R. Madhavan's Rocketry: The Nambi Effect Soars High With Its Effective Portrayal!

R. Madhavan's Rocketry: The Nambi Effect Soars High With Its Effective Portrayal!

Starring: R. Madhavan, Simran, Rajit Kapur, Sam Mohan and Misha Ghoshal

Directed by: R. Madhavan

Genre: Drama/Action

Duration: 157 minutes 

An Indian aerospace engineer who dedicated his life to science and advancement was falsely convicted. Rocketry: The Nambi Effect is based on the life of Nambi Narayanan and his life journey. 

What works for the film?:


Full marks to the power-packed performances of Rocketry: The Nambi Effect. R. Madhavan is too good in his part. Viewers will be transfixed by R. Madhavan in every scene that he is a part of. He is so effortless in commanding his character. His proficiency to transport you to a scene even with no dialogue is incredible. R. Madhavan is absolutely relentless and effective in performing his role.

Simran explores the eloquent power of her own vulnerable character in the second half of the film. She is majestic in this movie. Her performance is impossible to ignore, she completely dominates her role. Rajit Kapur is persuasive in his part, his role accounts for some of the most fast paced sequences. His capability to completely inhabit his character is commendable. He brings in a few captivating bits too. He carried out his part well.


Sam Mohan turns even still moments of consideration and shocking moments of anguish into something meaningful. He was a surprise performer in this one. He managed to shine over the slow pacing. A truly open-hearted performance. Misha Ghoshal is capable of materializing her emotions as a weapon. She is crafty and communicates the drama of the story so well.


R. Madhavan uses the opening scene to set the tone for the film. A drop in a roller coaster or a jump scare waiting to happen is carried throughout the movie. This is a director-driven project, the intent is visible. He puts his point across without holding back. R. Madhavan grips the audience's expectations right from the start, he makes a good use of visuals and is effective whenever he wants to hold the intrigue.

What doesn't work for the film?:

Writing and lingo

The plot devices are based on real life incidents hence they do the part of conveying the intended message.Even when the plot devices weren't ingenious and have been more or less depicted before, it still holds a value for its storytelling. However the concern lies in adapting to the technical terms which are thrown loosely without any explanation. Sometimes it becomes a tad bit tough to follow these terms.  Nonetheless, dialogues are good, and won't be deemed forgettable. Only if the writing had made the technical know-how in a bit more layman's language, it would have held the intrigue steady. 

Slow pacing

A minor concern with the pacing, The slow pacing drags the movie for too long in some sequences. There is a particular rhythm to every story. Some tales are best told in quick successions while some are a slow burn. It depends on the type of story, and accordingly both serve importance. Rocketry: the nambi effect took time jumps and yet introduced long sequences which hindered the rhythm of the movie in some parts.  The flow of events takes longer than it should have.

Final verdict?

A Must-watch! The effort is not lost on us. It has minor setbacks, but it doesn't fail to impress the audience with its hard-hitting questions and emotive portrayal. Watch this movie for the sheer commitment of the R. Madhavan to the part, and S. Nambi Narayanan's to the country.