Mission Mangal - An Experiment That Will Be Remembered By Every Indian

Mission Mangal - An Experiment That Will Be Remembered By Every Indian

8 Aug 19 @ 5:51 PM | By Nancy Gupta, GitacharYa

Mission Mangal

There is no science without experiment!

Have you ever got goosebumps by just seeing a trailer of a film? If not then you might have not seen the trailer of Mission Mangal! The trailer is everything that people of every age group should see. It is for such an incredible story, that Bollywood is gradually marking its territory at a global level. The trailer has not only ignited the curiosity of India's Magalyaan mission, but it also comes as an inspiration to many!

For a country which was deemed 50 years behind the leaders when it comes to space technology, India's first attempt at an interplanetary mission was successful and India become only the fourth country in the world with a fruitful Mars Mission. You know what? India is the only country to successfully reach Mars orbit in the first attempt itself.

It is where once in a while that a film like Mission Mangal comes in! But first, why do we need a film on India's Mars Orbiter Mission, when there are no films made on things like Chandrayaan? Well, to answer that we need not go too much into the details. The sole reason to make a movie on this is a group of unassuming-looking WOMEN!

Yes, the entire Mars Orbiter Mission was mostly led by women, and not one but a team of women with top-level brains. And they are simple! What great story it is that, that in the world's history, it was the first scientific mission which was mostly led by women. A few of the notable women scientists behind the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) are Ritu Karidhal (Deputy Operations Director), Nandini Harinath (Deputy Operations Director), Anuradha TK (Geosat Programme Director), and Moumita Dutta (Project manager) et al. 

Coming to the film, it boasts of some of the brightest acting talents like Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Sharman Joshi, Kirti Kulhari and H. G. Dattatreya. And the movie traces their journey towards achieving their goal by blending their personal and professional lives, and giving it in everything when it comes in making the nation proud. 

Key features we deducted from the trailer of the film:

•    If we have belief in ourselves, that belief will take us a long way.
•    Women empowerment is not just a preach-about, but it surely exists.
•    No mind is mediocre when it comes to dedication. 
•    It is not necessary that one will succeed in their first attempt.
•    Practice and dedication keep one going in their journey no matter what. 

Well like Akshay said in the trailer, if we don't experiment then we have no right to call ourselves, scientists. Everything in life is based on trial and error - experiment, and life itself is nothing but big equations of chemical imbalances.

Women Empowerment

In the movie, we will get to see not one but five top actresses working together. Mission Mangal is all about the stories of brilliant minds behind such a humongous project. India’s Mars mission is led by women and the story is inspiring on its own. As the director, Jagan Shakti, himself said the picture of women in sarees and gajras looking thrilled at the mission's launch inspired the film. 

As seen in the trailer, some of these scientists are housewives and they still managed to pull off something bigger, that once ISRO only imagined. These women are breaking the 'HE' stereotypical thinking which still exists in our nation. Women don't just belong in the kitchen, but they are leaving men behind in every field. Once a great man said that women should never think that they are inferior to men because it is a universal truth that women are superior to men. Like the wise say, men and women are one. Only that women are 1-squared.

In the trailer, Vidya and Akshay together show us how the notions of home science can be implemented in actual sciences and how we Indians think things in an economical manner. 

Character Breakdown

Akshay Kumar as Rakesh Dhawan – The leader of the pack! Akshay leads a motley team of scientists who overcome their personal challenges and failures to serve as the brilliant brains behind one of the greatest space missions in Indian history. Akshay Kumar's character name is a subtle tribute to the eminent mathematician and aerospace engineer the father of experimental fluid dynamics research in India and also maybe to Rakesh Sharma - first Indian to go into Space. 

Akshay Kumar as Rakesh Dhawan
Akshay Kumar as Rakesh Dhawan

Vidya Balan as Tara Shinde – A housewife who initiates the idea of India’s Mars mission. Someone who is keen on seeing and thinking beyond the box. She applies her home-grown knowledge to science and is desperate to mark India’s name on the global scientific level.

Vidya Balan as Tara Shinde
Vidya Balan as Tara Shinde

Sonakshi Sinha as Eka Gandhi – An aspiring scientist who believes there is more to her professional career if she goes to NASA. But she chooses to stay here, and gives her support and knowledge to India’s Mars Orbiter Mission.

Sonakshi Sinha as Eka Gandhi
Sonakshi Sinha as Eka Gandhi

Taapsee Pannu as Kritika Aggarwal – A woman who spends her time in taking care of her ill husband. She is highly knowledgeable and dedicated a huge share of her time for the Indian Space Program.

Taapsee Pannu as Kritika Aggarwal
Taapsee Pannu as Kritika Aggarwal

Nithya Menen as Varsha Gowda – A scientist who shows that it takes a lot to carry a hulk Hogan sized project on the shoulders of her and her fellow team members.

Nithya Menen as Varsha Gowda
Nithya Menen as Varsha Gowda

Kirti Kulhari as Neha Siddiqui – A software developer who is keen on breaking down complex programming for the mission.

Sharman Joshi as Parmeshwar Naidu – A superstitious scientist who is paranoid about India’s mission to Mars.

H. G. Dattatreya as Ananth Iyer – An elderly man who believes, such a big project needs someone young at heart and experience.

Team Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)

Brains behind Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)
Brains behind Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)


India might not be the first country to have Mars Orbiter, but it surely is it’s first of a kind Mars Mission in the world. ISRO did a successful Mars Mission within 450 crores (lesser than the budget of science fiction film 2.0 which is said to be India's biggest film) which is incredible and every Indian should know about the struggle behind this project. While America’s Mars mission named MAVEN cost about 10 times that of India’s. 

Don't you get goosebumps when Akshay Kumar yells Tell the whole world to COPY THAT! 

Glory to India! 

Directed by R Balki, Mission Mangal is releasing on August 15, 2019. 

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