Mission Mangal is one film that had the entire nation looking forward to its release. The movie is all set to release in theatres across the country on India’s Independence Day and here’s the Mission Mangal review to help you decide whether or not you should be watching it on the national holiday.

Mission Mangal’s trailer came out a few weeks ago and the sneak-peek was enough to get the audience excited. As you probably know, the film revolves around India’s space mission to Mars. It was an undeniably huge deal for India and it left the world admiring the exceptional talent that India is home to.

The Jagan Shakti directorial is based on a true event, one of the most monumental ones at that but it is served with a heavy dose of fiction. The movie begins with a failed space mission that Vidya Balan aka Tara Shinde is a part of and is led by Akshay Kumar aka Rakesh Dhawan It is the failure of this mission that gets Akshay thrown onto a mission that is deemed distant or even impossible by some scientists at ISRO. Akshay is dejected over the decision of his seniors. However, the story and the mission to Mars per se take off only after Vidya with her guilt over the last mission’s failure convinces Akshay of the mission being a possibility after a Puri (Indian bread) making technique gets the wheels of in her head turning.

The duo is met with quite a few hiccups before they can make it official or even gather team members for the mission. It is then that we are familiarized with the rest of the talented cast which includes Sonakshi Sinha as Eka Gandhi, Taapsee Pannu as Kritika Aggarwal, Nithya Menen as Varsha Pillai, Kirti Kulhari as Neha Siddiqui, Sharman Joshi as Parmeshwar Naidu, H. G. Dattatreya as Ananth Iyer. This team of brilliant minded scientists gets to work but it isn’t devoid of hesitations on the success rate of the mission. With minimal equipment and half the budget than proposed and other problems, they’re forced to push themselves to achieve results and achieve they do!

Akshay Kumar’s character in the film is an exceptional scientist with unusual behaviour which is justified with a dialogue on the lines of ‘brilliant minds being a little crazy after all’. He refuses to take orders, barges into meetings unannounced and insults anyone who fails to see his way. Besides Akshay, Vidya is the only one with the most screen-time and she makes every moment of it engaging. She plays a scientist with a curious nature who absorbs knowledge from everything around her and she pulls-off the super cool mom avatar effortlessly. Nithya, Taapsee, Kirti, and Sonakshi do well in their limited parts. Sharman, on the other hand, manages to make you laugh every time the focus is on him (which isn’t enough number of times). He plays a fate-fearing guy and is looking for the woman of his dream to share his life with. He develops an interest in Sonakshi’s character and his antics are amusing to watch. H. G. Dattatreya also plays the character of an adorable senior-most (in age) member of the team with his expressions and quips. The bunch of them creates an interesting mix on-screen.

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 The central characters and their fictional storylines make the film entertaining but just like the Mangalyaan mission, the film is also one bumpy ride. The first half is dragged on with dialogues and monologues that could be easily avoided. The jokes fall flat. The conflicts and resolution seem to take up the film’s run-time without actually making any impact. The fictionalized elements of the climax seem more dramatic than a regular Bollywood drama. And besides the impressive Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub, the artificial satellite also deserves credits for a cameo as it leaves you at the edge of your seats until reaching its destination.

If you were planning on watching this film to familiarize yourself with the inner workings of the original mission, then we suggest you head over to YouTube to watch a documentary instead. The film never claimed to be a facts-driven film and it ensures to take just as much creative liberty as possible. The film, however, will revive your sense of national pride as you witness the mission reaching its successful conclusion. It may not be perfect but it certainly fits just right with the feeling 15th August and the Independence week brings with it.