With only a few days left for 'Mission Mangal' to release, its star-studded cast consisting of Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen in an exclusive interaction with Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, revealed how the mission was a big achievement and pride for the country while also talking about the portrayal of women in science.
Deemed to be India's first space film 'Mission Mangal' had been in news not only for its star cast including Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan and Sonakshi Sinha essaying important roles but also for its telling the story of those scientists of ISRO who with a budget of only 450 crore sent the first satellite to Mars.
However, what set this mission apart was the team of women scientists contributing to 27 percent of the workforce in ISRO who worked selflessly towards making the mission a successful saga.
Talking about the image often associated with women in the field of science, actors Vidya Balan, Tapsee Pannu, Nitya Anand and Kirti Kulhari pitched in their opinion while recounting their experience of playing scientists in the movie.
"During my interaction with women scientists, I had asked them how many women scientists work at ISRO and I remember one thing they said to me, 'In ISRO we are only scientists, not male or female scientist, what drives us is our experiments and missions.' Thus this could be my mother, your aunt, they look like very relatable people, not someone with unicorn horns," said actor Vidya Balan.
Adding to Vidya's statement, actors Nitya Menon and Taapsee Pannu also reiterated on how people in the field of sciences are never celebrated. People seem to attach a stereotypical image to how they would be and remain fixated on that.
"Women in ISRO are extremely normal looking, they are women who take care of their houses. What we want to show through the film is that we had a very different idea of intelligence, as different as reality is from imagination," claimed Nitya Menon.
Substantiating her co-actor's claim Kirti Kulhari said "Cinema, in any case, is meant to really tell stories and inspire people so when you choose your story, you have ordinary people doing extraordinary things. We need to not underplay what and who we are and first and foremost celebrate ourselves,"
ABOUT THE FILM
In 'Mission Mangal', Akshay plays the role of a scientist, who along with fellow colleagues spearheads India's mission to send a spacecraft to orbit Mars. The film, directed by Jagan Shakti, is based on real-life scientists, who contributed to India's first interplanetary expedition, Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), launched by ISRO in 2013. The trailer of the movie has generated a lot of traction on social media. Other than Akshay Kumar, there are five more leading female actresses are in the film. The movie also stars veteran actor Dalip Tahil, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, and Sharat Saxena.
'Mission Mangal', produced by Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions and Fox Star Studio, is scheduled to be released on August 15.
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