Jagan Shakti’s space drama Mission Mangal is on a roll at the box office in India. After becoming Akshay Kumar’s biggest-ever opener the film continues its phenomenal run.Mission Mangal brings to celluloid the incredible story of India’s first interplanetary mission- the Mars Orbiter Mission – and celebrates the scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation who made it a success.
If early estimates are anything to go by, Mission Mangal raked in around Rs 7 crore on Wednesday, taking its total collection so far to Rs 121.39 crore.
Mission Mangal, which also features Sonakshi Sinha, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sharman Joshi, Kirti Kulhari and Nithya Menen in pivotal roles, benefitted a lot from an Independence Day release. Incidentally, Nikkhil Advani’s Batla House, starring John Abraham, also hit the theatres on the same day but the former has raced ahead.
Earlier, at the trailer launch of Mission Mangal, Akshay had said that it was one of the best films in his career spanning almost three decades. “Mujhe nahi pata hai yeh film hit hogi ya nahi hogi. Lekin itna zaroor jaanta hoon ki we will always be proud of this film. And I’m very, very, very proud of it. Main kareeban 150 filmein kar chuka hoon and but this is one of the best films I have done,” he said.
Meanwhile, the rest of the cast is thrilled with the success of Mission Mangal. Sonakshi took to Twitter to write, “Mission Mangal has entered the 100 cr club, and Chandrayaan 2 has entered the lunar orbit… DUNIYA SE BOLO COPY THAAAAAT!!!!!”
Taapsee also expressed her excitement in an interview with an entertainment website. “It’s a really good sign that people have been so receptive of a film that not only has big names attached to it but also has good content. We have always been seeing thunderous openings for movies that only had pure commercial masala elements but this is like a big step towards the direction where films that are heavy on content are also making a big opening,” she said.