Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jagan Shakti|
|Story by||Jagan Shakti|
|Edited by||Chandan Arora|
|Distributed by||Fox Star Studios|
|Box office||est. ₹200.20 crore|
Mission Mangal (transl. Mission Mars) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by Jagan Shakti and jointly produced by Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions, Fox Star Studios, Aruna Bhatia, and Anil Naidu. The film stars an ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, H. G. Dattatreya, Vikram Gokhale and Sonakshi Sinha. It loosely follows the scientists at Indian Space Research Organisation who contributed to the Mars Orbiter Mission, India's first interplanetary expedition.
Mission Mangal was announced in November 2018. Shakti, who worked as associate director on Pad Man (2018), pitched the script to Kumar. Principal photography for the film began in November 2018. The film's soundtrack was composed by Amit Trivedi and Tanishk Bagchi with lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and Bagchi, and released under the banner Zee Music Company. Mission Mangal was theatrically released in India on 15 August 2019, India's Independence Day. It received positive reviews from critics, and has earned ₹200.20 crore worldwide.
After the failed launch of GSLV-F06 on December 25, 2010, due to Project Director Tara Shinde small mistake, Rakesh Dhawan, a fellow scientist working with her, takes the blame on him. As a result, he is relocated to work on Mangalyaan as a punishment. The MoM (Mars Orbiter Mission) is thought as an impossible mission by his coworkers as of it's aim to reach Mars given it's tight budget.
Tara joins a new, better team. Meanwhile, Rakesh learns that MoM cannot take off on the PSLV since the available technology has a payload of only 1500 kgs and not enough fuel to fire the rocket to be carried to a distance of almost 5.5*10^7 kilometres. GSLV, if it had succeeded, could have taken the satellite to Mars as it had a payload of 2.3*10^3 kgs. However recent significant failures of GSLV have jeopardized the planned future missions.
Eka Gandhi who is the propulsion control expert, starts off as a youngster, hates most Indian things and looks for the first chance to get away to NASA while, Spacecraft autonomy designer Neha Siddiqui is fighting social ostracism owing to her minority status and the navigation expert Krittika Agarwal, a devoted wife, tend to her Army man husband Rishi Agarwal when he is injured in the line of duty. Varsha Pillai, the satellite designer and payload expert, battles with her mother-in-law’s taunts at home for not being able to bear a child.
Back at home, Tara is badly caught in between balancing her career and her family. One day at home, while frying 'Puris', Tara's maid informs of insufficient gas to cook all the 'Puris', to which Tara tells her to heat the oil and turn off the gas, and turn it back on if oil cools down. Which sparks her an idea to launch the MoM using PSLV. She approaches Rakesh with the idea, who is convinced. The duo tries to get the other team members on board, but instead are mocked, though they later are convinced too along with Director of ISRO.
However, after the announcement of India's second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, the mission's budget is cut by 50%. In between the tight schedule and minuscule budget, Tara and Rakesh continue to work on their MoM project by making several compromises.
The MoM satellite is finally launched on PSLV on November 5, 2013, and is named Mangalyaan (Sanskrit: Mars-Craft) and is successfully inserted into Earth's orbit. Rakesh and his team celebrates the successful launch. After spending 298-day transit to Mars, MoM satellite is inserted into Mars orbit on 24 September 2014, making the country 4th in the world to do so and the first country to do it in the first attempt.
- Akshay Kumar as Rakesh Dhawan
- Vidya Balan as Tara Shinde
- Vikram Gokhale as Director of ISRO
- Sonakshi Sinha as Eka Gandhi
- Taapsee Pannu as Kritika Aggarwal
- Nithya Menen as Varsha Pillai
- Kirti Kulhari as Neha Siddiqui
- Sharman Joshi as Parmeshwar Naidu
- H. G. Dattatreya as Ananth Iyer
- Sanjay Kapoor as Sunil Shinde
- Dalip Tahil as Rupert Desai
- Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Rishi Aggarwal
- Purab Kohli as Vivek Pillai
- Mohan Kapoor as Swami
- Arjun Kapoor as Reporter
- Rohan Joshi as Dilip Shinde
- Kashmira Paradeshi as Anya Shinde
On 5 November 2018, to coincide with 5 November 2013, the day the Mars Orbiter Mission was launched, Mission Mangal was announced. Principal photography for the film began later in mid-November. In early February, Pannu finished her schedule of shooting. Shakthi initially had Mohanlal and Sridevi in mind for the roles played by Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan. Shakthi pitched the idea to Kumar while working as an associate director to R. Balki in Kumar's Pad Man.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Studio||A T Studios|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Zee Music Company|
|1.||"Dil Mein Mars Hai"||Benny Dayal, Vibha Saraf||3:05|
|2.||"Shaabaashiyaan"||Shilpa Rao, Anand Bhaskar, Abhijeet Srivastava||4:40|
|3.||"Tota Udd" (Music and Lyrics by Tanishk Bagchi)||Raja Hasan, Romi||2:47|
Marketing and release
On 4 July 2019, Kumar unveiled the first look poster of the film. The official teaser of the film was released on 9 July 2019 by Fox Star Studios. The first official trailer of the film was released on 18 July 2019 by Fox Star Studios.The second official trailer of the film was released on 8 August 2019 by Fox Star Studios.
Mission Mangal received generally positive reviews from critics.
On its first day of release, Mission Mangal earned ₹29.16 crore nett in India to become the second highest-opening for a Bollywood film in 2019, and Kumar's highest opening ever. It recorded collections of ₹16.75-17 crore on the second day, outperforming in the regions of Mumbai, Mysore and West Bengal. On its third day of release, a Saturday, the film collected ₹23.5 crore nett. It earned ₹27.5 crore nett on Sunday, marking the highest earning for a Bollywood film in 2019 on a single day. The following day, it showed a drop of 50 percent from Friday's earnings to collect ₹8.5-8.75 crore nett.
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The film was a quickie made in no time and shot for around 30 days and at a production cost of just 32 crore (without Akshay Kumar and P&A)...
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