“A dream isn’t the one you see when you are sleeping, it’s the one that doesn’t let you sleep.”
-APJ Abdul kalam
To land on the orbit of Mars was ISRO’s long seen dream and its completion had its 5th anniversary on 15 August. Also, ISRO itself completed 50 glorious years on this day, a perfect release date for MISSION MANGAL to showcase one of the proudest moments of the nation.
As it is clear by now that the movie is about Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) an ISRO project which made India the first Asian country to reach the Martian orbit and first in the world to do this in the very first attempt. The journey, the obstacles faced are shown in a perfectly balanced drama-reality genre. Mr. Jagan shakti, the director has done a commendable job of paving a middle path between a commercial and a scientific movie. The movie has a subtle approach that leaves upto the audience how they want to take the movie as.
The Bhool Bhulaiya jodi did not fail to impress the audience even after so many years. Akshay Kumar essays the role of a senior scientist Rakesh Dhawan who is a little lunatic as a scientist and a heart throb by his one liners. Vidya Balan leads the female characters as she portrays the project leader. Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Nithya Menen and Kirti Kulkarni all playing scientists for different support functions have done a brilliant job. Sharman Joshi, Dilip Tahil and Sanjay Kapoor have also extended their support and are integral parts of the whole package.
It is interesting to watch a scientist’s personal life glimpse which makes these brainy creatures no different from us. The movie has kept its logic simple so that it comes easy to a layman, it is not too technical like Interstellar or any other hollywood sci-fi movie. The movie is good for all ages and especially for children to give an insight into India’s space science.
A slight recommendation would be to pay attention to the rocket and its terms explained so that you can enjoy the climax at the end. The movie will surely give you those “feel good” vibes if not goosebumps or adrenaline rush. Also, watch it as a piece of cinematic art and don’t think in depth about ISRO and its working otherwise the combination of home science and computer science into space science may seem quite illogical. After all that is the essence of the movie, the Wo-mangal-yan and its success because of the jugaads and despite of the peanut budget.
I’ll rate it at 3 out of 5 and rest my case.
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