Actor R Madhavan’s directorial debut ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ is set to have its world premiere during the 75th Cannes Film Festival. The film is a biographical drama based on ISRO space scientist Nambi Narayanan, who introduced liquid fuel rocket technology in India in the early 1970s. India’s Ministry of Culture has officially selected the film for its Red Carpet World Premiere.
Actor-turned-filmmaker Madhavan plays the role of the eponymous Indian scientist, Nambi Narayanan, and has also directed, produced, and written the film.
Speaking on the occasion, Madhavan said, “I’m in a daze! I just started by wanting to tell the story of Nambi Narayanan and I’m unable to believe all that’s happening. With God’s grace, we’ve waited long and I’m grateful and thrilled to watch all the good things happening in the film. As a debut director, my nervousness is making it difficult for me to breathe and all I hope is to make India proud.”
The Palais des Festival premiere will take place during a prime-time slot at 9 pm on May 19 as part of the celebration of India as the official country of honor at the Cannes Film Market this year – an inaugural tradition that will be continued at future editions.
The film, which also stars Phyllis Logan, Vincent Riotta, and Ron Donachie, and special appearances by superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Suriya, has been shot simultaneously in multiple languages including Hindi, Tamil, and English across India, France, Canada, Georgia, and Serbia.
‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ is scheduled for a theatrical release on July 1, in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, English, Malayalam, and Kannada. (IANS inputs)