Rocketry The Nambi Effect Review: Needs Patience to Watch!

Rocketry the nambi effect review
Rocketry the nambi effect review

Rocketry The Nambi Effect Review Rating : 2.75/5

R. Madhavan took more than 5 years to write, produce and direct the movie, Rocketry: The Nambi Effect. He gave more than what anyone can expect and ask to this story and his passion in bringing this story to life is visible in his interviews. So, what made him come up with this story on screen? How he did as a director? Let’s discuss about the film.


Nambi Narayanan (Madhavan) gets arrested one day on the accusation of him being a spy. Kerala Police and Intelligence treat him harshly and the media stories about his possible relations with Pakistan and selling off cryogenic engine designs to them, bring him the name as a traitor. His family gets humiliated and his life goes upside down. 20 years post his arrest, Indian Mission to Mars, Mangalayan becomes successful in first attempt and his research gets credit for developing liquid fuel propulsion engine while Bharat Ratna, Ex- President APJ Abdul Kalam worked effectively and efficiently in solid fuel propulsion engine. He is asked to come for an interview by a TV Channel and Suriya (himself) starts to talk about his life story. Why did he get arrested? What research helped him to get such huge honors and also what happened to his life due to that allegations? Were they false? How did he prove them false? Watch the movie to know more..

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Oliver Stone came up with JFK, Snowden kind of films in Hollywood with real life espionage theme movies. In Indian cinema, such attempts have been increasing now. Nambi Narayanan is one of the most famous Indian scientists and he has gained popularity post Mangalyaan success. Scientific community talked about his contribution only post the success and he had to talk about his arrest more than his scientific achievements. Trying balance both the aspects, Madhavan makes a film that is neither a complete biopic nor an espionage thriller. Had it been more about the case, who framed him and what are the reasons would have been the concentrating points. Had it been about his life, then it would have been how his research helped Magalyaan. A clear focus on which elements helped and what kind of life he had to lead post such remarks like in Chak De India would have made for more intriguing screenplay.

This approach where the director makes it half about Nambi’s achievements and half about the case, makes the movie as two different films clubbed into one. The idea behind what he wants to achieve is noble but as the film lacks more focussed story telling, it drags on and on without giving much details about case. Madhavan gave more details about liquid propulsion engines in first half than he did in the second half about the case. Performance of Madhavan and actors cast in the film are good. Writing needed to be more specific and strong for this movie to make even larger impact.


  • Performances
  • BGM
  • Interesting Plot idea


  • Melo-dramatic presentation
  • Lack of clarity in historic events
  • Drag in Screenplay

Rocketry The Nambi Effect Movie Review Rating: 2.75/5

Bottom-line: Needs Patience to Watch!

Cast: R. Madhavan, Sam Mohan, Dinesh Prabhakar, Bijou Thaangjam, Rajit Kapur, Misha Ghoshal, Rajeev Ravindranathan, Gulshan Grover, Simran, Karthik Kumar, Vincent Riotta, Phyllis Logan

Edited by Bijith Bala
Cinematography by Sirsha Ray
Music by Sam CS
Director: R. Madhavan
Producers: Sarita Madhavan, R. Madhavan, Varghese Moolan, Vijay Moolan

Watch Rocketry | Hindi Trailer 2 | R. Madhavan | Simran Bagga | July 01, 2022