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Mumbai: Actor R Madhavan on Monday shared a picture on social media from his recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also present at the meeting was S. Narayan Nambi, scientist and aerospace engineer at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on whose life Madhavan’s debut directorial feature, “Rocketary: The Nambi Effect”, is based.

The picture shows them seated in a boardroom, observing social distancing.

“A few weeks ago, @NambiNOfficial and I had the honour of calling on PM @narendramodi. We spoke on the upcoming film #Rocketrythefilm and were touched and honored by PM’s reaction to the clips and concern for Nambi ji & the wrong done to him. Thank you for the privilege sir,” Madhavan wrote as caption.


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The film is based on the life of scientist and aerospace engineer S. Nambi Narayanan. Apart from directing, Madhavan essays the protagonist Nambi Narayanan.

As a senior official at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Narayanan was in-charge of the cryogenics division. In 1994, he was falsely charged with espionage and arrested. The charges were dismissed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 1996, and the Supreme Court declared him not guilty in 1998.

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“Rocketary: The Nambi Effect” will release in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, English and Kannada languages.

The teaser of “Rocketary: The Nambi Effect” released on April 1 on YouTube channel of Tricolour Films India. Fans of SRK went crazy as they got the glimpse of Shah Rukh Khan in the trailer. The trailer was simultaneously released in multiple languages.

Later in the day, PM Modi expressed his happiness over meeting the ISRO scientist and actor Madhavan. He tweeted: “Happy to have met you and the brilliant Nambi Narayanan Ji. This film covers an important topic, which more people must know about.”

“Our scientists and technicians have made great sacrifices for our country, glimpses of which I could see in the clips of Rocketry,” he added in the Tweet.

Meanwhile, the Centre on Monday requested the Supreme Court to open the sealed cover report of a panel headed by former top court judge D.K. Jain, formed in September 2018 by the court to probe the role of Kerala police officers in the wrongful arrest of ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan in a 1994 espionage case.

Solicitor general Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, requested the top court to take up the report for passing appropriate orders on Tuesday. Mehta submitted that the matter is of national importance.

(With Inputs From Nitesh Kumar)

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