R Madhavan reveals why he won’t ‘direct again’ after Rocketry: The Nambi Effect

R Madhavan, who is making his directorial debut with Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, isn’t sure if he’ll be directing a movie anytime soon. The actor says the process is very ‘tiring’. Madhavan, who has written, directed and has also acted in Rocketry, added that his wife Sarita also wants him to focus on acting for now. Read more: Shah Rukh Khan wanted to be part of Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, R Madhavan told ‘background mein koi bhi rol chalega’

In the film, Madhavan plays Nambi Narayanan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organization, who is known for developing efficient liquid fuel engines. With the film due to hit theaters on July 1, Madhavan was busy with the promotions. On Wednesday, he was in Chennai to meet with the press and talk about the film, which will be released in Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada, except Hindi and English.

When asked if he plans to direct again, Madhavan said there were no immediate plans. “I don’t think I have it in me to direct again. It’s an exhausting process and I have no immediate plans as such to direct. Even with Rocketry, since the original director involved in the film had to leave the project due to his previous commitments, I took on the mantle because I didn’t have time to approach anyone else. Mr. Nambi believed in me and he forced me to take the job and I felt it was my duty to do so.” said Madhavan.

He also said his wife wants him to focus on acting. “My wife wants me to focus on acting for now. I am not Mani Ratnam to confidently make films in different genres. I don’t think I can. If I have to direct again, a story has to really move me,” Madhavan said.

The Tamil version of Rocketry features Suriya in a cameo. Madhavan said the actor took the opportunity and worked in the film without taking a dime. “When I told Suriya that Shah Rukh ji has a small role in the Hindi version and that I wanted him to play the same role in the Tamil version, he immediately said he would. When it came to shooting, Suriya flew his staff to Mumbai’s Mehboob studio and shot for the scene. He booked his own plane tickets and didn’t even charge a cent for his work,” Madhavan said.

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