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Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran Movie Review – Parmanu The Story of Pokhran, starring John Abraham and Diana Penty, finally hit the screens after much delay. The film based on the 1998 Pokhran nuclear tests is quite a yawn.
By Lakshana N Palat: Desh, desh and more desh. That word resonates more than the nuclear bomb itself in John Abraham’s Parmanu The Story of Pokhran.
Let’s cut to the chase. Parmanu The Story of Pokhran is an elaborate nationalist story about India becoming a nuclear state. Attempting to inject facts into this confusing fictional account, there are liberal figures of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, US President Bill Clinton and former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
The five nuclear tests that took place in Pokhran, Rajasthan in 1998 are attributed to a group of five “Pandavas” (as they call themselves) rather than the hard work of numerous organizations that worked in total secrecy for decades.
In keeping with Bollywood’s patriotism, Parmanu does not emphasize technological prowess, skill or even science, but military heroism more than anything else.
Every time John talks about country, there’s music in the background that makes you proud. Throwing subtlety to the winds, in the very first scene, as John gives a speech about India competing as a world power, the background fades to black, and the focus is on him.
Parmanu indulges in his sober patriotic sentiments right from the start. John Abraham plays the earnest Ashwat Raina, an Indian Administration official with a plan called “nuclear peace” that could bring India on par with the United States, China and Pakistan. The plan is half-heartedly implemented, and Ashwat retreats to Mussoorie with his family.
After three years, Chief Secretary Himanshu Shukla (Boman Irani) asks to restart the Ashwat nuclear programme. So Ashwat hires his five ‘Pandavas’ and settles in Pokhran.
If you go through two hours of clichéd dialogues, occasional John Abraham textbook dialogues and lots of desh-bhakti, there is an interesting climax waiting for you as a reward at the end.
But until then, the movie is about as fun as watching the weather forecast on TV. The undercover stealth mission, which is meant to be a race against time, fails to evoke a sense of urgency and tension in the viewer.
Parmanu works hard to convince us that India’s nuclear test was the culmination of the efforts of a single engineer-bureaucrat in the 1990s who was willing to do anything for the country’s honor, including putting his professional and personal life on the line. An important episode of contemporary Indian history is reduced to a typical Bollywood thriller.
Ashwat’s personal life issues are unintentionally hilarious as he spouts outrageous Bollywood dialogues that have his wife in awe.
There really isn’t much to say about the actor. John Abraham tries his best to give his role some depth, but he can’t make much headway with the flimsy script. Sometimes you feel like he’s reading his dialogue from a teleprompter.
Oh, there’s also Diana Penty, who is the mission’s point of operation for security matters. After making a strong first impression, it has a tendency to fade into the background, and look cool. The rest of the characters stick to the sides, and end up being cardboard cutouts delivering expository dialogue. Home » News » Movies » Parmanu Movie Review: John Abraham Starrer Bollywood is too much to be a true story
After a spectacularly failed “physics experiment” in 1974, it is time for India to resume nuclear testing, given Pakistan’s accelerated construction of a nuclear power plant and its growing ties with the US and China. But it’s not that simple as an American satellite keeping a watchful eye on India’s every move. Aware of what’s going on, Ashwath Raina (played by John Abraham), a young, determined and passionate civil servant comes in with an A-level plan with the hope that India will become a nuclear power in his heart, and even more so because he’s a martyr. The son of an army officer who was unable to serve because of flat feet. All his efforts, however, go in vain when an impatient politician tries to play tricks on him and this leads to his (Raina) suspension from duty in 1995.
As of 1998, India has already been foiled twice by US spy satellites and intelligence agencies, which has threatened repercussions and even international isolation if it continues nuclear testing. Meanwhile, a new government is formed. Himanshu Shukla (played by Boman Irani), the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, is very keen to find out exactly what happened three years ago. As per the expectations, he will meet Raina who is now leading a normal life by teaching IAS aspirants. And, it’s time for another round. Mission Pokhran gets underway as Raina prepares his team, choosing the five best officers in the system, including RAW officer Ambalika (Diana Penty).
As we all know, Bollywood has a habit of going overboard, dramatizing everything and twisting the truth. Keeping this tradition alive,
It takes some liberties with the ‘based on true events’ story as director Abhishek Sharma chooses to go the Bollywood route by introducing random bits of patriotism into the film. In particular, the film focuses on the events leading up to the series of nuclear bomb test explosions at the Pokhran Test Range in Rajasthan. While the film has its moments and is certainly engaging at times, it somehow becomes strangely forgettable after a certain point of time.
Abraham’s Raina is miscast and strangely unmotivated, mostly because of her facial expressions. Of course, the script, the old approach of overcooked clichés and unconvincing exchanges between characters, does Abraham no favors. He remains expressionless in the middle of a disturbing action sequence. Yes, he is also married but that doesn’t help the plot either.
Penty, who is at the center of almost every scene, does not evoke emotion either. He’s supposed to be rough and tough, but how could he do a covert operation with his face and hair on? Of course, we hope that we will be surprised, but this was asking too much. Sorry. Irani, on the other hand, does a decent job as Shukla, thanks to her ability to slip into a character with ease.
The film’s downfall also lies in the opening sequence, which is wobbly and doesn’t give you much time to register what’s happened. While the second half makes for an attention-grabbing watch, it doesn’t leave a lasting impression.
Nor does he fall for the usual tricks of hitting the screen in Pakistan to earn a few extra bucks at the box office. The pre-release ‘Parmanu – The Story Of Pokhran’ survived a lot of controversies and now after watching it, understand why John Abraham has put all his blood, sweat and tears into this. Based on a true incident, it explains many more things to educate everyone with what happened in Pokhran.
Ashwat Raina (John Abraham) is a junior bureaucrat who tries to present a plan to test nuclear bombs to the Prime Minister’s team. Unfortunately, his plan is presented as half-baked and he is asked to stay out of the execution. The plan fails and is credited with that failure, which results in termination. He starts his new life as a civil service teacher in Mussoori.
Three years later, Himanshu Shukla (Boman Irani), the new Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, appears on the scene and asks Ashwat to resume the plan that was incomplete in 1995. Ashwat, comes into his ‘Deadpool’ form and starts forming a team to complete the mission of testing various nuclear bombs in Pokhran. This is the story of how the team executes this covert mission, moving away from American Lacrosse satellites.
‘Parmanu – The Story Of Pokhran’ is on par with ‘Airlift’ and ‘Baby’; It forces you to imagine how Neeraj Pandey would have directed it and we have Akshay Kumar delivering the lines instead of John Abraham. This is somewhat reminiscent of James Cagney’s classic ’13 Rue Madeleine’ about India tricking US satellites into how the proceedings take place. It is not considered a classic movie until it has some flaws and ‘Parmanu’ has some gaps. A thriller has been given the treatment it deserves, keeping you on the edge of your seat till the end.
The climate packs a punch and will leave everyone in awe. One of the better things about the film is that it never crosses the line of patriotism to become a jingoistic affair. He had plenty of opportunities to throw in pop-patriotism, but Abhishek Sharma makes sure the story isn’t taken for granted. We have seen how Neeraj Pandey has nailed this formula for ‘Baby’; Abhishek manages to add his light touch here too.
John Abraham delivers an amazing performance; proves how he can adapt himself as per the requirement of the script.
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