of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, Mumbai inventor of 19th century. It was
great to understand that he was supposed to have constructed and flown an airplane
in 1895. Talpade’s airplane was named Marutsakha (wind-friend). It is said that
Wright brothers came up with their first aircraft in 1903 in North Carolina,
eight years after Shivkar achieved this feat. Kesari newspaper of Pune had covered
this event where a curious audience headed by the famous Indian Judge/ Nationalist
/ Mahadeva Givin-da Ranade and HH Sayaji Rao Gaekwad Talpade had the good
fortune to see Marutsakha take off, fly to a height of 1500 feet and then fall
down to earth.
a great performance. The movie projects him as a failure in academics (not
sure, whether this is the creative liberty taken by the film maker or the
truth), but brilliant otherwise. He is being ridiculed by his father and
brother for his poor academic performance. Mithun Chakraborthy, Vedic Scholar
Shastry recognizes the brilliance in Shivi and involves him in project of
making the Vimana. Shivi’s nephew Narayan (Naman Jain) also joins them in this
project. They always faced major threat from British Government.
played by Pallavi Sharda. This love story in the background did slow down the
pace and deviated from the core of the movie a bit.
been added to the script, it is amazing to see how Shastry decoded Vedas for
his research. He used to predict even the favourable time when air would have
supported the airplane to be flown.
character Shivi and how he takes forward Shastry’s research further, and how he
utilized the ancient knowledge of the Vedas, Sanskrit texts, to fly an
aircraft, eight years before his foreign counterparts.
show-stealer is Naman Jain who played Narayan. He effortlessly plays his shots.
challenges faced by Shivi. If that could not have been the case, probably India
would have had Shivkar Bapuji Talpade completing his research and come up with
the successful aircraft.
moments of pride.