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A paper rocket

Rocket Boys is a brilliant story of how India's scientific-political complex emerged. But it's also a crime on history for portraying a celebrated Dalit scientist as a Muslim villain


Shekhar Gupta
If you are addicted or even curious about the history of independent India in the pre-Google era, watch Rocket Boys on SonyLIV. In eight episodes, it’s a lot of watching, about three full-length feature films’ worth of time.

Yet, you will likely watch it non-stop, sort of breathlessly. There’s fantastic production, acting by Jim Sarbh, Ishwak Singh, Regina Cassandra, Saba Azad, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Rajit Kapoor as Nehru and many more. 

You will watch it wide-eyed if you are blank on where, how and why India’s scientific-political complex emerged. And how did a third element, military, get hyphenated with it.

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First Published: Feb 19 2022 | 9:30 AM IST

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