A dedicated scientist who has given his life to ISRO, back then is demoted to a Mars program, where the other scientists did not take the job and him quite seriously. While he faces difficulty with a smile, Tara aspires to rescue herself. Willing to uphold the odds to put India back on the space map, Rakesh and Tara then put together a team of junior scientists from ISRO intending to put the Mars mission into space within 24 months.
Whilst the film tries hard to make the entire process simple and put it in better form for the viewers. As the complex science of astronautical engineering related to space missions are tricky and tedious. It turned out to be a gimmick and a bit too convenient at times. The dialogues seem strained and studied where the writes were trying to insert some of the tweaked dialogues to create tongue-in-cheek moments.
According to me what worked for the movie is the cast for the Indian viewers and maybe abroad. This is the reason why the movie is running a full house. Amazing star cast and power-packed performances have led the movie to be a high raiser. Akshaya Kumar and Vidya Balan is certainly a treat on the table. The joy to watch Indian scientists juggling with their job and house front also brings a familiarity to Indian women on the whole. For me, it is high on drama and emotion which can be subsided to some extent.
Sowmya J, an Avionics Quality Assurance Engineer at Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO), says while the film, touted as India’s first space movie, captures the struggles faced by women at the organisation, it is replete with technical errors. Based on India’s first Mars mission, Mission Mangal has already surpassed the Rs 100 crore mark within five days of its release. “Mars has got prograde orbit just like Earth. Mangalyaan was launched in a prograde orbit with Mars. But what they showed in the animation seemed like retrograde orbit,” Sowmya adds.
She actually appreciates the animation and the effects used but the real essence seems to be missing under the glitter of Bollywood. Certainly, the movie is made with great positivism and thoughtfulness and is a full family entertainer. But this ISRO employee has concerns.