When the “Mangalyaan” reached Mars in 2014, the world was shocked. India, from being an underdog and a “developing country” became the most sought-after country for scientific research. Most third-world countries started acknowledging India as a superpower and wanted to strengthen ties with India.
The fact that ISRO had done this on a shoestring budget was one of the key points of the project. In fact, Mr. Narendra Modi jokingly said once that the Hollywood movie, Gravity, was produced on a bigger budget than Mangalyaan!
Mangalyaan and Mission Mangal
Mission Mangal released on the 15th of August. They couldn’t have chosen a better time to release a movie. 15th is the day when emotions about the country run high and everyone feels really proud to be an Indian!
When the first look of Mission Mangal came out, what irked me was that it was marketed as an Akshay Kumar movie. Given that he is a huge star and with his current proclivities with national issues, this shouldn’t have come as a surprise. But it did. Meanwhile, powerful actresses like Vidya Balan and Tapsee Pannu were sidelined.
However, now that the movie has come out, it says reams about how “first impressions are always last impressions.” Not.
Vidya Balan has played a very strong role – balancing both work and home. In fact, the idea is Mangalyaan takes root in her mind while frying puris! But though she is so talented, she has an MCP of a husband and moody adolescent kids. I’d love to know more about Tara Shinde (Vidya Balan) in a separate movie, please!
Other women are equally good. Tapsee Pannu is excellent, as always. Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, and Nithya Menen are great, too.
For once, we see women taking important things in their hands and executing it efficiently. They are the decision-makers, both at home and at work. They are career-oriented, and no, their homes aren’t broken.
Of course, Akshay “Bharat” Kumar plays a significant role in the movie, but for me, the female leads are the stars!
If anything, Mission Mangal taught me a valuable lesson. Nothing is impossible for a woman. She is strong and level-headed. She can handle issues that seem overwhelming. Yes, there are weaknesses in her, but that is a flaw in every human being. No one is perfect.
While I’m not a scientist (not even close!), I realized that the daily hurdles that life throws at my feet are nothing but learning blocks for me. I’m constantly learning something new everyday.
If you have no plans this weekend, make it a point to watch Mission Mangal. If you do have plans, accommodate MM between two chores. But do watch it. After all, as someone said, “It may be filmy, but it is mine!”
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