Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran Review


Plotline: –

Parmanu focuses on the famous coveted nuclear test codenamed Operation Shakti that India carried out in Pokhran in 1998, right under the noses of the CIA and other intelligence agencies after a previous failure to conduct such a test in 1995.


Positive Points: –

  • Abhishek Sharma’s skills as a director with which he could make an interesting film out of a not-so-impressive screenplay.
  • Unlike expected, Parmanu is a very riveting flick and provides a nail-biting experience, particularly in its climax.
  • The performances of John Abraham, Boman Irani, Anuja Sathe and even Darshan Pandya, which overcome the unamusing renditions of the other cast members.
  • The overall emotional impact that film makes owing to its patriotic base as well as through its acting department is largely satisfactory.


Negative Points: –

  • What a badly written screenplay it was and how terrible were the dialogues!!! I wished Sharma and his co-writers Saiwyn Quadras and Sanyuktha Chawla Sheikh made its lines less punchy and less cheesy at times and focused more on realism as well as on nurturing the characters.
  • In my opinion, the makers could have gone into more copious details regarding the scientific and logistical execution of the entire operation instead of being more superficial with it.
  • An underwhelming first act.


Direction, Screenplay & Other Technicalities: –


Had it not been for Abhishek Sharma, I wonder how would have anyone handled such a carelessly penned script with such irritating Bollywoodish dialogues and poor character development. Honestly speaking, if Parmanu had depended upon its writing department, it would have been unwatchable. Sharma’s acumen as a director not only revives the movie from its terrible writing (of which even he is a part, ironically) but also imparts an engrossing and emotionally joyful experience to the audience. It’s really hard in cases of such films to fascinate the audience and keep them hooked to their seats for almost the entire runtime, but this flick manages to do a lot more than that in an aptly set time limit. Be it the pacing or the occasional plot-tribulations, it scores well in almost every field where it aimed to.

Going to the technical side, there’s nothing much special in it. The songs are fine though appear distractingly. There are a few occasions where I didn’t really like the choice of the camera angles but it doesn’t create much of an impact on the flick.


Performances: –


John Abraham is superb as the film’s protagonist. He keeps it simple and straight and makes sure that he doesn’t go overboard. However, when pushed by his character, he showcases the fine actor in him quite subtly.

Boman Irani is terrific and leaves a powerful impact of his presence despite his short screen time.

Anuja Sathe portrays the role of Ashwat’s wife brilliantly. She puts forward her varied capabilities as a thespian by showcasing various sides of her character’s emotions and reactions almost perfectly.

Darshan Pandya is too good as the Pakistani spy and forms up a pleasing negative entity that challenges the central characters of the movie.

I don’t know about the rest of the people, but I fervently feel that Diana Penty has been miscast as an intelligence agent here. She isn’t bad here but isn’t impressive either. I guess we gotta blame the writing here again (though not completely).

On the other side Aditya Hitkari, Vikas Kumar, Yogendra Tiku and Ajay Shankar justify their characters and provide able support to Abraham throughout the film.


Final Verdict: –


There are things to complain here as there are in every film, but Parmanu is a bright example of how important the director can be in abating the mistakes of a film’s writing. It triggers the right amount of emotions and patriotism in an intriguing experience to ensure that one doesn’t leave his/her seat with a negative overview. Lastly, I would like to express my gratitude to all those people who were involved in making Operation Shakti a success because if not for them, we wouldn’t be as strong a nation, as we are today.


RATING: 3.5/5


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