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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 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.

Mission Mangal
Mission Mangal.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJagan Shakti
Produced by
  • Cape of Good Films
  • Hope Productions
  • Fox Star Studios
  • Aruna Bhatia
  • Anil Naidu
Written by
  • R. Balki
  • Jagan Shakti
  • Nidhi Singh Dharma
  • Saketh Kondiparthi
Story byJagan Shakti
Music by
CinematographyRavi Varman
Edited byChandan Arora
Distributed byFox Star Studios
Release date
  • 15 August 2019 (2019-08-15)[1]
Running time
127 minutes[2]
Budget32 crore[3][4]
Box officeest. 290.02 crore[5][6]

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 290.02 crore worldwide.


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 MoM (Mars Orbiter Mission) is thought of as an impossible mission by his coworkers due its aim of reaching Mars with its tight budget.

Tara, meanwhile, joins a new and better team. Rakesh then 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 2.3*10^3 kg. However, recent significant failures of GSLV have jeopardized the planned future missions.

Eka Gandhi, who is the propulsion control expert, is introduced as a youngster that hates most Indian things and looks for the first chance to get away to NASA. On the other hand, there's the spacecraft autonomy designer Neha Siddiqui, who is struggling with rejection as a result of her intercommunal background. Also, there's the navigation expert Krittika Agarwal, who's a devoted wife that tends 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.

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 5 November 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.



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.[8][9] In early February, Pannu finished her schedule of shooting.[10] 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.[11]

In November 2018, a copyright infringement lawsuit was filed against the makers of the film by the filmmaker Radha Bharadwaj.[12]


Mission Mangal
Soundtrack album by
Released15 August 2019[13]
StudioA T Studios
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company
ProducerAmit Trivedi
External audio
  Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The music of the film is composed by Amit Trivedi and Tanishk Bagchi while lyrics are by Amitabh Bhattacharya and Tanishk Bagchi.

Track listing
1."Dil Mein Mars Hai"Benny Dayal, Vibha Saraf3:05
2."Shaabaashiyaan"Shilpa Rao, Anand Bhaskar, Abhijeet Srivastava4:40
3."Tota Udd" (Music and Lyrics by Tanishk Bagchi)Raja Hasan, Romi2:47
Total length:10:32

Marketing and releaseEdit

Promotion for Mission Mangal outside a multiplex in New Delhi

On 4 July 2019, Kumar unveiled the first look poster of the film.[14] The official teaser of the film was released on 9 July 2019 by Fox Star Studios.[15] The first official trailer of the film was released on 18 July 2019 by Fox Star Studios.[16] The second official trailer of the film was released on 8 August 2019 by Fox Star Studios.[17]

The film was released in India on 15 August 2019, along with Batla House, on the occasion of India's Independence Day.[18]


Critical responseEdit

Mission Mangal received generally positive reviews from critics.[19]

Box officeEdit

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.[20] It recorded collections of 16.75-17 crore on the second day, outperforming in the regions of Mumbai, Mysore and West Bengal.[4][21] On its third day of release, a Saturday, the film collected 23.5 crore nett.[22] It earned 27.5 crore nett on Sunday, marking the highest earning for a Bollywood film in 2019 on a single day.[23] The following day, it showed a drop of 50 percent from Friday's earnings to collect 8.5-8.75 crore nett.[24]

As of 12 October 2019, with a gross of 238.80 crore in India and 51.22 crore overseas, the film has earned 290.02 crore worldwide.[5][6]


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  11. ^ Raman, Sruthi Ganapathy (24 July 2019). "'Mission Mangal' film about 'ordinary people setting out to do extraordinary things', says director". Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  12. ^ Basu, Mohar (22 November 2018). "US-Based Filmmaker Files Lawsuit To Halt Vidya Balan Starrer Mission Mangal's Production". Mid Day. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Mission Mangal - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Jio Saavn.
  14. ^ "'Mission Mangal': Akshay Kumar unveils the first poster of the film". The Times of India. 4 July 2019. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Mission Mangal - Akshay - Vidya - Sonakshi - Taapsee - Sharman - Dir: Jagan Shakti - 15th August". YouTube. Fox Star Studios. 9 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Mission Mangal - Akshay - Vidya - Sonakshi - Taapsee - Sharman - Dir: Jagan Shakti - 15th August". YouTube. Fox Star Studios. 18 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Mission Mangal - New Official Trailer - Akshay, Vidya, Sonakshi, Taapsee, Dir: Jagan Shakti". YouTube. Fox Star Studios. 8 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Mission Mangal". The Times of India. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  19. ^ "Mission Mangal movie review and rating: Critics verdict on Akshay Kumar starrer out". IB Times. 14 August 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  20. ^ Singh, Harminder (16 August 2019). "Mission Mangal Has Excellent First Day". Box Office India. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  21. ^ Singh, Harminder (17 August 2019). "Mission Mangal Is Strong On Day Two". Box Office India. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  22. ^ Singh, Harminder (18 August 2019). "Excellent Growth For Mission Mangal On Saturday". Box Office India. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  23. ^ "Mission Mangal Has Highest Sunday Of 2019 - Box Office India".
  24. ^ "Mission Mangal Good Monday - Batla House Steady - Box Office India".

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