Actor R Madhavan, has come under fire for claiming that the Hindu calendar ‘panchang’ assisted ISRO in successfully launching a rocket into space. The actor who made his directorial debut with ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect,’ during a promotional event for his upcoming film spoke about the ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission.
The actor made the remarks while promoting his directorial debut, which premiered at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in May. He made the remarks in Tamil, which musician T M Krishna translated. The actor said, “Indian rockets did not have 3 engines (solid, liquid, and cryogenic) which help western rockets propel themselves into the Martian orbit. Since India lacked, they used the information in the ‘Panchangam’ (Hindu Calendar).
“It has the celestial map with all information on the various planets, their gravitation pulls, sun’s flares deflection etc, all calculated perfectly 1000s of years ago and hence the micro-second [of] the launch was calculated using this Panchangam info,” Madhavan further said as per Krishna’s translation.
After noticing his comment, netizens started to school him. There were some who took a dig at the actor over his latest claims.
Madhavan expressed his pride and satisfaction with his first film as a director, ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect.’
The actor now issued a clarification admitting that it was ignorant in a tweet he wrote, “I deserve this for calling the Almanac the “Panchang” in Tamil. Very ignorant of me. Though this cannot take away for the fact that what was achieved with just 2 engines by us in the Mars Mission. A record by itself. @NambiNOfficial Vikas engine is a rockstar,” the also tagged former ISRO scientist and aerospace engineer Nambi Narayanan, on whom the film is based.
'I Deserve This', R Madhavan On Being Massively Trolled Over His Panchang-ISRO Remark🚀🚀❤️❤️🙏🙏 https://t.co/OqrHj434Bi
— Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) June 26, 2022
He has written, produced and acted in ‘Rocketry’ which is a biopic on Nambi Narayanan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation.