Quick Review: Mission Mangal

by Rinku Gupta
Mission Mangal produced by Fox Star and Hope Films is directed by Jagan Shakti and stars Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Kriti Kulhari, Nithya Menen, Sonakshi Sinha, Sharman Joshi, Sanjay Kapoor and Dattatreya.

The film is based on the success story of the  launch of the Mangalyaan by ISRO. Thanks to Indian scientists who used thier innovative skills, the joyrney to Mars was made possible at a fraction of the cost and that too at the first attempt, both being unique records  set by any country. Akshay plays the head of the project while Vidya Balan is casy as an important collegue who helps him greatly in putting things together,  inspiring the team and thinking out of the box,  to make the impossible possible.  Sanjay Kapoor plays her husband.
Each of the other lead actors head various departments on the project. How each of them overcomes personal issues and manage to work as a successful team, and together make the nation proud is the story.

The movie is inspirational  and  motivating with emotional highlights that make you feel proud. Particularly touching are the references to the legendary scientist  Abdul Kalam and the photos showing how pioneering Indian scientists put together ISRO 50 years ago, with minimal means and a passion for science as fuel to thier dreams. The movie highlights that nothing is impossible if you follow your passion sincerely and proves that could indeed be true.
Ravi Varman's camerawork is a big plus. The scenes are simplistic but adapted I  a way as to make the mission and the odds they were up against along with the solutions understandable by the masses.
The screenplay moves at a steady pace shifting from the home front and personal lives of the characters to the  mission in hand.
On the flip side some digressions like Tara's  ( Balan)   son wanting to convert or the team breaking into a dramatic song didn't seem necessary to the story.  Many scenes seemed staged, and slightly artificial in the attempts at humor or clever lines.
But overall a must watch film for the family. 

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