Madhavan stated that he hasn’t had a chance to make any money because he has been so busy with Rocketry – The Nambi Effect for the last few years.
After Vikram Vedha in 2017, actor R Madhavan said he “didn’t make any money” in the previous four years, and now his directorial debut, Rocketry – The Nambi Effect, put everything on the line. He has, however, appeared in a few streaming releases, which he claims have “kept the fires” burning in his home.
Madhavan told Film Companion on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival that he is “constantly afraid” of Rocketry.
“I have a son,” he explained. Covid was there. During Covid, I made no money. I didn’t make any money for the two years preceding Covid because I was working on this film. The one-off chances I took on OTT to keep the fires burning kept me alive, but aside from that, I haven’t done any films. My most recent film was Vikram Vedha, so there’s always fear.”
He thanked his wife Sarita for her “outstanding support.” Despite his exhaustion, she told him he was happy. “I said I’d trade all the money in the world for it,” Madhavan explained.
Madhavan plays Doctor Nambi Narayanan, a space scientist embroiled in a spy scandal, in Rocketry. In an interview with Variety, Madhavan joked that he directed Rocketry despite never having made a film before, not even on an iPhone.
When original director Anant Mahadevan left the project a few days into filming, Madhavan said he had a “breakdown,” but Narayanan encouraged him to take over as director because he understood the subject so well. In addition to taking creative liberties, Madhavan insisted on removing stories from the film to make it more ‘believable.’
Simran, Rajit Kapur, Ravi Raghavendra, Misha Ghoshal, Gulshan Grover, Karthik Kumar, and Dinesh Prabhakar co-star with Shah Rukh Khan and Suriya in the film. After premiering at the ongoing Cannes Film Market, the film will be released in July.