Independence Day released Mission Mangal is making noise for all right reasons. The film, which is based on the true story of India's mission to Mars, stars Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Tapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari and Sharman Joshi in pivotal roles. Helmed by Jagan Shakti and co-produced by PadMan director R Balki, the film is slated to release on August 15, 2019, along with John Abraham's Batla House. (All photos/Fox Star India's official Instagram account)
What's more special about the film?
"NASA sent a satellite to Mars for close to Rs 6000 crore and ISRO did it in only Rs 450 crore. Just see the difference. A little common sense and we saved a lot of money. Can you believe this story has not been told yet? I want to tell it, that's why I came on board," said Mission Mangal director Jagan Shakti.
A look at the characters of Mission Mangal!
Akshay Kumar as Rakesh Dhawan: Akshay plays a bachelor of science in Mission Mangal. He believes there's no science without experiment. Earlier, the actor had revealed the reason why he chose to do Mission Mangal. He said that he did the film for his daughter, Nitara Bhatia, and children of her age to familiarise them with the incredible true story of India's mission to Mars.
Vidya Balan as Tara Shinde: Vidya Balan plays a scientist in Mission Mangal, whose home science game is unparalleled. Vidya had told in an earlier interview that she fell in love with the story of Mission Mangal the moment director Jagan Shakti and producer R Balki narrated her the script.
Sonakshi Sinha as Eka Gandhi: Sonakshi plays an independent scientist in Mission Mangal who knows innovation at its best. One will get to see some interesting hacks by her in the film.
Nithya Menen as Varsha Pillai: Multiple award-winning south Indian actress Nithya Menen is making her Bollywood debut with Mission Mangal. She plays a very important part in the film as Varsha is the woman behind the name M.O.M: Mars Orbiter Mission, it will be interesting to find out how in the film. One can see Purab Kohli in the poster, though, the makers have kept his role under wraps!
Taapsee Pannu as Kritika Aggarwal: Taapsee plays a passionate Comms Specialist in Mission Mangal. She is a simple, loving woman who loves her job. Actor Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub essays the role of Taapsee Pannu's supportive husband.
Kirti Kulhari as Neha Siddiqui: Kirti, who was seen in Uri: The Surgical Strike, plays a scientist in Mission Mangal, who believes that science has no religion.
Sharman Joshi as Parmeshwar Naidu: Sharman plays a quirky character in Mission Mangal, a scientist who is superstitious! The makers claim that Sharma's character is sure to make you laugh!
Backed by R Balki and Akshay Kumar, directed by Jagan Shakti, Mission Mangal makers are hoping that the film becomes a landmark in Indian cinema, much like the Hollywood sci-fi films. A film that inspires as much as it entertains.
As one of the most talked-about films of the year Mission Mangal inches closer to its release, the excitement around the film is only increasing. Here's a look at the characters of Mission Mangal
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