Directed by Jagan Shakti and produced jointly by Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions, Fox Star Studios, Aruna Bhatia and Anil Naidu. The movie is the real-life story based on the launch of Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), Mangalyaan, making it the least expensive mission to Mars. The film tells the story of the group of scientists responsible to lead the mission. The story entails their professional and personal ordeals featuring Akshay Kumar as Rakesh Dhawan, Vidya Balan as Tara Shinde, 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 and H.G. Dattatreya as Ananth Iyer. This is Akshay Kumar’s second film in 2019 based on true events, after ‘Kesari’. The star cast said in different interviews that the story is based on real events in terms of technicalities but the characters are fictionalized. It talks about female empowerment and gender equality as the five women army takes the lead of the project. It is also publicized as India’s first space film exploring a landmark achievement.
The trailer of the movie was released about three weeks ago and has drawn a viewership of about 39 million views. Akshay Kumar launched the project on 5th November 2018, to coincide with the launch of MOM on 5th November in 2013. The movie consists of only two soundtracks, ‘Dil Mein Mars Hai’ and ‘Shaabaashiyaan’, composed by Amit Trivedi and written by Amitabh Bhattacharya.
The film Mission Mangal was able to earn 29.16 crores on day 1 and 25.48 on day 2 respectively, after facing a tough competition with John Abraham starrer Batla House and the season 2 of Sacred Games. So far, this could be Akshay Kumar’s highest opening film, Gold being at the top for now with 25.25 crores. The film has a certified run-time of 127 minutes by British Board of Film Classification.
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