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Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran (2018)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | 25 May 2018 (USA)
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A look at India's second confidential nuclear test series at Pokhran led by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, during the time of PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's tenure.

Director:

Abhishek Sharma

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Saiwyn Quadras, Sanyukta Chawla Shaikh (as Sanyukta Shaikh Chawla) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Abraham ... Capt. Ashwat Rana
Boman Irani ... Himanshu Shukla
Diana Penty ... Capt. Ambalika
Anuja Sathe ... Sushma
Vikas Kumar Vikas Kumar ... Major Prem Singh
Yogendra Tikku Yogendra Tikku ... Dr. Naresh Sinha
Aditya Hitkari Aditya Hitkari
Ajay Shankar Ajay Shankar ... Puru Ranganathan
Darshan Pandya Darshan Pandya
Mark Bennington ... Daniel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shyam Bhagat Shyam Bhagat
Zachary Coffin ... CIA Officer Stephen
Satinder Singh Gahlot Satinder Singh Gahlot ... Suresh Yadav
Tan Raj Ghale Tan Raj Ghale
Rohan Khatri Rohan Khatri ... Sardaar Driver
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Storyline

Captain Ashwat Raina's efforts to turn India into a nuclear state are at first met with criticism and then years later, with an offer from the government. With the help of Himanshu Shukla, the Prime Minister's principal secretary, he leads a team to conduct a second nuclear test series. The only major threat lurking is the American Lacrosse satellite which caught the first test preparations, further causing America to warn India about such future tests. With their patriotic hearts and unbreakable spirits, Ashwat and his team race against time to conduct the tests confidentially while the country's worsening political scenario as well as the presence of spies from US and Pakistan puts them into both mental as well as physical challenges. Written by Prashast Singh

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Taglines:

1998, India: one secret operation, six Indians shocked the world, made India proud.

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Action | Drama | History

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

25 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Parmanu See more »

Filming Locations:

India

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Trivia

John Abraham and Diana Penty work together for the first time. See more »

Goofs

Logo of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, which is shown in the movie, was not available in 1998. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Ashwat Rana: What we thought was for the nation. What we did is for the nation. And what we got will be for the nation.
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A lot of real-life footage has been used in the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the Netflix version, the Hindi subtitles placed during the English dialogues have been removed. Also, the intermission text has been removed with no visual being cut. See more »

Connections

Features Mahabharat (1988) See more »

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Shubh Din
Lyrics by Vayu Shrivastava
Music by Sachin Sanghvi and Jigar Saraiya
Performed by Jyotica Tangri and Keerthi Sagathia
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Excellent story. But extremely poor direction.
26 July 2018 | by bishal-sarmahSee all my reviews

I had a very high expectation for this movie as it was based on one of the best success stories of India. However, the way the movie has been portrayed left me completely disappointed.

This was supposed to be a serious movie, but to the extent the commercial flavour that has been added to it completely ruins the experience. I was expecting more of Madras Cafe kind of vibe from this movie. THIS MOVIE DEMANDED THAT!

I hate when my experience during climaxes of a film is spoiled. Even if a film couldn't do well throughout but handles the climax perfectly, I tend to ignore everything else and like that movie. But in this movie, the climax happened to be the most terribly executed part of the entire movie. The tension build-up was too cold I would say.

Some long dialogue deliveries really felt like he/she is DELIVERING A DIALOGUE. Good camera work could have hidden it.

I found necessity of no songs in this movie. But they did it, because commercialism had to be done!

Ashwat Raina's (i.e. John Abraham) family who has been emphasized so much at the first quarter of the film has been completely ignored towards the end. Just a phone call wasn't enough.

The background score in some parts were terrible, giving me the feel of daily soaps. I expected that when I saw it was a production of Zee Studios.

All-in-all the the style adopted for this movie was completely unsuited.

I understand we are having our nationalism sentiments associated with this event and hence we are feeling good about this movie. But the way this movie was made, I couldn't resist myself from disliking it. Pokhran was one of the best stories India could have made movie on, but definitely not like Parmanu.

I wasn't able to recollect any of those proud feelings that I felt when I first read about this India's proudful Pokhran Test success story, by watching this film.

Just two things I liked about this movie I want to mention: 1. The round trolley shot of Abraham at the beginning where he explains about India's need to become a nuclear state,and 2. Boman Irani (he did his best, but still poorly directed)


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