Published by Sanket Porwal
Parmanu in its 130 minutes long run-time is mostly a film that focuses on a spectacular nuclear operation in 1998 that did India proud. I am mighty impressed by the sheer gut of the writers and director to even think they can pull off such a film where they have to keep the interest alive mostly by showing how the operation panned out. It could have been a yawn-inducing film that could have looked like a documentary but the makers successfully carry out the nuclear operation episodes with clever writing.
However the sub-plots of the film are what pulls down a sincere effort. Parmanu could have easily been a no-nonsense tight thriller, which it perhaps even had set out to be. But director Abhishek Sharma doesn’t keep the balance between subtlety and giveaway. He clearly wanted the film to be more accessible which reflects in its dialogue which is perfectly fine, but, his choice of troupes to make it accessible were perhaps not the best choice – a rather comical spy agent, a doting wife and husband story, and dumbed down political characters. I believe Sharma was apprehensive if his film would have lost its narrative in subtlety. But hey, 2015’s Baby and more recently in 2017’s The Ghazi Attack we saw that the makers can deliver a knock-out watch without resorting to spoon-feeding.
Make no mistake; Parmanu is still a fairly likeable venture despite its inescapable flaws. The taut narrative especially towards climax will leave you on a positive note. The film could have done away with those many songs which played along for too long. However one must applaud the DOP work that stands out among the other technical credits.
Do give this film a chance as its accentuating on one of the most significant victories of India and the film on its own has its fair share of positives, especially the leading man John Abraham’s sincere performance. The screenplay problems do stick around, but then who is calling it a great film anyway!
Rating: 2.5 / 5 (Above Average)