John Abraham‘s much-awaited ‘Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran‘ movie is all set to hit the theatres on May 25. The film made headlines because of the legal battle. JA Productions and KriArj landed in legal trouble owing to the failure of payments by the latter. It was recently reported that Prernaa Arora’s KriArj Entertainment apparently failed to pay Rs. 5.65 crore that they owed to JA Entertainment because of which they were dragged to court.
The movie is unlikely a war-drama. As the name suggests, Pokhran, it is placed in Rajasthan where the nuclear tests were carried out. The test was a top-secret mission owing to the international pressure of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government to not carry the tests and the US’s satellites were spying every moment of India. However, not paying any heed, the tests were successfully carried out in May 1998. It is the same thing which John Abraham will attempt to present on silver screen. In the movie, John will play the role of army officer Ashwat Rana, the in-charge of the entire operation. He has a team including specialists from different fields.
The tests were carried out by Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was the scientific advisor for the project. The operation was called as ‘Operation Shakti’ and five nuclear explosions took place -three on May 11, 1998, and two on May 13. The Indian agencies tried many methods to hide their operations from the US satellite. Most of the work was carried in the daylight as the desert of Pokhran provides no cover, artificial sand dunes were created to give it a natural feel.
According to an article in WION, “the thermonuclear device was placed in a shaft codenamed ‘White House’, which was over 200 m deep, the fission bomb was placed in a 150 m deep shaft codenamed ‘Taj Mahal’, and the first sub-kiloton device in ‘Kumbhkaran’. The first three devices were placed in their respective shafts on 10 May, and the first device to be placed was the sub-kiloton device in the ‘Kumbhkaran’ shaft, which was sealed by the army engineers by 8:30 pm.”
The bombs were flown to Jaisalmer from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai. And from there they were taken to Pokhran through trucks. Scientists also wore army uniform to stay under the radar. Every attempt was made to show that the Indian Army was going to do it’s business as usual. Earlier, India showed interest to conduct nuclear tests before 1998 but the country faced enormous diplomatic pressure which halted the operation.
With the tests, India joined 5 other big states. Initially, the country faced some problem but later everyone accepted that India is no longer a state that will walk by the rules set by others.