Smita Srivastava, Mumbai. There is a saying in English that the longest journey begins with a single step. That is, a big journey begins with a small step. Today India has made its entry in the world of space. Has successfully set its feet on Mars. Although the dream of making rockets was first seen by Indian scientist Vikram Sarabhai. On the other hand, Homi Jehangir Bhabha had the dream of making India a nuclear nation. He was the one who laid the foundation of the country’s nuclear program.
Along with science, Homi’s interest is also in painting, music. Homi Jehangir was ten years older than Vikram Sarabhai, despite the difference in ideology, they were close friends. The journey of these scientists, who brought the country’s name on the global map, has been featured in the web series Rocket Boys produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur and Nikhil Advani. Despite belonging to a rich family, what kind of struggles he had to go through to make his dreams come true before and after the independence of the country, his personal life has been beautifully depicted in this series.
The story begins with the meeting of scientists after the Chinese attack on India in the year 1962. Homi Jehangir Bhabha (Jim Sarbh) proposes to build an atomic bomb. However, Vikram Sarabhai (Ishwak Singh) disagrees. He cites the tragedy of the atomic bomb during World War II. From there the story moves to their past. It is here that we meet Vikram Sarabhai, about twenty years old and Homi Jehangir, 30. Their passion for science becomes the reason for their friendship.
Meanwhile, Vikram Sarabhai gives his heart to Bharatnatyam dancer Mrinalini (Regina Cassandra) during an event to raise funds for his institute. Homi Jehangir, who is engaged in giving flight to his dreams, gets an earthquake when his father suddenly passes away. His girlfriend Pipsi (Saba Azad) takes him out during this difficult time. Both are concerned about the progress of the country with their dreams, but the way of working of both is very different from each other. With those aspects the story progresses in an interesting way.
Each episode of this eight-episode series is about 45 minutes long. Directed by Abhay Pannu, this web show is the story of two young scientists with progressive thinking about the progress of the country who have full respect for their talents. promote him. Don’t be afraid of your struggles. Patriotism is full of them, but the way of expression is different. In this, along with the world of science, the personal lives of both the scientists also go hand in hand. It introduces us to the era when the country was moving towards independence, it had limited resources and was lagging far behind in the world.
It is a pleasant experience to see the vision, progressive thinking and methodology of scientists in those conditions. In the background of the story, from the Second World War to the freedom struggle going on for India’s independence is mentioned. Real visuals have also been used to give the feel of that environment. It helps in making the story believable. The experiments being done by the scientists in the show are also depicted accurately. Watching the web show realizes that it is not enough to just dream to make dreams come true, it is also necessary to have passion, talent and intelligence. An important part of the story is also the great scientist of the country APJ Abdul Kalam Azad. Who started his career with Sarabhai. He mentions the rejected institute in his resume. The strong aspect of the show is its dialogues as well.
The casting of this show has to be praised. Jim Sarbh is very good in the character of Homi Jehangir. He has completely embodied the personality of Homi. At the same time, Ishwak Singh as Vikram Sarabhai has perfectly imbibed his innocence, passion and passion. One must also praise the production design team of the show who have created the environment in a real way. Looking at the screen post in the fourth decade of the last century, you are amazed to see their romance, squabbles, scientific experiments, how different today’s world was from the world then. Dibyendu Bhattacharya impresses in the role of scientist Raza Mehndi. He considers himself an outsider even while living in the country. Rest of the cast of the show have also given excellent performance. This story of scientists who made a significant contribution to the country’s construction must be seen.
Main Cast: Jim Sarbh, Ishwak Singh, Regina Cassandra, Saba Azad, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Namit Das, Rajit Kapoor, Arjun Radhakrishnan
Director : Abhay Pannu
Broadcast Platform – Sony Liv
Rating : 3 and a half