New Delhi, Rocket Boys Season 2 Review: Rocket Boys 2 begins from where the first season ended. Both the Rocket Boys are now working separately on their respective projects. Homi Bhabha is busy making an atomic bomb and Vikram Sarabhai is busy working in the field of education and peace. The political conditions of the country have changed because, after the death of the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, there has been a change of power with his daughter Indira Gandhi.
The new season covers a decade and a half, from the early 60s to the mid-70s. This is the time when India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru passed away and the next PM Lal Bahadur Shastri was found suspiciously dead in Tashkent. Indira Gandhi had to take over the chair. The first woman prime minister has to prove her mettle and also carry the weight of her legacy on her strong shoulders. The nation is still under construction and every move is now being monitored by other powerful nations.
There is a lot of depth in the writing and dialogues of directors Abhay Pannu and Kausar Munir. The personal lives of the main characters are also shown properly. Its characters are also like common people, by not showing them larger than life, their pains, complaints, and shortcomings have been properly exposed.
Achint Thakkar’s music and Subhash Sahu’s sound design are perfect in every way. The theme music of the show is its life. DOP Harshveer Oberoi has captured the period setup very well. He is not trying to force it on you but gets sharper with his frame.
The casting of Rocket Boys is most impressive as it does not attempt to cast lookalikes of legendary figures. Jim Sarbh and Ishwar Singh, neither of these two looks like real characters, rather their performances are noticed. Charu Shankar gets the chance to play the former late PM of India Indira Gandhi and the best part is that she doesn’t copy her. Charu has done justice to the character of Indira Gandhi.
Saba Azad liked it
Saba Azad as Parwana has got a lot of time this time, but she gets herself noticed in that too. Arjun Radhakrishnan as the People’s President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is quite an interesting casting and will be loved by the audience.
This is the weak link
The story has been taken forward many times in season 2, it confuses the audience a lot. Because it is difficult to do time travel with the show every time. The other weakness is that there is mention of the CIA, but the screenplay never fully exposes that side of the show. Instead, they infuse agency into Namit Das and KC Shankar, who plays Mathur. They are later shown as soap opera vamps who create problems in the lives of the heroes.
Rocket Boys Season 2 Review:
Star Rating: *** (3/5)
Cast: Jim Sarbh, Ishwar Singh, Regina Cassandra, Saba Azad, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Arjun Radhakrishnan, Charu Shankar, Namit Das
Producer: Nikkhil Advani and Abhay Pannu
Director: Abhay Pannu
Streaming On: Sony LIV
Runtime: 8 episodes (all 45 minutes)