The name of Anant Mahadevan is included in the few strong people of the Indian entertainment world who have been working continuously for the last five decades. After working for a long time in television and cinema as an actor, Anant made his directorial debut. His first film as a director was ‘Dil Vil Pyaar Vyar’ which was released in the year 2002. All the films directed by him like ‘Mee Sindhutai Sapkal’, ‘Gaur Hari Dastan’, ‘Doctor Rakhmabai’ and ‘Bittersweet’ have been acclaimed and awarded at various national and international film festivals. Few people know about Anant Mahadevan, who has also won the National Film Award for Dialogue Writing, that he was the first director of the film ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ which is slated to release this Friday. The film’s heroes R Madhavan and Anant Mahadevan both bought the rights of this biopic but later both parted ways.
He doesn’t want to talk much about why Ananth parted ways from directing “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect”, a biopic on Indian space scientist Nambi Narayanan. But, ‘Amar Ujala’, who met Anant Mahadevan in connection with his new web series ‘Avarodha 2’, wanted to know about this matter, then he says, ‘It is a very long story. Now is not the time to say anything about him. Yes, it is necessary that whenever there is talk of this film, then a whole book can be printed on the whole story on it. Whatever happened in it happened. Right now I don’t want to talk about that.
When Anant Mahadevan says this, a look of pain appears on his face. The discussion of the film ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ first started some six years ago. When actor R Madhavan came to know about this story, he along with Ananth Mahadevan went to Kerala and met space scientist Nambi Narayanan. This was the time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met these scientists during his visit to Kerala. Then for the first time people came to know about Nambi Narayanan’s complete Ram story. Madhavan did a long research on the subject of the film. Hollywood experts from filmmaking were involved in the film and shot at Ariane, France’s original space agency.
Madhavan has been a dedicated actor of his films and series. According to him, he took over the direction of the film ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ at the last minute as he was not getting any other director to take up this responsibility then. According to Madhavan, in those days, Anant Mahadevan was so busy with his Marathi films that he was finding it difficult to find time to prepare for the film ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’. Ananth Mahadevan says, ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ is my past. I don’t want to speak about it. But yes, if anyone talks about that film earlier and tries to tell the incomplete truth, then I will tell the real truth. Anyway, I have a habit that the moment I leave, I don’t think about it again.
The film ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ is such a mega budget film made in recent times, which has been shot in more than half a dozen countries of the world. The film brings to the audience such aspects of the life of space scientist Nambi Narayanan, which shudder at the thought of. Due to his patriotism, this young space scientist, who had turned down the offer of NASA and got a job in ISRO, has to suffer a lot during the Congress rule at the center. Nambi Narayanan had laid the foundation of that technology years ago in ISRO, with the help of which astronauts are considering it possible to reach all other planets in the 21st century. But, it is shown in the film that he is imprisoned on false charges of espionage before his experiment at the behest of a superpower came to the notice of the world.