Is it a Sin Being A Hindu? Nambi Narayanan Responds to Anupama’s Hinduphobic Review

Padma Bhushan award winner and Rocket scientist Nambi Narayanan has reacted to criticism of his image as a Hindu in his biopic ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect‘, where R. Madhavan is playing his role. A video clip from one of his interviews went viral on social media in which Nambi Narayanan asked if it is a sin to be a Hindu.

Nambi Narayanan reacts to criticism

‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ was released in theaters on 1st July 2022. R Madhavan, making his directional debut, has helmed the film. He has also played the lead role of Nambi Narayanan. Meanwhile, some leftist media criticized portraying Nambi Narayanan as a practicing Hindu in this film.


In an interview, reacting to that criticism, Nambi Narayanan said, “It is funny sometimes. You know somebody wrote a review saying that Nambi Narayanan is shown as Hindu. Nambi Narayanan is doing some Utsavam, reciting Suprabhatam, this, that, and all kinds of things. He is a Brahmin. He is a Hindu. Hindutva is being shown. I just wanted to ask you – I am a Hindu. I mean I have no shame in saying that. Is it a sin to be a Hindu?”

“When I am a Hindu and my story is shown, they will show me as a Hindu only. They can’t put me as a Muslim or as a Christian. So what is it that we are talking about? Is it a sin to be a Brahmin? I am not a Brahmin, that is a different question. Is it a sin? If there is a Brahmin fellow, you will just cut him short. There are so many Brahmins, who have given their lives for this country. Not just one. I can give you a list. So the point I am making is we are unnecessarily coloring the issue,” he added.

Support from politicians

The former ISRO scientist further added that he received support from politicians from two opposite ends of the ideological scope, and that matters to him more than anything. He said, “We see Narendra Modi as a BJP leader, not as a Prime Minister. For your information, I will tell you. Forget about Narendra Modi. Do you know that the present chief minister of Kerala has given me excellent support? In what way his support is less? He has cut down on the fighting of my case. So you will call me a communist fellow?”


“You are trying to brand me as a BJP person etc. I am just trying to be very frank with you. Maybe I am wrong but you correct yourself either in your future questions or in understanding the issue. Now, tomorrow you will find, I am sure, it may be a Shiv Sena fellow or it may be a party that has nothing to do with me. When they support me, don’t color me with them. I am happy to note, actually speaking, that Narendra Modi and Pinarayi Vijayan both are two extremes. If they both support me, don’t you think I have a reason to be happy? Is it not proving that there is merit in my case? Otherwise, why the hell these people are coming and supporting me? So I am very happy about it and I have no inclination to color myself with that political line,” he adds.

Here’s the video:

Previously, film critic Anupama Chopra had reviewed the film and had expressed her objections to showing Nambi Narayanan as a practicing Hindu in this film.

She wrote, “It’s admirable that the film has brought Narayanan’s many accomplishments into the spotlight, but the screenplay repeatedly underlines his patriotism and also leans pointedly into his religion. Our first visual of Narayanan is in the puja room at his home. At crucial moments, he prays. Narayanan is a true-blue Hindu patriot.”