Rocketry: It is a 2022 Indian biographical film written, produced, and directed by R. Madhavan in his directorial debut. The film is built on the life of Nambi Narayanan, played by Madhavan, a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization, who was charged in the ISRO espionage case and later acquitted. The story spans Narayanan’s days as a graduate student at Princeton University before exploring his work as a scientist and trumping espionage charges.

Following the official announcement in October 2018, principal photography took place in several countries, including India, Russia, and France. Cinematography and editing were handled by Sirsha Ray and Bijith Bala, respectively. At the same time, the original score was composed by Sam C. S. Rocketry and was recorded simultaneously in Tamil, Hindi, and English.

Rocketry premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival on 19 May and opened theatrically in India on 1 July 2022. The film opened to mostly positive analyses from critics, who praised Madhavan’s performance. And Simran, the script and the creator’s noble intention to make the film Made for ₹60 crores, Rocketry has grossed ₹50 crores worldwide.

On this day, in a televised interview with actor Shah Rukh Khan (Hindi)/Suriya (Tamil), Nambi looks back on the events that led to his emergence as a prominent engineer to the alleged charges of espionage, physical and mental cruelty against him.

Nambi begins with his experiences at the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launch Station, where he rescues A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, one of his team members, from a serious injury during an experiment. In 1969 he was admitted to Princeton University in the United States.

Rocketry: The Nambi Effect

Directed by:        R. Madhavan

Written by:         R. Madhavan

Produced by: Sarita Madhavan, R. Madhavan, Varghese Moolan, Vijay Moolan

Starring : R. Madhavan, Simran

Cinematography: Sirsha Ray

Edited by:            Bijith Bala

Music by:            Sam C. S.

Production companies: Tricolour Films, Varghese Moolan Pictures, 27th Entertainment

Distributed by: UFO Moviez, Red Giant Movies, Yash Raj Films, Phars Film Co

Release dates: 19 May 2022 (Cannes), 1 July 2022 (India)

Running time: 157 minutes

Countries: India, United States

Languages: Tamil, Hindi, English

Budget: ₹25 crore

Box office: est. ₹50 crore



Principal photography began on 4 January 2019 in Mumbai and was shot in multiple languages, with scenes shot simultaneously in Hindi, Tamil and English. A few days after the start of shooting, Mahadevan left the project due to previous commitments and Madhavan took over as the sole director of the project. Film director and writer Prajesh Sen, who had previously written Ormakalude Bhramanapadham and worked on a documentary titled Nambi The Scientist, joined the project as a co-director. Sukhmani Sadana worked on the film as an additional scriptwriter and dialogue writer.

Scenes featuring Madhavan as the elderly Narayanan were filmed first, with the actor taking up to 14 hours to don the look after extensive makeup. During the first show in India, Simran joined the cast of the film to play the lead character’s wife, while actors Shah Rukh Khan and Suriya have agreed to make cameo appearances in the Hindi, English and Tamil versions respectively as them. themselves. Both actors did not collect fees for their participation in the film.


In September 2021, following the announcement of the reopening of theaters in Maharashtra following covid-related lockdowns, Madhavan first announced that the film would be released in theaters on 1 April 2022 in all six languages (Hindi, Tamil , English, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada ). However, the release date was pushed back. Finally, the film was released worldwide on July 1, 2022.

The film was distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films and Phars Film Co, with UFO Moviez additionally acquiring North Indian distribution rights for the film. The Tamil version of the film was distributed by Udhayanidhi Stalin’s Red Giant Movies in Tamil Nadu, with AGS Cinemas joining as the official multiplex partner.

Box office

On the first day of its release, the film grossed over Rs 65 lakhs at the domestic box office. On the second day of its release, the film grossed 2 crores. After three days of its theatrical release, the film grossed around £8 billion. The film grossed over 15 million kroner (US$1.9 million). After four weeks of its release, the film has grossed Rs 50 crores worldwide.

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