Starring: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Sharman Joshi, Kirti Kulhari, Vikram Gokhale
Directed by: Jagan Shakti
Produced by: Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions Fox Star Studios, Aruna Bhatia, Anil Naidu
Story by: Jagan Shakti
Music by: Amit Trivedi
Production Company: Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions, Fox Star Studios
Distributed by: Fox Star Studios
Running Time: 2 hours 7 minutes
The story traces the lives of scientists at ISRO who rose against all odds and made MOM (Mars Orbiter Mission) a spectacular success, that too in its maiden attempt. Both Vidya Balan (Tara Shinde) and Rakesh Dhawan (Akshay Kumar) are in the leads for the big mission. Since their last mission was a failure, there’s a huge pressure on the team to make this one successful. Both assemble their team together and the ‘mission impossible’ begins.
Wonder how scientists really do it? Well if you go to theatres with this question in mind, then you’re going to be disappointed. The movie is more about deep patriotism and a willy nilly mix of scientists’ daily humdrum. Throw in some cinematic drama, that is recurrent in the movie, you have yourself the essence of Mission Mangal. Not to say the movie doesn’t do justice to all the hype it created. The film does shed light on the struggles it takes to carry out something as magnificent as putting a satellite into Mars’s orbit. Performance-wise, you’ll love both Akki and Vidya who fit in their roles like gloves. Others in the meaty role like Sonakshi, Taapsee, Sharman, and Kirti are pleasing too. But again, it didn’t focus as much on the sciency-stuff a movie made on Mars mission should. Even the CGI quality is not so good. So there’s that.
The film doesn’t disappoint, not in the least. It’s quite a nationalistic film and it wouldn’t be a waste of time to watch it on the Independence day. You wouldn’t regret booking tickets for this one.