Rocket science made easy
By Priyanka Loonker
With Independence Day, excitement of Chandrayaan 2 and ISRO founder Vikram Sarabhai’s 100th birth anniversary, the patriot cum Bollywood freak in me was more than excited to catch Mission Mangal. Instead of a multiplex, I decided to go to a single screen cinema along with my house help, to show her a world outside ours. And boy did we enjoy!
Even with all the jingoism, lay man language, Mission Mangal does not fail to evoke a sense of national pride! In November 2013, the much-awaited Mangalyaan was launched. Less than a year later, the light-weight satellite carrying five crucial instruments, successfully entered the orbit of Mars, the red planet. And history was made.
India became the first country to do this on its first try, at a fraction of the cost of what space pioneers— the US Russia and China– had spent. It was a national triumph, coasting on the amazing innovative spirit of the scientists at ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), Bangalore.
The movie cast includes Vidya Balan, Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, H G Dattatreya, Vikram Gokhale, Dalip Tahil, Sanjay Kapoor, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub and is directed by Jagan Shakti. Funny one liners add zest to the story. Narrating stories of so many characters and culminating them at one point is not easy; kudos to the writers and director for achieving that.
The film explains astrophysics in home science language, letting people from every walk of life, understand it. Every country needs a moment of pride to make citizens motivated and industries running. Mangalyaan was one such moment in Indian history, Mission Mangal portrays that journey beautifully. Every viewer would feel proud of our indigenous scientists, and people associated with ISRO, after watching this movie.
Keeping a female-oriented cast coming from different backgrounds helped in broadening mindsets of the audience. While rushing to work, preparing the kids for school, and fulfilling our mundane tasks, we forget to soak in the present moments. Mission Mangal does exactly that! In a typical Bollywood manner- packed with emotions and drama— it makes us pause, and realize there are things money cannot buy.