The two actors have last worked together for the 2002 Mani Ratnam film ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’.

Simran, whose latest release in Tamil was Petta opposite superstar Rajinikanth will star opposite Madhavan in his upcoming film Rocketry: The Nambi Effect. The film, based on the life of former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan from Kerala, is written, produced and directed by Madhavan. He would also play Nambi in the film. Simran plays the female lead in the film which is shot simultaneously in Hindi, Tamil and English.  

The crew is currently camped in the US for shooting. Madhavan took to social media to share a bunch of pictures from the set. He revealed that Simran has been roped in to play Mrs Nambi Narayanan in the film. The actor wrote, "15 years later. Thiru and Indira turn into Mr. & Mrs. Nambi Narayanan. #rocketryfilm @ActorMadhavan #actormaddy #rocketrythenambieffect #15yearslater  (sic).”

The duo has earlier worked together for K Balachander’s Paarthale Paravasam (2001) and Mani Ratnam’s Kannathil Muthamittal (2002). Madhavan’s status refers to their character names in Kannathil Muthamittal. The film had received critical acclaim upon release and gone on to win six National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards South, seven Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and Best Film awards at six international film festivals.

Madhavn has grown long locks of hair and beard to befit the role of Nambi, who was falsely implicated in the fake ISRO case of 1994. He also revealed that it takes 14 hours to transform himself into the character he plays. He will be seen in three different looks in the film and has undergone a massive physical transformation to look like a 70-year-old man (Nambi is now 77).

The technical crew of this film includes Sam CS for music, Gopi Amarnath for cinematography and Sathish Surya for editing.  

The film will tell the story of Nambi, who was arrested by the Kerala Police and later questioned by the CBI, while he was working at the ISRO in 1994. He was proved innocent by the court in 1998 and after years of fighting his case, Nambi won a compensation of Rs 50 lakh recently.

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