PARMANU: The Story of Pokhran – Almost scores a Home Run
Ever since John Abraham started producing films under his JA Entertainment banner, his script selection has turned to the positive side. He has been churning out issue based films and something taken from real life events. His recent offering, Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran falls under the same category. The film was embroiled in a tiff between John Abraham and part producers KriArj Entertainment which caused a slight delay in it’s release. Has it lived up to the expectations?
It is a story built upon the Pokhran tests which were carried out between 1995 and 1998. It is a story which has a team of army personnel and scientists, formed together to help build India’s mission to become a full-fledged nuclear power. John Abraham plays Ashwat, who is happily married to Sushma (Anuja Sathe). He is an IAS officer, working on a mission to make India a nuclear power. His plan of preparing a nuclear program goes haywire, thanks to some not-so-serious officials in his team. He is forced to change his profession as well as the city for a living.
With the entry of Himanshu Shukla (Boman Irani) as the Principle Secretary to the Prime Minister, Ashwat’s life takes a turn for the good. He forms a team of capable professionals which comprises Diana Penty playing Ambalika Bandopadhyay. It’s their duty to execute the entire nuclear program in a short span of time. It isn’t as easy as it sounds, as the team needs to execute their plans under strict timelines, safeguarding themselves from the eyes of USA’s surveillance satellite and some foreign spies. Will they succeed in their attempt? This forms the crux of the story.
Performance wise, John Abraham does a commendable job. He has been showing vast improvement and with this one, he takes it a notch higher. Diana Penty is decent and fits the bill. Boman Irani gets to play a remarkable role after a long time. Other actors namely Vikas Kumar, Aditya Hitkari, Yogendra Tiku, Ajay Shankar and Darshan Pandya ably support the leads.
Director Abhishek Sharma, who gave us films like Tere bin Laden and The Shaukeens, has done a tidy job. Though the film is based on real life events, there are a few cinematic liberties taken in the film. Abhishek Sharma has wonderfully recreated the real episodes with a tinge of drama. The film does have its low moments but the 129-minute run-time makes it a good watch.
Music is okay to the ears which is given by Sachin-Jigar and Jeet Ganguly. Cinematography by Zubin Mistry deserves a special mention. CGI work is top notch, especially the scenes showing the outer space. You would also find clippings of real-life political leaders during the 1998 period. Parmanu is a film which needs to be seen to understand the Pokhran nuclear .program and learn new things about surveillance satellites. Johan Abraham scores brownie points for making a film based on nuclear power. You can go for it to imbibe some new understandings about nuclear explosions and secret missions