Rocketry, The Nambi Effect: Release Date, Trailer, Cast

Rocketry: The Nambi Effect is an upcoming biography of a former scientist and aerospace engineer, Nambi Narayanan, accused of espionage. The movie is scripted, produced, and directed by the lead actor Madhavan himself. The film will be released in six different languages: Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam.

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Rocketry: The Nambi Effect Trailer

A theatrical trailer was released online in six languages on April 1, 2021, and gained a massive response from all the film industries in India. The trailer begins with a shot where the actor Suriya/ Shah Rukh Khan interviews Mr. Nambi Narayanan. In the interview, Mr. Nambi Narayanan decides to talk about what happened in his life just so that it happens to nobody else in the future. The rest of the trailer showed a glimpse of work done by the scientist in developing the Indian rocketry and the struggles faced by him in doing so.

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Rocketry: The Nambi Effect Release date

The film started its pre-production work in 2017. Though the trailer has shown that the expected release is in 2021, the exact date is not out yet. It is expected to be released by the end of the year.

Rocketry: The Nambi Effect Cast

  • Madhavan as Nambi Narayanan
  • Simran as Meena Narayanan, Narayanan's wife
  • Rajit Kapur as Vikram Sarabhai (Hindi and English versions), an Indian physicist and astronomer
  • Ravi Raghavendra as Vikram Sarabhai (Tamil and Telugu versions)
  • Mohan Raman as Udupi Ramachandra Rao, chairman of ISRO
  • Suriya as himself (guest appearance; Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu version)
  • Shah Rukh Khan as himself (guest appearance; Hindi, Kannada, and English versions)


Starring Madhavan in the lead role, the story mainly focuses on the life of Narayanan from the days of his graduation at Princeton University to the age of 70. Narayanan met Vikram Sarabhai, the then chairman of ISRO, for the first time at Thumba equatorial rocket launching station at Thiruvananthapuram while working as a payload specialist. As the chairman of Space Science and Technology Centre (SSTC), Vikram Sarabhai, only recruited highly qualified professionals. After learning that Narayan is pursuing an degree in Thiruvananthapuram, Sarabhai offered him to leave for higher education only if he got into prestigious universities. As a result, Narayanan secured a NASA fellowship for ten months and was accepted by Princeton University. There he completes his master's program in chemical rocket propulsion in a record time. Later, he turns down an excellent opportunity to work with the US and returns to work in India.

During those days, Indian rocketry was entirely dependent on solid-propellant motors. Narayanan anticipates the need for a liquid propellant system for the future space programs of India. After receiving a nod from the Indian government, Narayan introduced liquid fuel rocket technology in the early 1970s. With constant efforts, Narayanan's team was also able to present an engine used by several ISRO rockets, including the PSLV and the GSLV.

Later in the 1990s, he was accused of leaking confidential information of Indian defense to foreign officials in exchange for money. Though there wasn't any proper evidence to prove the accusation, he was arrested and thrown in jail, where he was subjected to torture by the Intelligence Bureau officials. On the contrary, ISRO has done nothing to support him, stating that it wouldn't be involved in the state's legal matters. So much for his patriotism, right?

The rest of the film pivots around how he proves his innocence in the crime he didn't commit and fights for his freedom.The movie portrays the difficulties faced by aspiring young scientists due to India's corruption and dirty politics. 

Not just in the past, but even in the present, most young graduates prefer working abroad. Despite the expenses or the inconvenience involved in studying there, they feel that their odds to survive and excel in their respective fields are far better in a foreign country than in India. The life story of the scientist Nambi Narayanan is an inspiration and evokes an urge of patriotism in every Indian indeed. I hope the movie will be a huge success, just like the trailer, and it will create a spark of passion in everyone.

This article is contributed by Haripriya Gudimella.

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