John Abraham’s Parmanu is one of the most awaited movies of the year. The movie is all set to hit the theaters. It is set amidst the Pokhran II Nuclear Blasts carried out as an undercover operation in India.
The code name for India’s first ever nuclear test was ready to cope well with difficulties once again. The movie makers decided to choose the same venue where the nuclear tests were carried out- In Pokhran, Rajasthan which is about 350 km from the Capital. As per the secretary general, the tests were an under wrap. There was a colossal pressure on Atal Bihari Vajpayee government for not conducting the tests as the U.S. satellites were keeping an eye on every move in India. However, the covert operation was successful in May 1998 and was marked as a bureaucratic victory.
The entire movie is based on true events. The intrigue that the team kept the core concern. Tests were carried out by the government led by Vajpayee, and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam who was the scientific advisor of the project. It was named “Operation Shakti” and five nuclear explosions were befallen. Two on May 13 and the remaining on May 11, 1998.
“The thermonuclear device was placed in a shaft codenamed ‘White House’, which was over 200m deep, the fission bomb was placed in a 150 m deep shaft codenamed ‘Taj Mahal’, and the first sub-kiloton device in ‘Kumbhkaran’. The first three devices were placed in their respective shafts on 10 May, and the first device to be placed was the sub-kiloton device in the ‘Kumbhkaran’ shaft, which was sealed by the army engineers by 8:30 pm.”- said an article in
Nevertheless, the news went into the ears of the western authorities before expected, thus making a diplomatic pressure on the country.
“Work was mostly done during the night, and equipment was returned to the original place to give the impression that it was never moved. Bomb shafts were dug under camouflage netting and the dugout sand was shaped like dunes, a natural sand formation in the Thar. Cables for sensors were covered with sand and concealed using native vegetation. Scientists would not depart for Pokhran in groups of two or three. They traveled to destinations other than Pokhran under pseudonyms, and were then transported by the army.” – said an article published in the Quint.