Based on true events of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launching the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), making it the least expensive mission to Mars.
Mission Mangal (transl. Mission Mars) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by Jagan Shakti and jointly produced by Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions, Fox Star Studios, Aruna Bhatia, and Anil Naidu. The film stars an ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, H. G. Dattatreya, Vikram Gokhale and Sonakshi Sinha. It loosely follows the scientists at Indian Space Research Organisation who contributed to the Mars Orbiter Mission, India’s first interplanetary expedition.
Mission Mangal was announced in November 2018. Shakti, who worked as associate director on Pad Man (2018), pitched the script to Kumar. Principal photography for the film began in November 2018. The film’s soundtrack was composed by Amit Trivedi and Tanishk Bagchi with lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and Bagchi, and released under the banner Zee Music Company. Mission Mangal was theatrically released in India on 15 August 2019.