Was Homi Bhabha killed in a CIA plot as implied by Rocket Boys? Director Abhay Pannu addresses inclusion of conspiracy theory

Rocket Boys Director Abhay Pannu spoke about including a plot point in the show that can trace its origins to a conspiracy theory. Homi J Bhabha, played by Jim Sarbh in the Sony LIV series, died in a plane crash in 1966. The series implies that the CIA contributed to his death.

During a conversation with comedian Rohan Joshi, the director was asked why the conspiracy theory is so present in the series, as if it were a fact. Pannu cited a book by former CIA agent Robert Crowley, in which he “confessed” that the conspiracy theory was, in fact, based on fact. He also admitted that several fictional characters were created for dramatic effect, but said it was not strange to assume something fishy was going on because he had read that the CIA and KGB had infiltrated the PMO, and that the CIA even funded Indian magazines after independence.

He said: “When I was doing my research, there was a lot of information that the CIA had stationed personnel in the field, in India, at the top of the bureaus. Also, in the 1950s and 1960s mainly, the CIA started publishing houses in India, funded by the CIA, and also transmitted information. This is where the character of Prosenjit Dey comes from. All of the characters that have been written on the show are inspired by something I read or something we encountered.

He added: “I wouldn’t say it’s completely fictional, and I wouldn’t say it’s completely factual. Of course, we dramatized it a bit. Was Vishwesh Mathur so close to Homi Bhabha? Absolutely not. Was he even a real person? No, he wasn’t… I have a feeling if the PMO was infiltrated by the CIA or the KGB, why not the board of the Atomic Energy Commission? These characters are based on real people, but they aren’t real people.

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Also starring Ishwak Singh as Vikram Sarabhai, Regina Cassandra as Mrinalini Sarabhai, Saba Azad as Parwana Irani, Rajit Kapur as Jawaharlal Nehru and Arjun Radhakrishna as APJ Abdul Kalam, the show debuted on SonyLIV on February 4. been mostly shot.

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