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Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran (2018)

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

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Action | Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

The exact model of Car/Jeep shown in movie used by team Tata Sumo, was not available back then in 1998. That time Tata Sumo was not available in metallic red colour and decal ( graphic stickers ), rather only available in plain white colour. See more »

Goofs

John Abraham is wearing Bata Power shoes which were not available back then 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

The film was certified U (universal) by the Central Board of Film Certification, with some alterations which are as follows:
  • A fiction disclaimer and voice over was added in Hindi, along with the sentence: "The actual footages shown in the film are merely intended to give desired effect to the narrative of the film." Deletion accounted to 1.22 minutes and replacement, 0.05 minutes.
  • The dialogue "China ke padosi...chupi saadhi hui hai." was deleted. Deletion accounted to 0.03 minutes.
  • The scenes of corporal punishment in school were deleted and some portions were replaced with visuals of men. Deletion accounted to 0.21 minutes and replacement, 0.13 minutes.
  • The word "Padma award" was replaced with "Sarva award" wherever it occurred.
Total deletions: 01.46 minutes Total replacement: 0.18 minutes Applied running time: 131.00 minutes Approved final running time after deletions and replacements: 129.32 minutes. See more »

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Features Yaraana (1995) See more »

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Kasumbi
Lyrics by Vayu Shrivastava
Music by Sachin Sanghvi and Jigar Saraiya
Performed by Divya Kumar
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Parmanu - The explosion of patriotism!
26 May 2018 | by SwapnilagarwalSee all my reviews

It always feels great when something apart from a India-Pak match unites, we the people of India, where we clap together on a national achievement, for national hero(es). Well, this time it was a recreation of a moment of national pride that incited this act. Abhishek Sharma's 'Parmanu- the story of Pokharan' (PTSP) is a true ode to the visionaries who envisioned and executed the intricate yet successful nuclear tests of 1998 which catapulted India to a full-fledged nuclear state.

1. *The plot* - Going by the theme, it could have easily been a documentary. However, considering sensitivity of information and facts, it would not have been legal to detail out everything with 100% authenticity. There goes kudos to the writers who spunned the well needed soul of the programme in a fictional story and characters. This saved the film from becoming dull/ documentaristic! However, regular showcasing of actual clippings from DD and government archives ensured realism. Watching Vajpayee ji's real inspiring speeches on & off was definitely heart-warming! :) 2. *Cast* - A special mention of John Abraham who risked money to make a movie on this otherwise on-paper dry topic. Apart from being a courageous producer of this film, he carried it well on his shoulders as main lead. He was ably supported by talented actors like Boman Irani, Vikas Kumar and Yogendra Tiku. Diana Penty and Anuja Sathe did justice to their limited characters. Overall, all characters looked authentic in their body language and were aplty cast. 3. The on screen authenticity of events and characters can be attributed to *immaculate screenplay and flawless cinematography*. 4. Thankfully, no song disrupts the seriousness or tone of the film. *Background score* is good. 5. The film is *flawed* only to the extent of some over-styling of lead actors and low story pace initially. However, Movie picks up pace gradually and gets into full on acceleration esp. in 2nd half. One more miss out was APJ's character. Perhaps, absence of exact mappings was intentional.

All in all, PTSP does manage give a glimpse of unmatchable hard work and challenges that went away in enacting this historical achievement. In an era where India was a vulnerable state diplomatically bullied and regularly monitored (read: threatened) by Uncle Sam, this achievement was much much bigger than current era's surgical strike. Each Indian deserves to know, see and feel proud to watch this story unfold. _It was disappointing to find hardly 30% occupancy at multiplex._

For me, it is definitely a *9/10* flick. Please go *watch in theatres* to help more people put money on similar stories.

Note: Do watch ending credentials as they showcase real pictures of/ before/ after explosion along with fact bits.


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