Parmanu – The Story Of Pokhran Movie Review Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars)
Star Cast: John Abraham, Boman Irani, Diana Penty, Anuja Sathe, Yogendra Tiku.
Director: Abhishek Sharma.
What’s Good: It avoids the path of being jingoistic and serves a real event adding a touch of cinematic experience. John Abraham lives this role to the fullest, offers enough nail-biting sequences which are expected from a movie of this genre.
What’s Bad: Bads in the movie are not outrightly bad, there are few flaws which can be ignored given the message this story has to narrate.
Loo Break: None! There are very important scenes throughout the film and you don’t want to break the link while hearing such an interesting story.
Watch or Not?: Definitely! It’ll surpass your expectations, keep it however high you want.
The movie starts with a nonsensical discussion happening in the Prime Minister’s Office regarding how China has tested 43 of its nuclear bombs. Ashwat Rana (John Abraham), a junior bureaucrat, comes up with a full proof plan in a floppy (Yes, it was 90’s) but gets unheard by the ministers. He’s asked to make a brief report and without his involvement, the plan is conducted and it fails miserably. He’s used as a scapegoat and gets terminated for this failure.
A broken Ashwat, continues his life as a Civil Service tuition teacher until Himanshu Shukla, principle secretary to the Prime Minister, asks to resume his plan that failed years ago. This mission becomes a way for Ashwat to prove his love for the country. He builds up his dream team to test multiple nuclear bombs in Pokhran, Rajasthan. But to do this without getting in the eyes of American satellites is what the rest of story revolves around.
Parmanu – The Story Of Pokhran Review: Script Analysis
The Neerja duo of Saiwyn Quadras and Sanyuktha Chawla Sheikh is back as they pen a balanced script for this one too. With the proper amount of patriotism, emotions, humour and thrill, the script of this film is a winner. To be honest the movie starts with mockery and a dramatic speech and I was turned off in the first ten minutes, but it flies since then achieving nothing but respect.
There are sequences which needed scissoring and pace could’ve been even more tight. The entire Mussoorie sequence builds John’s relationship with his wife but that could’ve been shorter. Also, Abhishek take cinematic liberties at places but that’s totally fine as the movie keeps you entertained throughout. The movie, more than being a national mission, is about the efforts of a team who refused to give up.
Parmanu – The Story Of Pokhran Review: Star Performance
John Abraham is perfect! He’s subtle when it’s required and charming when the proceedings get too intense. The efforts were visible and he delivers a memorable performance. He maintains his balance to not cross the line between patriotism and jingoism.
Boman Irani is decent! He takes the cake in some scenes, but overall has a limited presence. Yes, even in such short screen-time, he makes you laugh and love him. Diana Penty is good, too, and has a seeti-maar scene in the climax. She looks beautiful as always!
The rest of the team plays a very important part and each character does their part well. Yogendra Tiku shines and brings in the comic relief. Anuja Sathe’s character is half baked and of very less importance. She’s just about okay and should’ve gotten a meatier presence.
Parmanu – The Story Of Pokhran Review: Direction, Music
Abhishek Sharma has managed to pull off a shocker with Parmanu – The Story Of Pokhran. He succeeds in making you bite your nails till the end. The entire ‘blind spot’ timing sequences of satellites have been executed so well. As the story builds up, one just tends to think how much this tale had to offer. It also makes you wonder how the story would’ve unfolded in real life.
There are too many songs in the film, some are used well, some are just for the sake of it. Jeet Gannguli and Sachin-Jigar go all out with the songs and partially succeed. Singer Divya Kumar has an important contribution towards passion the script builds. It’s good to see veteran Sandeep Chowta composing the background score for such an important film. The BGM has the required tingle which such story demands.
Parmanu – The Story Of Pokhran Review: The Last Word
All said and done, some movies serve more than just entertainment and Parmanu provides an experience that will linger in your soul for a long time post you leave the cinema hall. Don’t watch this for anyone, watch it for your country.