Verdict - A must see movie
There is a special charm of seeing a well made film on actual events which have taken place in a not so distant past. The film is based on the events leading to the test nuclear explosion of 1998 in Pokhran, India which resulted in India joining the elite group of nuclear nations.
John Abraham plays a government official whose plan for a test nuclear explosion is given a " go ahead" and he is asked to form his core group for this important task. Accordingly John selects members from defence laboratories, intelligence agency, and Indian army thus forming a 6 member group. The group plans and executes the mission undercover as executives of an archaeological group who are restoring ancient forts. Needless to say the hurdles and obstacles are many since it is a top secret mission and the surveillance by the American satellites is a continuous affair. Setting up the infrastructure, getting the nuclear weapon across from the lab, assembling the system are all done at night during the small window available during satellite surveillance. There are technical difficulties to sort out not to speak of environmental problems like a sand storm in which the structure collapses which they have to set up again. John has personal problems too with his wife when he has to explain his long absence from home and he is not found where he said he would be. Unknown to the group they are watched by agents of ISI and CIA who keep reporting to their superiors of some unusual activity at Pokhran. The entire operation headed by John is being supervised by personal secretary to the PM( Boman Irani) from Delhi who provides approvals and smoothens out a few ups and downs in the project.
Credit must be given to Director Abhishek Sharma for making a gripping film which does not slacken even for a minute. All sequences have been shot with the required fast pace and make for interesting viewing. The planning and execution of the entire project has been shown in a very convincing manner. The display of nationalism has been kept at a proper level and jingoism is kept controlled.
With his splendid acting John Abraham carries the film on his shoulders and is ably supported by by the superbly talented Boman Irani.
All technical aspects including cinematography and editing are top class.