Mission Mangal is gearing up for its release on coming Independence Day and there can’t be a better release date for a film like this. While there’s a correct buzz around the film, it has got its own fair share of issues to deal with.
The makers of the film have already been criticised for giving Akshay Kumar better space in the poster compared to female co-stars.
Talking about the same, Taapsee Pannu had earlier said that it’s because Akshay has more pull in the audience. She was quoted as saying by HT, “It is great people notice that also then those same people can do something about the collections of a female-driven film. Because Akshay Kumar will get the audience in the theatre, that is the hard fact. All of us are great to work in our own capacities. But, he will still manage to get a bigger number, at the end of the day. We cannot run away from this reality. Whatever issue happened with the poster, hope people realise it and do something about rather than questioning the makers. The audience can change things by walking into theatres where women are at the forefront. Hopefully, in the future it shouldn’t be about the gender, but whose films get the numbers. Eventually, it is a business and about how much money your films can make.”
But that was not it, there were also comparisons of the film with Hollywood hit film Hidden Figures. Director Jagan Shakti spoke about the same in a recent interaction with Mid-Day and said, “That film was about racism; this film is inspired by the picture of women in sarees and gajras looking thrilled at the mission’s launch.”
He also talked about how he had extensive discussions with ISRO members for the film and said, “My sister Sujata (Krishna) works there, so I did extensive interviews with the team of the Mangalyaan mission. ISRO was helpful in terms of giving us access to the material and scientists. The right balance between the art director and the VFX team helped us design the rocket, which was the most important component of the film. While we had the exact diagrams in possession, we couldn’t have designed a similar-looking device.”
Mission Mangal stars Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari & Sharman Joshi in lead and is based on the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), or the Mangalyaan project, launched by ISRO in November 2013, to put a space probe in planet Mars’ orbit.