The Rocket Boys 2 Review: The series is a compelling drama that works because of its well-written screenplay. Jim Sarbh and Ishwak Singh’s earnest performances do justice to the inherently engaging plot, says our review.
By Roktim Rajpal: Rocket Boys emerged as one of the most talked-about shows of 2021 because of its meticulously-crafted screenplay and earnest performances. Its second season lives up to the standards set by the first one and proves to be a highly watchable affair despite minor shortcomings.
Rocket Boys Season 2 revolves around Homi J Bhabha (Jim Sarbh) and Vikram Sarabhai (Ishwak Singh) as they battle the odds to fulfill their dreams at a time when the country is going through political turmoil. The narrative also examines the strained relationship between the visionaries.
Rocket Boys Season 2, like the first installment, plays out like an underdog story. It highlights how the protagonists try to fight the bureaucracy and the changing dynamics of the country to make their ideas a reality. Moreover, their interpersonal equations are more complex and denser this time around.
The show’s inherently engaging plot reaches its potential as the screenplay relies more on ‘showing’ and less on ‘telling’.This makes it easier for one to invest in the reel action.
The Rocket Boys Season 2 could so easily have been bogged down by scientific jargon. This, however, does not happen as the focus always remains on the aspirations of the characters involved. Similarly, the political undertones don’t overshadow the core plot. Take the sequences that show the aftermath of Jawaharlal Nehru’s death, for instance. They focus on the struggles of Indira Gandhi as she tries to come to terms with the harsh reality. This gives the track a human touch.
Similarly, in a particularly moving scene, Homi J Bhabha and Jawaharlal Nehru (Rajit Kapur) discuss the importance of passing on one’s legacy. The sequence is emotionally charged and prepares one for the turbulence that lies ahead..
An intense scene in which Ishwak Singh confronts Jim Sarbh too packs a punch because of the realistic yet caustic dialogue. The sequences between Ishwak and Regina Cassandra too stand out as their silences do the talking. They do a good job of highlighting the vulnerable side of these characters.
On the flip side, a key scene where a character finds himself in a life-threatening situation does not live up to expectations. The intense background score, ironically, dilutes its impact. The Rocket Boys Season 2 also feels a bit slow at points. This, however, was inevitable given its subject. Moreover, the subplot involving Saba Azad could have been fleshed out better.
Ishwak Singh’s performance is one of the biggest highlights of Rocket Boys Season 2. The actor has internalised his character quite well. He is at his best in the emotional scenes and conveys a lot through his eyes.
Jim Sarbh, too, puts his best foot forward and impresses with his unmissable sincerity. His anger in a key sequence where he tells Raza (Dibyendu Bhattacharya) to get lost is hard to miss.
Regina shines despite having limited scope. She channels her character’s griefs and insecurities with a fair degree of competence.
Dibyendu is convincing in a layered role. He shines bright in a crucial scene where he begs Jim to trust him. Saba Azad and Rajit Kapur are underutilised. The rest of the cast serves its purpose.
To conclude, The Rocket Boys Season 2 is a well-executed saga that makes for a good watch because of its relatable yet layered narrative.
3.5 out of 5 for Rocket Boys Season 2.