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, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, H. G. Dattatreya and Vikram Gokhale. The film is loosely based on the life of scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation who contributed to the Mars Orbiter Mission, India's first interplanetary expedition.
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|Directed by||Jagan Shakti|
|Story by||Jagan Shakti|
|Music by||Songs & Score:|
|Edited by||Chandan Arora|
|Distributed by||Fox Star Studios|
|Box office||est. ₹290.59 crore|
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 Baghchi along with Amitabh Bhattacharya, 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 earned ₹290.59 crore worldwide, becoming a commercial success.
After the failed launch of GSLV-F06 on 25 December 2010, due to a small mistake by Project Director Tara Shinde, Rakesh Dhawan, a fellow scientist working with her, takes the blame for her. As a result, he is relocated to work on Mangalyaan as punishment. The new GSLV missions are given to Rupert Desai, a NASA scientist of Indian origin. The MoM (Mars Orbiter Mission) is thought of as an impossible mission by his coworkers due its aim of reaching Mars with its tight budget.
Rakesh learns that MoM cannot take off on the PSLV since the available technology has a payload of only 1500 kg 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 2300 kg. However, recent significant failures of GSLV have jeopardised the planned future missions.
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. They would use bursts of gas to push the MoM satellite further into Earth's outside orbit, and then slingshot it using Earth's gravitational sphere, successfully saving fuel. 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. When Tara and Rakesh ask Rupert to lend them expert members of his team, Rupert instead gives them junior scientists and engineers, who have little to no experience in mission launches.
First, there is Eka Gandhi, propulsion control expert, a youngster that hates most Indian things and looking for any chance to get away to NASA. Then there is the spacecraft autonomy designer Neha Siddiqui, who is struggling with rejection as a result of her intercommunal background. Navigation expert Krittika Agarwal is a devoted wife tending to her ex-serviceman husband Rishi Agarwal, who was severely wounded in action. 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. Parmeshwar Joshi, payload expert, relies more on the priest and his advice to and develops a romantic interest in Eka. Lastly, there is Ananth Iyenger, the team's structural engineer.
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. Tara and Rakesh realise that the junior scientists working on the project have low morale and motivation to make this mission happen, leading to the team slowing down. Tara soon realises that in order to meet their budget and schedule, she must make the team members change their attitudes, and motivate them to make their dream jobs into a reality. She is successful with this, and the team puts all their hardwork and energy into solving the issues with the mission, and making it happen.
The MoM satellite is finally launched on PSLV on 5 November 2013 (after an 8-day delay due to weather), and is named Mangalyaan (Sanskrit: Mars-Craft) and is successfully inserted into Earth's orbit. Rakesh and his team celebrates the successful launch. However, while doing the sixth orbit-raising manoeuvre, the jets fail to launch, pushing the mission 6 days behind. Rupert mocks the team, while Tara continues to keep hope that something will happen. Couple months later, on the way to Mars, the satellite is hit by a solar radiation wave, heavily damaging the communication systems of the satellite. When the team manages to regain communications, they realise that the solar radiation had increased the speed of the satellite and pushed it further, making up the 6 day gap they had incurred while doing the orbital manoeuvres with Earth. 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 : Mission Mangal director
- Vidya Balan as Tara Shinde: Project director
- Vikram Gokhale as Director of ISRO
- Sonakshi Sinha as Eka Gandhi: Propulsion Control Expert
- Taapsee Pannu as Kritika Aggarwal: Navigation Expert and Rishi's wife
- Nithya Menen as Varsha Pillai: Satellite Engineer
- Kirti Kulhari as Neha Siddiqui: Spacecraft Autonomy Designer and Payload Expert
- Sharman Joshi as Parmeshwar Joshi: Payload Expert
- H. G. Dattatreya as Ananth Iyengar: Structural Engineer
- Sanjay Kapoor as Sunil Shinde, Tara's husband
- Dalip Tahil as Rupert Desai: NASA scientist
- Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Rishi Aggarwal: Ex-Serviceman and Kritika's husband
- Purab Kohli as Vivek Pillai, Varsha's husband
- Mohan Kapoor as Swami
- Arjan Kapoor as Sanjay Kumar: Reporter
- Rohan Joshi as Dilip Shinde, Tara and Sunil's son
- Anirban Bhattacharyya as Abhishek Sangha: TV Presenter
- Kashmira Pardeshi as Anya Shinde, Tara and Sunil's daughter
- Manish Borundia as Kaushal Saini: ISRO Employee
- Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India (archived footage)
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.
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|Released||15 August 2019|
|Studio||A T Studios|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Zee Music Company|
Tanishk Bagchi was roped in as a guest composer, and wrote and composed a promotional song, "Tota Udd".
|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 : Tanishk Bagchi)||Raja Hasan, Romi||2:47|
Mission Mangal received generally positive reviews from critics. Rajeev Masand of News 18 gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and said, "Ultimately, Mission Mangal is enjoyable and entertaining. Even the jingoism doesn’t feel entirely out of place. Director Jagan Shakti delivers a space movie that lifts off and frequently soars." Raja Sen of Hindustan Times gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and said, "The facts are stupendous, but director Jagan Shakti decides to go fast and fictional, creating an underdog story that — while often likeable — plays out like a fable."
On its first day of release, Mission Mangal earned ₹29.16 crore nett in India to become the third 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 Kolkata. 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.
As of 12 October 2019[update], with a gross of ₹238.80 crore in India and ₹51.79 crore overseas, the film has earned ₹290.59 crore worldwide and have become seventh Highest gross Bollywood movie of 2019.
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