Certificate: U/A

Directed By: Abhishek Sharma

Starring: John Abraham, Diana Penty, Boman Irani and Anuja Sathe

Story: Sanyukta Shaikh Chawla, Saiwyn Quadras and Abhishek Sharma

Zee Studios, Kyta Productions and JA Entertainment’s PARMANU: The Story of Pokhran is based on true events; the film is effective as well as entertaining. The film is based on the biggest secret mission ever undertaken by Indian Government where nuclear bombs were tested in the Pokhran range, Rajasthan in 1998. The story recounts the events of that crucial episode in our contemporary Indian history but many characters playing in the film are frictional including John Abraham’s character. The film starts with a young bureaucrat Ashwath Raina (John Abraham) who in 1995 proposes to makes India a nuclear state but he is mucked in the execution by a minister anxious for personal glory and Ashwath is bitter about this as he is suspended from his job because of a politician’s mistake. Now after 3 years the political scenario has changed and Himanshu Shukla (Boman Irani) the new Principal Secretary to then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee gives Ashwath a second chance as Shukla comes to know that in 1995 it was not his mistake. Ashwath resists first but accepts the challenge and becomes the head of a five member ultra covert team which is made by him to conduct nuclear bombs test which has many hurdles as the American satellites are constantly keeping a watch on Pokhran where the nuclear bombs are to be tested, how will they overcome these hurdles and make India a nuclear state is what the film is all about. The film is dedicated to all the soldiers, scientists and engineers of India who were involved in this secret mission.

Technically the film is nice, certain scenes are very well shot and editing is crisp, as it keeps the 130 minute film engaging and thrilling throughout, music is good as it goes with the flow of the film. The writers have done a good job in merging their fictional character with true events.

Performances by everyone is good, John Abraham portrays his character of Ashwath Raina who is ready to make all the sacrifices it needs to make India a nuclear state sincerely and honestly, he is out of his comfort zone in this movie and he plays the role brilliantly. On the other hand Diana Penty also portrays her role with conviction but has very less dialogues to say, Boman Irani is good as always in his character of Himanshu Shukla and the others have played their part nicely.

Director Abhishek Sharma’s National drama pours in pride among the audiences; the director has very well used the old videos footages of then India’s PM stances and the international response of then USA President Bill Clinton, Pakistan PM Nawaz Shariff and his predecessor Benazir Bhutto to the test. The director keeps the audiences engaged into his movie for most of the time and the climax is just wonderfully shown.

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