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This Friday’s Om & Rocketry Are Strangely Related
Producer Ahmed Khan’s Om: The Battle Within and Madhavan’s Rocketry share a strange kinship. Not only are they both releasing on July 1 they both have an uncanny thematic similarity. In both a NASA scientist is wrongly accused of espionage and anti-national activities .
The disgraced scientist in Om: The Battle Within is played by Jackie Shroff.In Rocketry Madhavan portrays the real-life character Nambi Narayanan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation who was accused of espionage.
Madhavan says he was ready to wait it out for as long as it took. “There was no way we were going to release our film on the OTT platform.Pandemic or no. Of course I’ve the highest regard for the digital space. In 2020 my film Maara was released on Amazon Prime Video and it reached out to amazing numbers. However the big screen is the big screen.It cannot be substituted by the OTT platform.”
Madhavan has designed Rocketry as a big-screen experience. “It’s a story that I’ve nurtured for ten years. I am pleased to say the film has turned out almost exactly as I had envisaged it.”
Producer Ahmed Khan too agrees his film Om: The Battle Within is a big-screen experience. “We couldn’t see the action sequences as a home-viewing experience. Some experiences are meant only for the big screen.Although I’ve not directed Om, the very talented Kapil Verma has,Om is as dear to me as any of my own directorials,” says Ahmed.