Series Review

The SonyLIV series of eight episodes, 'Rocket Boys' shows the epic journey of two founding fathers of Nuclear and Space programmes in India Dr. Homi Bhabha and Dr. Vikram Sarabhai.

Jim Sarbh and Ishwak Singh in the series play the main lead roles as Jim appears in the character of Homi Bhabha and the role of Sarabhai is portrayed by Ishwak Singh.

Other casts of the series include Namit Das, Saba Azad, Rajit Kapoor, Arjun Radhakrishna, Regina Cassandra, K.C Shankar and Dibyendu Bhattacharya.

Rocket Boys depicts the distinct personalities of the two renowned physicists and legends of all time. The series contextualizes the plans and priorities in post-independence that were directed by visionary leaders with a strong belief in science to transform mankind.

The two physicists shared a bond of close friendship since the time they were pursuing studies in the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore during the years of the Second World War.

The series shows the audience the struggle that Homi Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai faced in their professional and emotional aspects of life. It provides a close look at the challenges that they faced and the breakthroughs made by them in reaching their goal.

Rocket Boys take back to the time of Indian history in the 1940s when the Quit India Movement had begun and the period when India entered into the space age in the early 1960s.

The iconic institution builders Bhabha and Sarabhai temperamentally have very little in common besides the passion for perfection. They often had clashes because of their world views and backgrounds but also collide on the same in certain situations.

The friendship between the two geniuses of opposite personalities is something that stands out and makes the series a lot more engaging.

In the later parts, the character of young APJ Abdul Kalam is portrayed in the series which is played by Arjun Radhakrishnan who brought life to the character by his excellent performance.

The show has a background theme of the country's independence, wars the fights for freedom. Regina Cassandra in the series comes with an old-school charm playing as Mrinalini.

Rocket Boys is directed and written by Abhay Pannu and the cinematography of the series is done well by Harsvir Oberai.

It is produced by Roy Kaur Films and Emmay Entertainment and created by Nikhil Advani. Another interesting aspect of the series is the music created by Achint Thakur.