Mission Mangal, a movie that boasts a star cast of Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Kriti Kulhari, Nithya Menen and H R Dattatrey is all set to release on the 15th of August this year.

The film is based on India’s first satellite to Mars. Jagan Shakti is directing the movie and it will recreate India’s first interplanetary mission which was also known as Mangalyaan. This is the first feature film by Shakti who has earlier assisted R Balki on 2018’s Pad Man and AR Murugadoss on 2014’s Holiday and 2016’s Akira.

It is common knowledge among film critics that Kumar has, of late, been leaning towards scripts which have a strong patriotic flavour. Hence, it came as no surprise that he chose to star in the movie. Vidya Balan and Taapsee Pannu are, of course, fantastic actresses who’ve starred in some brilliant movies.

“When I was assisting Balki on Pad Man, I mentioned the idea to Akshay Kumar. He liked it. Akshay Kumar exudes a sense of realism. He is the most grounded star. He is also very connected with audiences,” said Shakti to Scroll.

“I got permission to interview the team behind the launch. There was an entire team behind the mission, and there was no single hero. It is a 17,000-strong company, and so many people chipped in. The core team had about six women and four men, apart from the chairperson,” he added. “The one thing that struck me in my interviews with the women was that they were so simple. If you saw them at a market or a bus stand, you wouldn’t guess that they were scientists. They have a very positive outlook. They were ordinary people setting out to do extraordinary things. Every time they hit a roadblock, they found a simpler solution.”

Watch the trailer below:

 

India’s very own Chandrayaan 2 successfully blasted off on the 22nd of July, 2019. 

Chandrayaan 2 is set to land on the moon’s surface after 48 days through meticulously planned orbital phases. It is the first lunar spacecraft that will explore the south pole of the moon, something that no country has ever done before. Chandrayaan 1, which was launched in 2008, helped confirm the presence of water on the moon’s surface. But the south pole of the moon is permanently shadowed and is reported to contain almost 250 tonnes of water ice in the numerous deep craters. Chandrayaan 2 aims to confirm these reports.

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