimes a man wronged, is a nation wronged' implying that the scientist's imprisonment might have pushed back India's space ventures by several decades.

The visuals of the teaser begin with the launch of India's Mars Mission and pan out to Madhavan's Narayanan witnessing it from behind the bars of a symbolic prison.

Nambi Narayanan was the head of ISRO's cryogenics department, and among the pioneers in the research of liquid fuel in space shuttles in India. It was his team which was involved in the development of the indigenous Vikas engine, used to propel the PSLV rockets in Chandrayaan (Moon Mission) and the Mangalyaan (Mars Mission) rockets.

However, the scientist was charged with espionage in 1996, and spent 50 days in prison. The Supreme Court of India in 1998 ordered the charges to be dropped as false. In October 2018, the Supreme Court bench, led by CJI Dipak Misra ordered the CBI to pay Narayanan an amount of Rs50 lakh as compensation for his mental trauma.


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