Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran Story
Director: Abhishek Sharma
Cast: John Abraham as Ashwat Raina, Diana Penty as Capt. Ambalika Bandyopadhyay, Himanshu Shukla (Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister), Aditya Hitkari as Dr. Viraf Wadia, Vikas Kumar as Major Prem Singh, Yogendra Tiku as Dr. Naressh Sinha, Anuja Sathe as Sushma Raina (Ashwat's Wife), Darshan Pandya as Pakistani spy, Zachary Coffin as Stephen, Mark Bennington as Daniel, and Satinder Singh Gahlot as Suresh Yadav The Former Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.
Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran is as the title itself suggests the story of India's 1998 nuclear tests which made India recognized as a global nuclear power. It dramatizes the days before the three tests that were carried in Pokhran in the Thar desert, Rajasthan. The team headed by Ashwat Raina goes all out to make the tests possible.
Ashwat's team faces many problems in the way right from the Pakistani spies, American intelligence, and internal bureaucratic problems. It takes a few, cinematic liberties, in the way our scientific community and armed forces beat the American intelligence and surveillance systems to successfully test three nuclear bombs in the desert of Pokhran, Rajasthan. It is not an authentic recreation of history, it's a gripping narration of how India conducted its nuclear tests against all odds and succeeded.
Parmanu received mixed reviews for dramatizing the event and also for the cinematic liberties. But it received praise for making a gripping account of the tests which were a proud moment for all Indians. It also received acclaim for the visual effects of the test blasts and the way satellites are shown and the way the archival footage is used to create a political atmosphere. The movie became a commercial success when released in theatres by grossing more than 91 crores on a budget of 44 crores.