Recent reports remarking that Shah Rukh Khan was “desperate” to be part of Madhavan’s bio-pic Rocketry have embarrassed the affable actor.
“It was most gracious of Shah Rukh to agree to do a guest appearance. Shah Rukh Khan has been roped in to play a television journalist in Rocketry. That he wanted to be part of this project and that too at a time when he was not signing any new films, is a great honour for us. And what a boost it would give to our endeavour to take the story of Nambi Nambiar to every corner of the world! Not only will the audience come to see Nambiar Sir and me, Shah Rukh’s fans will be interested in Rocketry, as this is his first screen appearance in almost four years.Incidentally, Shah Rukh and I both started on television at around the same time.”
The entire story of Nambi Narayanan unfolds through his conversation with the journalist as played by Shah Rukh Khan. It’s a prominent role, and his fans won’t be disappointed.
“Nambi Narayanan could build a rocket. I’ve learnt to construct a rocket from scratch. We are determined to do justice to the extraordinary life of Nambi Naryanan. He is one of the many unsung heroes of our country who deserves to be anointed with a worthy film.”
In 1994 Narayanan a space-research scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO) had been falsely accused of espionage.
“We are going into every aspect of Narayanan’s life without apology. There’s really no point in doing a bio-pic unless the complete truth is told.”