Mission Mangal directed by Jagan Sharktu is a drama film in the Hindi language released in 2019. It is produced jointly by Hope Productions, Cape of Good Films, Aruna Bhatia, Fox Star Studios and Anil Naidu. It features stars such as Sonakshi Sinha, Vikram Gokhale, H.G Dattatreya, Sherman Joshi, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen, Taapsee Pannu, Vidya Balan and Akshay Kumar.
Mission Mangal was pitched to Kumar in 2018 while working as an associate director for Pad Man in November 2018. It began filming in 2018 borrowing its soundtrack created by Tanishk Bagchi and Amit Trivedi. Amitabh Bhattacharya writes its lyrics which was released by Zee Music Company.
Mission Mengal was released in theatres in India in 2019 coinciding with India’s Independence day. Critics have given the film positive reviews earning ₹290.59 crores all over the world making it a success.
Mission Mengal is based on a scientist working for the Indian Space Research Organisation. He contributed to India’s Mars Orbiter Mission during the first interplanetary expedition.
Due to a small mistake by Director Shinde Tara, Dhawan Rakesh, a colleague takes the blame for the failed GSLV-F06 launch. As a result of this, Dhawan relocates to Mangalyaan as punishment. The GSLV missions are awarded to a Nasa scientist, Rupert Desai. The scientists think the mars Orbiter Mission is impossible due to its tight budget.
Rakesh acquires information that the MOM cannot launch with the heavy PSLV payload as the rocket does not have enough fuel to take off. If the mission was a success it would have taken the satellite to Mars.
Tara, on the other hand, is caught balancing between her family and her career. During one moment while at home the maid informs her that there is not enough gas to finish the cooking to which she informs the maid to heat the oil and restart the fire once the oil cools down. This gives an idea to Tara on how to launch the Mars orbiter mission using PSLV.
Finally, the Mom is launched using PSLV after a delay of 8 days due to weather. It is named Sanskrit Mars Craft. the team celebrates the successful mission launch. However, the mission is not out of the woods as while orbiting the earth, the jets fail thus pushing the mars mission 6 days late. The satellite is also hit with solar radiation cutting communication back to earth. But when the scientist regains communication, they find that the satellite speed was increased covering the 6-day delay. After 298 days transiting to Mars, the Mars Orbiter Mission is inserted into Mars Orbit making India the 4th country worldwide to do so.