Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran starring John Abraham in the lead role was one of the most talked about movies when released this year. The movie revolved around India’s encounter with the nuclear test near Pokhran, Rajasthan, thereby achieving the status of a nuclear state.
This was one of the biggest achievement of the coalition government then which was spearheaded under the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. As the former Prime Minister breathed his last yesterday at AIIMS, Delhi, Parmanu director Abhishek Sharma recounted the time when he along with John Abraham had decided that no actor would be cast as Atal Ji in the movie.
He told The Times of India, “We had to use his presence cleverly in the film. He’s almost like the sutradhar(narrator) of the story. John and I had discussed that no one could be cast to play him. Thankfully, we managed to get his real speeches and visuals and intersperse them into the film. ‘Parmanu…’ is our dedication to his work for the betterment of our nation. I am so glad we could salute his contribution to making the nation a nuclear state with our film.”
“He may not have been in active politics for years now but he will remain immortal through his speeches and poetries. With ‘Parmanu…’, we had hoped that millennials, who don’t know this leader, get to know him. Some of my millennial assistants were thrilled to know that a leader like him exists in India. His speeches were not divisive; they spoke of a vision which even the opposition leaders paid heed to,” he added.
Author: By – Melwyn Fernandes
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