Bollywood seems to have found a new obsession in space, or to be precise, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Thanks to the media, millions of Indians are suddenly finding out the glories of our scientists and realizing that we are smarter than NASA.
ISRO’s story is the tale of a classic dark horse which was never in the race but eventually trumped everyone to emerge the winner. Now cashing in on the trend is Mission Mangal.
Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu and Nithya Menon play lead roles in this film. Even though the movie was competing with John Abraham’s Batla House on BO, yet riding high on Chandrayan’s success, this movie has managed to rise to the expectations of the audience.
The first-day collection of the film is ₹29.16 crore in India, making it the second-highest opening of 2019 and Akshay’s highest opening ever. Interestingly, Ekta Kapoor too has forayed into sci-fi films with upcoming web-series, M.O.M based on India’s Mars Orbiter Mission. Casting seasoned actors like Ashish Vidyarthi, Mohan Joshi, Sakshi Tanwar and Mona Singh, Ekta seems to have hit the right chords. The trailer was launched recently and looked impressive.
Tamil actor R. Madhavan is coming up with the movie, Rocketry: The Nambi Effect. This biopic on the life of ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan is all set to release later this year.
Now the biggest question is when can the Indian audience expect decent sci-fi films based on our space missions instead of movies like Ra.One and 2.0. It seems, we have a long way to go before we can even think of making Interstellar and Gravity, but Mission Mangal is a good start that deserves appreciation.