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Mission Mangal

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Critic Rating

5.9

27 Reviews
18 Ratings
72%
in favor

Audience Rating

5.0
1 Review
3 Ratings

Movie Info

Director

Writer

Language

Hindi

Synopsis

A group of scientists joins forces to mastermind the greatest accomplishment in Indian space history - the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission.Wikipedia

Mission Mangal Reviews

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express

5

It leaves a smile on the face. And you do feel a swell of pride as the ‘yaan’ comes into view and settles successfully in orbit. Despite the over-arching presence of the latter-day Mr India, ‘sab mangal hai’.

Raja Sen
Hindustan Times

4

All films to do with science invariably have to dumb things down — films about rocket-science doubly so — but here things are regretfully oversimplified. So while there are times Mission Mangal plays out pleasantly enough as a cheesy entertainer with a message, complete with a caricaturish villain in Dalip Tahil with an unholy accent, there are other times everything feels like too much of a stretch — even the runtime.

Rahul Desai
Film Companion

-

It’s hard to make intelligence look entertaining. But it’s harder to make intelligence look stupid. And yet, this is exactly what Mission Mangal manages to do

Despite its creative shortcomings, director Jagan Shakti makes the film evoke patriotic fervor in the audience. Truth be told, in the climax, one can’t help but be filled with wonder and pride when the satellite swings into sight!And yes, given that the film doffs a hat to the true-life heroes who accomplished the impossible feat, one hopes that the film’s collections at the box-office are ‘Mangal’ too.

Reviewer Profile
Deccan Chronicle

6

'Mission Mangal' is well worth your time. It is educational, but entertaining. Positive without preachy. And family friendly in a genuine way.

Decent, righteous, progressive, the men are eager to play second fiddle whereas the women don’t cry their feminism hoarse.It’s an impeccable if calculated scenario whose love for speeches, including one from Prime Minister Narendra Modi at its end, reminds us Earth might be a foregone conclusion but we’ll always have Mars.  

This isn't Mission Magnificent. But it isn't Mission Mangled either. Mission Mangal is watchable, if not always exhilarating, if you can get over its excesses.

Rachit Gupta
Times Of India

6

Under the vision of creative director R Balki and an average execution by filmmaker Jagan Shakti, 'Mission Mangal' makes good with its emotional highs and drama.

For all its flaws, “Mission Mangal” is an uplifting film. The film’s enthusiasm about its subject and its ability to make you care about its characters help even out the bumps in its path.

DNA Web Team
DNA India

-

It is an inspirational tale, but not a masterpiece. Watch it for Vidya and Akshay’s patches of brilliance.

7

Despite its flaws of excessive sermons and some crucial characters like Taapsee and Kirti not fleshed out completely, Mission Mangal makes for an entertaining Independence Day watch. The flight might face some turbulence but it lands well.

...the movie depicts a mission showcasing an achievement with a very predictable storyline. It fails to hold on to what was important for the script, instead includes irrelevant sub-plots dragging the narrative.

MISSION MANGAL is engaging and entertaining while being patriotic in its feel. At the box office, it will be accepted whole heartedly by the audiences and has the potential to emerge as Akshay Kumar's highest grosser ever!

7

On the technical front, the CGI left much to be desired and so did the production design. The cinematography and editing were decent enough though. All-in-all, watch the film to savour a path-breaking milestone in India's space exploration history, never mind the scientific inaccuracies...

Most movies suffer from what's called the 'curse of the second half'. Mission Mangal is a rare one that reverses that principle. It gets much better towards the end!

Ankur Pathak
HuffingtonPost.in

-

'Mission Mangal' had a promising premise but it's oversimplification robs the viewer of the authenticity and complexity of a sophisticated operation.

Audience Reviews for Mission Mangal

  • Tejas Nair
    Tejas Nair
    239 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    3

    There is an overlying sense of artificiality in the way Mission Mangal (Mars Mission) has been made, with abundant textbook techniques to mix comedy and drama into the proceedings of a vastly technical subject such as an organization's attempt to send a satellite on the Martian orbit. It ends up as a series of cringe-worthy sequences. For a film that demands realism as the only single factor, Mission Mangal strays away from it right from the word go! as we see the actors fooling around in office and wherever they go. It's a good idea by writer R Balki to refer home science as the solution to issues hampering space travel but the way they have been dramatized makes the discerning viewer coil in anger and disgust. Melodrama takes the limelight in the film that can be best characterized as a lackluster take on a historic feat, that only gets worse as you proceed watching it, eventually leading you to a specific scene where a gang of inebriated Isro scientists brawl in a metro car all of which reeks of self-righteousness. Mission Mangal is a mockery of the very subject that it pays homage to. There's no reason to spend any money on this and I would instead recommend going through the Wikipedia page of the actual mission instead. TN.

    August 19, 19