Mission Mangal is based on true events.
The teaser for 'Mission Mangal', starring Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi and Nithya Menen was released recently. The movie will take us through India’s maiden Mars mission, Mangalyaan.
Here are 6 things you need to know about Mission Mangal before you go watch this movie.
1. Based On True Events
This movie is based on the true story of scientist Rakesh Dhawan, Tara Shinde and their team's effort to launch the first satellite to Mars. It is a story that depicts ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Rakesh Dhawan is played by Akshay Kumar while Vidya Balan plays the role of Tara Shinde. The film, directed by Jagan Shakti, comes six years after the occurrence of the actual events.
2. Gives An Insider's Perspective Of India's First Unmanned Space Mission To Mars
It was launched on 5th November 2014 from Sriharikota, the coast of Bay of Bengal. Mangalyaan reached Mars on 24th September in the morning. It was launched on India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C25 rocket and is used to scan the atmosphere and surface of the red planet. Mangalyaan is the size of a Tata Nano car and weighs just 1,350 kg, which is lesser than an SUV. ISRO only took 15 months to complete the manufacturing process of Mangalyaan. It travelled a total of 670 million km in more than 10 months but it was initially designed with a life span of 6 months.
3. Captures The Success Of ISRO Perfectly
India became the first country to launch a probe into Mars’ orbit in the very first go. The mission was called M.O.M (Mars Orbiter Mission). With this mission, India joined the elite group of the US, the European Space Agency and Russia’s Martian explores where even China and Japan have failed. India is the first Asian country to have achieved this.
4. The Original Space Mission Made Headlines For Its Incredibly Low Budget
While the movie 'Gravity', which detailed a fictional space mission to the International Space Orchestra, cost its producers about $100 million, Mangalyaan mission was carried out on a budget of only $74 million which is only about one-tenth of what it cost NASA to send its MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) spacecraft.
5. The Movie Aims To Inspire Nationalistic Pride
The movie is said to inspire generations to dream big and achieve the impossible. Akshay Kumar recently revealed that he specially made this film for his daughter Nitara and children like her from all over the country. He hoped that by seeing the film, millions of Indian kids will be inspired by the incredible story of an underdog and India's first unmanned space mission to Mars.
6. Akshay Kumar's Dream Movie
In an Instagram post recently, the prolific actor revealed that it was one of his dreams to be a part of a movie about space as he is a fan of popular sci-fi movies such as Star Trek, Star Wars and Gravity. Akshay said that he hoped Mission Mangal would inspire people more than just entertain them.
The movie is all set to release on 15th August.