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'Mission Mangal' review: High on emotion and drama

The performance by the cast works for the movie.

ET Bureau|
Aug 19, 2019, 09.25 AM IST
'Mission Mangal'
While 'Mission Mangal' tries to simplify the complex science that goes into a space mission, it turns gimmicky and a bit too convenient at times.
Film: Mission Mangal
Genre: Drama
Director: Jagan Shakti
Cast: Akshay Kumar,Vidya Balan,Sonakshi Sinha,Taapsee Pannu,Kirti Kulhari,Nithya Menen,Sharman Joshi,HG Dattatreya
'Mission Mangal' opens with a failed ISRO mission headed by project director Rakesh Dhawan (Kumar) and under the watchful eye of mission director Tara (Balan).

A scientist who has dedicated his life to ISRO, Rakesh is then ‘demoted’ to a Mars program, which other scientists don’t take seriously. While Rakesh faces adversity with a smile, Tara hopes to redeem herself. Willing to fight the odds to put India back on the space map, Rakesh and Tara put together a team of junior scientists from ISRO with the intention of putting the Mars mission into space within 24 months.

Eka (Sinha), Neha (Kulhari), Kritika (Pannu), Varsha (Menen), Parmeshwar (Joshi) and Ananth (Dattatreya) make up the rest of the rag-tag team, who wrack their brains and come up with innovative, low-cost solutions for the Mars mission.

While the film tries to simplify the complex science that goes into a space mission to make it accessible to viewers, it turns gimmicky and a bit too convenient at times. The dialogues seem contrived, with the writers trying to insert some tongue-in-cheek moments.

What works for the movie is the performance by the cast. Apart from his solid acting skills, Kumar brings his obvious star power to the table. Balan is a joy to watch as a scientist who must juggle her work with home duties. There’s sound acting from the other actors, particularly Pannu, Sinha and Menen, and plenty of laughs from Dattatreya.

High on emotion and drama, with 'Mission Mangal', you can’t help but cheer for the triumph of the team and the nation.

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