Directed by: Abhishek Sharma
Produced by: JA Entertainment, Zee Studios, KYTA Production
Written by: Saiwyn Quadras, Sanyuktha Chawla Sheikh, Abhishek Sharma
Based on: Pokhran-II
Cast: John Abraham, Diana Penty, Boman Irani
Music by: Sachin-Jigar, Jeet Gannguli
Background Music: Sandeep Chowta
Cinematography: Aseem Mishra, Zubin Mistry
Edited by: Rameshwar S. Bhagat
The movie revolves around Ashwath Rana (John Abraham), a passionate IAS officer who gives a suggestion in 1995, that India should conduct its own nuclear tests to be at par in the nuclear race with US and China. Determined to make India a nuclear state, he brings up a “superb” tactic. However, the plan fails miserably because of diplomatic pressure from American authorities. Disappointed Ashwath then moves to Mussoorie to move past the incident and continues his life as a tutor.
The plot gets an active start when Brajesh Mishra (Boman Irani) offers him a second chance in 1998. He collaborates with his team of six Indians to test the nuclear weapons while dodging the eye of American satellite (the real villain).
The dramatic speech at the beginning was a complete turn-off. The mix of fiction and cinematic liberties with the true events brings in a lot of “Bollywood” touch which shouldn’t have been included in the plot. It wouldn’t be that easy to fool the most efficient surveillance systems of the world as it is depicted in the movie. However, the actors have worked hard, and their efforts are noticeable. As the tensions escalate, the plot is successful in keeping you engaged. Apart from the patriotism depicted, there is a bit of comedy included, so as to lighten the stressful plot. The background music keeps your heart racing. In the end, you may be left wondering how the real heroes of Pokhran would have managed to hoodwink American satellites.
A little more detailed attention and a little less melodrama could have made the plot more interesting. On a positive note, the movie still has a fine combination of suspense, thriller, and humor. John Abraham brings in the needed charm throughout the story.