Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran Review & Rating|
Parmanu is John Abraham’s most ambitious project to date and he has taken care of the production duties of it as well. Written by Saiwyn Quadras and Sanyuktha Chawla Sheikh, who have previously written the critically acclaimed Neerja, this film tells a somewhat fictionalized retelling of the Nuclear testings done by the Indian army at the Pokhran district Rajasthan, under the then President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam. All this was done in secret and it had to be made sure that the USA does not find out about it, so the main villain of Parmanu is the American secret organization CIA.
John plays the role of Ashwath Raina, an IAS officer who has already led a failed nuclear mission in the past but is once again trusted to prove himself. Boman Irani plays the role of Prime Minister Advani’s secretary who helps Aswath with this mission. He has to form a team of five members, who he calls the Pandavas, to go to Rajasthan and conduct this mission while also making sure that no one finds out about this and that it is done in a covert manner. There are also American spies who are trying to find out what the Indian government is up to. Diana Penty plays the role of Nakul, a member of Ashwath’s team and is the only female member of it. She is a strong woman who doesn’t consider herself lesser than any man.
Talking about performances, John Abraham has a very limited set of skills as an actor and is best suited for action films. But here, he hams up the performance a little bit and it feels like his character already knows the outcome of the whole mission and talks in that way too. His dialogue delivery is amazing, and the patriotic dialogues will definitely make you feel for his character and his motivation is cemented perfectly. Just like his character Ashwath, John is also trying to redeem himself after a bunch of failures and Parmanu might just be his saving grace.
No compliment or praise is enough for the brilliant Boman Irani, who handles his role perfectly in every scene that he appears. He is funny, and at the same time he commands respect and is in charge of the whole thing. Diana Penty does not have much to do in this film and her character is totally wasted. Why the writers chose to give her so little is baffling as she has definitely proven her mettle as an actress before and even manages to impress us in whatever small role she has in Parmanu.
This movie is directed by Abhishek Sharma, who previously directed the comic caper Tere Bin Laden and its sequel, so Parmanu is a new genre for a filmmaker who has only dabbled in comedy before. But his lack of experience does not show on the screen at all. He handles the concept and story beautifully, and there are scenes that could have gone wrong in the hands of another director. The film is grounded and close to reality, which is the perfect treatment that it deserves. Of course, there are some inspirations from Hollywood. Like the Ben Affleck film Argo, which was made on a similar theme and even the background score is reminiscent of that of Interstellar by Hans Zimmer. But this can be overlooked as the overall picture is only pushed forward by it.
The only setback is that the makers go overboard with the side plots. There is an unnecessary track about a wife claiming that his husband is cheating on him and many shots of a satellite in space. These things distract the audience from the main story and also add to the runtime. Editing by Rameshwar S. Bhagat could have been better and the film could have been a little bit tighter. Aseem Mishra’s cinematography is near perfection and the locations are captured beautifully through his lens, giving us a raw and real feel while watching it on the screen.
Overall, Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran has kept us waiting for months now, and the wait is definitely worth it. There are some flaws which can be ignored and the film will definitely make you feel proud of being an Indian. It is the story of how our country stood up on its own legs and became one of the strongest nuclear powers in the world and for this reason, Parmanu is worth a watch in theaters.
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Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran has finally hit the big screens today after months of waiting. The film is directed by Abhishek Sharma and stars John Abraham, Diana Penty and Boman Irani in the lead roles, which tells the story of the nuclear weapons testing done by Indian army and keeping it a secret at the same time. The movie is being appreciated for its performances and this is what the public has to say about it:
The acting of John Abraham is being lauded by everyone and he fits into the character of an army man perfectly. John is also the producer and co-writer of the film so Parmanu is a film which is close to his heart. Apart from him, the actor that is taking away all the compliments is the phenomenal Boman Irani who plays one of John's team members. The two have a great on-screen chemistry and take the movie to a whole another level.
The film hits hard on the subject of patriotism and movie like this have done well in the past as well. Bringing a real-life story to the big screen is not an easy task and the whole cast and crew have done a commendable job at doing this. The music of the film also goes along well with the mood of the film and sets the tone right for the story. Towards the end, the film turns into an edge of the seat thriller.
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What is Parmanu all about?
Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran is one of the most awaited films of the year that stars John Abraham, Diana Penty and Boman Irani in the lead roles. It tells the story of the real-life nuclear tests that the Indian Army had conducted in the Pokhran district of Rajasthan and successfully made India a nuclear power. John Abraham has also produced this film and worked on the script as this is a project very close to his heart and is excited to be playing an army officer. Parmanu was scheduled to release in December of 2017 but kept getting delayed due to various reasons, which has only created a good hype for the movie.
What to expect from Parmanu?
John Abraham has proven his acting skills in films like Force, Force 2, Madras Café and many other films that have gotten him great critical and commercial success. Diana Penty too has been well received since her debut in Cocktail and her performance in Happy Bhaag Jayegi was appreciated by all. And Boman Irani is one of the most talented actors that Bollywood has to offer so it will be interesting to see the three of these actors come together on the big screen.
The story of the film is a very exciting and patriotic one and has been co-written by John Abraham himself. The real-life nuclear tests were a big deal for the Indian army and bringing it on the big screen is not an easy job. The makers have revealed that it is going to be an edge of the seat thriller that will keep the audience glued to the screen throughout the runtime.
The soundtrack and songs of the movie will play a very important part in the narrative of the story and will help in creating the right mood for it. Songs like Thare Vaaste and Jitni Dafa are already hits among the listeners and are ruling the charts on the music streaming sites, and this will only work in favour of the film.
Surrounded By Controversy
Parmanu has been surrounded by controversy for a long time now. First, the release of the film was postponed to avoid a clash with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat and then, there was a spat between producers John Abraham and Prernaa Arora and John had to take the matter to court. The court ruled in John’s favour and the film is finally releasing to his relief, so it will be interesting to see what John fought so hard for.