Genre: Drama, Patriotic, Social
Release Date: 15th August, 2019
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, Nithya Menon
Writer/Director: Jagan Shakti
Producer/s: R. Balki, Akshay Kumar
Mission Mangal Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and half stars!)
Star Cast: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menon, Sharman Joshi, Sanjay Kapoor, H. G. Dattatreya
Director: Jagan Shakti
What’s Good: Few brilliant sequences reminding of what this could’ve been, informing about a mission that should be known to every Indian
What’s Bad: Script takes the subject for granted, in order to offer entertainment makers lose the true essence!
Loo Break: Just return when the satellite finally takes off for Mars, i.e. last 10 minutes!
Watch or Not?: Only if you can bear an entire film just for few good portions
Based on the ‘Mars Orbiter Mission’ or Mangalyaan (because, as per this film, ISRO’s Director wanted a ‘wazandaar/heavy’ name to it), the story starts with a failed mission because of which Rakesh Dhawan (Akshay Kumar) gets transferred to Mars’ department. There are no people in this department because they think achieving Mars is impossible, hence it’s an isolated dusty room with just a Cat in it. Tara joins Rakesh for Mission Mars as she blames herself for the failure of last mission.
Head of all the flagship missions gets changed to Rupert Desai (Dalip Tahil), an ex-NASA scientist, questioning everything done by Rakesh. Somehow, Tara convinces ISRO’S director to back Rakesh for Mar’s mission, and they build a team of underdogs (because so new). Everyone knows the mission was accomplished, but the rest of the story depicts how these underdogs achieve the impossible.
Mission Mangal Movie Review: Script Analysis
So, the skeleton of the script is age-old – take one impossible task, add some underdogs, add few irrelevant obstacles, make sure they achieve the mission. Before bashing me stating that this is what happened, movies like PadMan, Special 26 in Bollywood and First Man, The Founder in Hollywood also are based on true events. This script required 4 people, R. Balki, Jagan Shakti, Nidhi Singh Dharma and Saketh Kondiparthi to collaborate? I guess each one was hired to think about a personal issue they can give to each character’s life.
A friend, after the film, told me, “We shouldn’t criticize it much because it informs us about such an important achievement,” and I told her, “That’s the same reason, why I’ll not praise it more than it deserves.” It’s undoubtedly an unimaginable achievement by India but if you’re making a film on it, please don’t cringe it with ‘puri examples’, ‘switch off/on device’s connection with the satellite’s communication’. It slips flat on its face turning the patriotism to jingoism, and there are many instances such as that.
Mission Mangal Movie Review: Star Performance
The spec-clad, with a hint of White frizzies, Akshay Kumar’s Rakesh Dhawan is impressive. He manages to underplay the character and succeeds living up to R. Balki’s sly sense of humour. Vidya Balan, as always, is natural. Her charming presence and the command of playing with her expressions, make her a delight to watch.
The super-confident Sonakshi Sinha gets the least cringe, as her character is well-written. She performs it with essential ease, which helps to connect with her. Taapsee Pannu has very little to add to the script. I can’t see someone like her getting exhausted, she deserves to rule the screen. Nithya Menen and Sharman Joshi are wasted on a supreme level. We all know what they both are capable doing of, but yet again, they’re the victims of lazy writing.
H. G. Dattatreya is a fun actor to watch, makers could’ve used him to maintain the humour but that doesn’t happen. Kirti Kulhari, too, barely has any contribution in making the script interesting. She’s just there, like many others (including us).
Star Cast: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Nithya Menen, Sharman Joshi, Kirti Kulhari, Dalip Tahil, Sanjay Kapoor
Director: Jagan Shakti
Produced By: Cape Of Good Films, Hope Productions, Fox Star Studios, Aruna Bhatia, Anil Naidu
Misson Mangal Review (Box Office) : Expectations
With Akshay Kumar in lead along with the stars like Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Nithya Menen, Sharman Joshi & Kirti Kulhari, this Independence day release has many reasons to expect big at Box Office. Two of them, I’ve just mentioned and the other is the extraordinary real life event and national achievement it has been based on. The trailers were successful in creating the right impression too, so Mission Mangal is expected to do wonders at the BO.
Misson Mangal Review (Box Office) : Impact
The Jagan Shakti directed film is his debut in Bollywood but carries immense responsibility. It’s released on I-Day and is made on one of the biggest national achievements. So, as the Indian audience watches this film on big screen, they must be proud of the nation and ISRO.
After watching the morning show of the film in a regular multiplex amidst healthy number of the audience, I’ll just say that I along with everyone have enjoyed every scene of it.
Mission Mangal is a must watch because it inspires you, makes you proud, makes you emotional, makes you happy and gives you the slingshot you need when you don’t have the necessary fuel to take the “Chalaang”. After Super 30, this is yet another film which talks about the importance of “Chalaang” in the most unfavourable situations. The importance of risks in life and fighting till the last second.
Mission Mangal has everything which Indian Audience loves to watch on big screen and that will eventually lead it to be Akshay’s biggest Bollywood grosser ever.
The superstar takes up the role of an ISRO scientist and lives it. He has marvelled the character and leaves a great impression on the audience. The character he plays is easily one of the best of his career and has a lot to learn from.
Vidya Balan gives one of the best performance of her career. She leads the way through along witg Akshay Kumar and is equal hero of the film. Watch out for the scenes when she explains her idea to Akshay Kumar’s character and her son where she gives you goosebumps. The scene in which she anwers her son’s query about believing in God despite behing scientist will leave you teary eyed as a typical Indian.
Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Sharman Joshi, Kirti Kulhari & Nithya Menen work well together as a team.
Sanjay Kapoor steals the show in a scene after the interval. Watch out for that scene if you are a 90’s kid.
Jagan Shakti as a director has done incredible job as he gives you a perfect I-Day film to watch.
Misson Mangal Review (Box Office) : Prospects
Mission Mangal will do extremely well at the Box Office and will easily become Akshay’s highest grossing Bollywood film ever and may emerge a 200 crores grosser too.
It will do a lifetime business somewhere in 175-225 crores range. More than 225 crores can’t be ruled out too.