The teaser for the highly anticipated Parmanu shows John Abraham spearheading a mission with Diana Penty by his side. An entire team of officers follows them. And it is obvious that they share an extremely critical responsibility. But before any details are revealed, Boman Irani’s voiceover reminds us about some of the most glorious moments in the history of independent India. One such moment occurred in May 1998 when India was able to declare itself a nuclear state in the world thereby entering the league of other global nuclear giants.
Parmanu is based on the nuclear bomb tests carried out by the Indian Army back in 1998. It tells the story of a team of officers who were responsible for carrying out the covert operation. Named as Operation Shakti, the mission also had code names like Pokhran II and Operation Shakti- 98. The government went ahead with the operation despite tremendous international pressure against it. That is why it had to be kept a top secret until its completion.
India’s nuclear program had struggled for years to gain credibility. Though the efforts for the same had been on since WWII, they constantly faced roadblocks. For instance, there was the dependence on imported technology and technical assistance coupled with the lack of indigenous resources. Furthermore, it was extremely difficult to be discreet about the tests which were to happen on such a large scale. Parmanu puts together all of these pieces and highlights the efforts that made this mission a success. Right from the steps taken by the Indian nuclear industry to caution maintained by the officers in charge, the film promises to cover it all.
Operation Shakti consisted of a series of nuclear tests in Pokhran, Rajasthan. The first detonation was that of a fusion bomb followed by four fission bombs. This was India’s second successful nuclear mission after 1974’s Smiling Buddha. The site for Smiling Buddha too was army’s Pokhran Test Range. However, the 1998 tests marked a monumental leap in India’s nuclear program. Soon after, in a press conference, the Indian government led by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee officially declared the country a full-fledged nuclear state.
KriArj Entertainment and John Abraham Entertainment have jointly produced this Abhishek Sharma directorial.