Mission Mangal (2019) – Movie Review

Mission Mangal is a drama film directed by debutant director Jagan Shakti. The film is loosely based on true events of the team at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launching the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), which is India’s first and the least expensive interplanetary expedition to Mars.

It is the semi-biographical film about the team behind ISRO’s first and successful interplanetary mission to Mars. The film stars Akshay Kumar in the lead role of Rakesh Dhawan, the mission director. The film also stars Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, H. G. Dattatreya, Sonakshi Sinha, and Vikram Gokhale in the prominent roles. The film depicts the passion and hard work of this team to make the impossible possible against all odds to make India proud.

The film was released on 15th August, the independence day of India, and the film with the content of national pride and patriotism is enough to attract the people to the movie theatres. And the film surely delivers the same vibe throughout its runtime, but it fails to keep it grounded and real. The film based on a space mission with such powerful and technical content needs the rawness and realism, which this film completely lacks. And when this kind of film moves away from realism then silly things tend to happen, and those really happen.

I agree with the fact that the emotional drive for characters is important in the films to define their actions and to make the things believable, but not to the extent that it overshadows the film’s original content. There are very few shots when we can see these scientists are actually working on Mangalyaan, the rest of the film’s runtime is spent on their personal lives, unnecessary songs, and useless subplots. Undoubtedly, the performances of the actors in the film are the only comforting factor. The visual effects also seem brilliant and real. The film also tries to highlight the factor of woman empowerment, but it gets unnoticed because of stupid storytelling. I seriously think that it could have been made better than what this is.

Verdict : Expect the unexpected (in a bad way). The film is more of an emotional ride than a technical one.

Rating : 3.1/5

Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q10nfS9V090

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