Release Date: May 25, 2018
Cast: John Abraham, Diana Penty, Boman Irani, Zachary Coffin, Aditya Hitkari, Abhiroy Singh, Mark Bennington, Arush Nand
Director: Abhishek Sharma
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Duration: 2 hours 09 minutes
It was a matter of great pride for Indians, when the country successfully tested its nuclear bomb. However, only few people are aware of the problems and hurdles that came in the way of India becoming a nuclear power. Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran delves deep into the journey that enabled India to acquire nuclear capability. The movie showcases a wide variety of challenges that the country faced, including technological, logistical, political, and diplomatic challenges. The movie also shows the ingenuity of team India, which overcame all challenges and went on to become a nuclear power with the successful testing of three nuclear bombs.
The protagonist of the movie is Capt. Ashwath Raina (John Abraham), who wants India to become a nuclear power. However, the objective is not easy to achieve since there are various technological challenges to deal with. Also, there is international pressure, which is preventing the country’s leadership from giving the green signal to the nuclear tests. However, the go ahead for the nuclear tests is given when Atal Bihari Vajpayee becomes the Prime Minister in 1998. Now, it’s up to Ashwath Raina and his team to conduct the nuclear tests in a desert of Pokhran, Rajasthan. They have to do so in complete secrecy to prevent sabotage by enemy countries and avoid getting detected by spy satellites.
It is interesting to watch how India’s nuclear team took American and Pakistani agents by surprise. There are some humorous moments as well, which lighten up the mood when the script becomes too serious and heavy. John Abraham has taken full control of the mission as well as the movie, and has done justice to both. Other actors including Diana Penty have also delivered good performances. There are some loose ends, but the thrill, suspense, and drama keeps the audience engaged all throughout the movie.
If you have interest in India’s nuclear history, you should definitely watch Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran. The movie may not be the exact story of Pokhran, but it has managed to catch the essence of the things that happened during those days.