Taking the audiences down memory lane, this new series reminisces the life and contributions of the legendary nuclear physicists of India, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai and Dr. Homi J. Bhabha. SonyLIV released the trailer of the Abhay Pannu directorial ‘Rocket Boys’ and it looks fabulous. Ishwak Singh has played the role of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai while Jim Sarbh has played the role of Dr. Homi J. Bhabha and the trailer captures it all. Regina Cassandra, Rajit Kapur, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Saba Azad, and Arjun Radhakrishnan are in pivotal roles. This new series will premiere on SonyLIV starting 4th February.
The trailer begins with a preliminary experiment in the courtyard by ‘the lunatic brown kid’, a.k.a, Vikram Sarabhai. With the spark of fire, the unrefined rocket makes its first appearance. Dr. Homi Bhabha makes his entry as a professor of a class, who seems pretty forward with the students while offering them a bottle of liquor (which wasn’t for them, unfortunately but for an experiment). Vikram’s inquisitiveness leads him to go beyond the class, into Dr. Bhabha’s cabin when the former gives the latter a piece of his mind in the ongoing debate about rubber and polyethylene sheets.
With a major in Natural science and a particular interest in Physics, Homi seems to be charmed by Vikram’s practical application. This journey is of a brilliant mentor and an exceptional mentee who is capable of contributing to his country, unlike the lakhs of people in the crowd around him. From raising the Indian flag and meeting honorary ministers from all over the world, they begin their journey.
A flash of spotlight introduces Vikram to Mrinalini (Regina Cassandra), who is seen practicing Bharatanatyam. As he said, it did feel like gravity between them, she helped him know things about himself that he didn’t focus on before. Vikram and Homi share a brotherly bond. Homi too meets a girl, Parvana Irani (Saba Azad), which according to him, is the ‘Parsi-est name’ he has ever heard in his life. Vikram and Homi begin building their rocket and the preparatory phases look like a success with the silver rocket taking flight.
Things change abruptly when Homi is seen shutting the Cosmic Rays unit which comes as a shock to Vikram. This was the only place where Vikram could make his dream of making a rocket come true and he calls Homi a ‘selfish man’. There is a strain in their relationship as Homi is on a mission to execute his plan while he feels like Vikram is only dreaming about it with drawings in his garage.
Left with no choice, Vikram goes to Panditji (Rajit Kapur), with a request of initiating the ‘Indian Space Program’ which is denied as the country needs something else. Giving us a glimpse of the wars that happened in India at the time, the audience can witness the attacks China’s People’s Liberation Army made on India. In such a time, Homi comes up with a proposal of making India’s first atom bomb. There are a lot of secrets, like the one where Homi is making a bomb while hiding this from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
In the quest of using atomic energy correctly, there is a fallout between Homi and Vikram. While Vikram thinks that it is just an advisory committee, Homi thinks he should use his expertise to help the country use atomic energy wisely and make bombs for the sake of the country. “Desh ki ya tumhari”, asks Vikram, which does seem like a valid question.
With planes flying, marriage, victories, walks and talks with the officials, impending tension between the boys, the final rocket and the show, is seen taking a flight. The end of this trailer is a warm one where in Vikram is introduced to a new applicant who seems very interesting and has come a long way from the south, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The trailer looks mind-blowing with a cast worth the content.
You can catch the trailer here –