R Madhavan will be solely taking over the directorial reins of his ambitious movie ‘Rocketry- The Nambi Effect’ after Ananth Mahadevan, who was co-directing the movie, quit the project.
The actor, who is also the protagonist of the movie, called Mahadevan an ‘extremely talented filmmaker’ to announce that he couldn’t fulfil his responsibilities with the film owing to ‘unavoidable circumstances’ and ‘certain pressing commitments.’
In a statement, he said, “Ananth Mahadevan is an extremely talented filmmaker. However, owing to unavoidable circumstances and certain pressing commitments he could no longer direct 'Rocketry - The Nambi Effect’.”
Madhavan added that the movie is close to his heart and that it is shaping up well. The ‘3 Idiots’ star shared that he is excited to showcase the movie to the audiences.
"Rocketry is close to my heart for many reasons. The film is shaping up well and I can't wait to tell the incredible story of Nambi Narayanan to the world," he added.
On Twitter, Madhavan wrote that he is 'Nervous as NEVER before' and asked his fans and followers to wish him well.
‘Rocketry - The Nambi Effect’ is based on the life of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist and aerospace engineer Nambi Narayanan, played by Madhavan.
Narayanan is known to have introduced liquid rocket fuel technology to India in the ‘70s and two decades later, as head of ISRO’s cryogenics division, was working on cryogenic-based fuels. However, he was arrested on charges of espionage in 1994 for selling confidential information about space missions to a Maldivian woman who passed it to Pakistan.
Narayanan had spent 50 days in jaill, however, later, the charges on him were struck down by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Supreme Court in 1996 and 1999 respectively.
As shown in the teaser of the movie, the plot revolves around how India’s Mission to Mars could’ve been achieved in ‘90s and not in 2014 if not for his arrest.
The movie will reportedly be releasing in mid-2019 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
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