After a successful career of over two decades, R Madhavan took a plunge and made his directorial debut with Rocketry: The Nambi Effect. The movie is based on the life of Indian aerospace scientist S Nambi Narayanan. The movie, which also marks Shah Rukh Khan’s return to the big screen after a gap of four years, received all-round positive responses.
But, one response from a noted film critic caught R Madhavan’s attention as he found it in terrible taste.
Anupama Chopra of Film Companion mentioned in her review about Nambi Narayanan being a “true-blue Hindu patriot”. She wrote, “the screenplay repeatedly underlines his patriotism and also leans pointedly into his religion. Our first visual of Narayanan is in the puja room at his home. At crucial moments, he prays. Narayanan is a true-blue Hindu patriot.”
Reacting to this, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit called her out on Twitter & wrote, “..@anupamachopra This is being #Hinduphobic Why does it trouble U if Narayanan is a Hindu patriot and prays during crucial times? Every maker doesn’t justify trrsm d way #VinodChopra dd in Shikara . @ActorMadhavan hs done a brilliant job and hv d guts to praise it.”
As per sources, even Madhavan slammed Anupama views and stated that he is fine if she didn’t like the film but to give it a religious spin is not okay. He replied, “We thought it was in terrible taste too.. this is who Nambi sir is .. I am totally okay if you did not like or hated the film and I will take it in the chin..but why this ??Come on -we are way Better than this. Regretful”. This tweet now has been deleted.
For context to Ashoke Pandit’s tweet, Anupama Chopra is the wife of filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra who was recently criticised for his 2020 directorial Shikara which was made on the exodus of Kashmiri pandits in 1990.
Reacting to the tweets by Madhavan & Ashoke Pandit, one user wrote, “Nobody considers @anupamachopra as a critic she is irrelevant to us doesn’t matter what what review she gives, we don’t even watch her reviews nobody gives a damn , shikara would have been rated 5star by but did it work , neyt,ignore her she is not gonna change”. Another user tweeted, “What else to be expected from this lobby. They have their rules and they go accordingly.”
Check out the tweets below:
Nobody considers @anupamachopra as a critic she is irrelevant to us doesn’t matter what what review she gives , we don’t even watch her reviews nobody gives a damn , shikara would have been rated 5star by but did it work , neyt,ignore her she is not gonna change