It is the time for true heroes to come forward on screen. After mathematician Anand Kumar, it’s rocket scientist Nambi Narayanan who gave his life to space research to be showcased in a film. Tamil and Hindi actor R Madhavan is not only playing the legendary Nambi Naryanan in Rocketry – The Nambi Effect, he’s also directing the bio-pic and that too in multiple languages.
Speaking from California, R Madhavan sounded as exhausted as he sounded exhilarated. “I’ve given three years of my life to put together this great man’s story. We’ve travelled to several continents and through several eras to preserve the authenticity of the storytelling. I’ve had the privilege of working with some really big names from international cinema who were only too glad to be part of a story that had to be told.”
Shooting the story through various decades was not easy. “We couldn’t just follow the fashion trends of the specific eras. Scientists are not known to be fashion conscious. They live in their own world. We had to make them look credible and at the same time not too representative of the era. It wasn’t easy. But, we’ve finally completed the shooting. And we’ll soon be into post-production.”
Maddy, as he is known across the Tamil film industry and Bollywood, feels the time to tell Nambi Narayanan’s story is now. “There is a hunger in the audience to know about the true heroes of our country. Nambi Narayanan was a much misunderstood genius who dedicated his life to the country. I am proud to have got the chance to tell his story.”
Madhavan is also happy to be associated with a new Hindi project which is produced by T-Series. “It’s a film called Dahi Cheeni. I heard the story here in the US and said yes. The film will introduce Gulshan Kumarji’s daughter Khushali Kumar . It’s a very interesting subject. I am looking forward to starting the film.”
Madhavan was one of the first actors to cross over effortlessly from television to cinema and from Tamil to Hindi cinema. “And now I’m glad to see actors rejecting all boundaries and divisions of the visual medium. Every medium of visual expression gets equal prominence now. I saw that coming long ago.”