Movie: Mission Mangal
Cast: Vidya Balan, Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu and others
Director: Jagan Shakti
One of the big difficulties of making a Bollywood film on such a heavy subject is evident right from the start in Mission Mangal: how do you prevent the film from drowning in jargon and science-filled bits while still entertaining the common masses? Because to be honest, ultimately the audience is looking for a good time at the theater and are majorly not interested in dry science.
However, this movie, which sees Akshay Kumar in the lead along with some very powerful performances by the female cast including Vidya Balan, dumbs down the science to ensure the audience understands what’s happening on-screen. The best scenes are the human interactions in the movie.
Rakesh Dhawan (played by Akshay Kumar) is a mission director at the Indian Space Research Organisation, and after his last mission tanked, he’s given a punishment posting and assigned to a mission nobody really wants: an expedition to Mars.
Although one cannot point a finger at the acting performances by most cast members, what really needs to improve in Bollywood is the tacky computer graphics. Another thing that requires a major upgrade is that a film about several incredibly talented women constantly plays up their stereotypical womanhood more than their scientific intelligence. I mean it’s 2020 people!
While there are times Mission Mangal plays out as a pleasant enough entertainer with a message, there are other times everything feels like too much of a stretch. Overall, this is a one-time watch.
Sources: Hindustan Times, Indian Express