Recently, a group of ex-colleagues of former space scientist Nambi Narayanan said the movie, Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, either overstated Narayanan’s importance in the Indian Space Research Institute (ISRO) or plainly falsified stuff.
A E Muthunayagam was critical of the movie, too, as was E V S Namboothiri who was project director of the cryogenic engine
It’s almost like the Japanese movie by Akira Kurosawa, Rashomon. Every person has a different take and is the hero in his personal story in the film.
Nambi Narayanan’s autobiography, Ready to Fire, co-authored with journalist Arun Ram, is an engineer’s account of a career and life upended by a false case that smacked of big conspiracies and collusion.
M K Dhar and K V Thomas, who were with the Intelligence Bureau and were involved in the investigation, have written about the case.
As a movie, Rocketry is full of Eureka moments of Nambi Narayanan that apparently helped him succeed while in reality such flashes of inspiration are not that important.
Sasikumaran says he was not tortured by the IB and Nambi was in IB custody for fewer days, implying Nambi was not tortured.
It may well be that Nambi wanted to tell his story forcefully and convincingly to turn public opinion in his favour so justice would be served. In that process, he had to portray himself as the hero and focus on himself