Writer Sukhmani Sadana is over the moon as she makes her debut at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. R Madhavan’s ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ is having a world premiere at the 75th Cannes Film Festival and it is a huge deal for a Bollywood film.
Sukhmani, who has been a part of the team of writers, is overjoyed. “When we got to know that ‘Rocketry’ has been selected for Cannes, we were so nervous. We had mixed emotions – we were nervous, excited, shocked all at once. It was a beautiful moment nevertheless. I remember Maddy sir called me and I just kept saying, ‘What!’ It is a dream come true,” she says.
“The response to the film has been great. I am nervous, I was super nervous while flying to Cannes. The film is Maddy sir’s brainchild. I am a really small part in the team, but I am still feeling privileged to have my project at Cannes,” adds a proud Sukhmani.
‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ is based on the life of Nambi Narayanan, who was a former scientist and aerospace engineer of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation). He was accused of espionage. R Madhavan will be seen playing the titular role in the film. It will be released in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and English languages.
She has also written films for Kunal Kohli, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Endemol, Balaji, Netflix. She won an award for ‘Best Actress’ in Digital Awards 2017 for her web series Love Bytes on Sony Liv. Sukhmani has been part of films like Manmarziyaan, web series like Sacred Games, Khotey Sikkey, Love Bytes, Tandav, Udan Patolas, Apharan 2 on Zee 5 and Alt Balaji. She has also written scripts for Vikram Bhatt’s 1920, Rocketry directed by R. Madhavan with Shah Rukh Khan, a film for Netflix directed by Ali Abbas Zaffar starring Diljit Dossanjh.