'Mission Mangal script was designed with Akshay Kumar at the centre,' says debutant director Jagan Shakti
As Mission Mangal is finally out for the audience to enjoy, the director of the film Jagan Shakti, is probably on cloud nine right now. Jagan, who made his directorial debut with Mission Mangal, has managed to put forth a stellar cast of Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen and Kirti Kulhari together and tied their characters around with a brilliant narrative and compelling script. The director, who started off with assisting filmmakers like R Balki and AR Murugadoss, just like the lead actors, was keeping busy with back to back interviews scheduled for the promotions. And during one such interview, he was quizzed on the difficulties faced while roping in an ensemble cast. In response to this, he disclosed that the script was sketched keeping Akshay in mind. After his role was shaped up, the rest of the characters were developed. He added that every person in the story reflects the society and has a good reason to be in the film. Thanking Akshay, Jagan said if a script matches the liking of the actor, he is willing to collaborate yet again.
“Our script was designed with Akshay sir at the centre, he gets the team in place. Then, we wrote characters with back stories, like there’s one who is married with a grown-up child, while another’s husband is in the hospital. Every character reflects our society and has a good reason to be in the film. While presenting a film to actors of this stature, it is important to have meaty parts for everyone. I am grateful that a superstar like him agreed to work with me. If a script suits him, I’ll go to him again," Jagan told.
A still from Mission Mangal
In Mission Mangal, Akshay plays the role of Chief Scientist at ISRO- Rakesh Dhawan while Vidya is Tara Shinde, Sonakshi is named Eka Gandhi, Taapsee is Kritika Aggarwal, Nithya stars as Varsha Gowda, Kirti is Neha Siddiqui and Sharman Joshi aka Parmeshwar Naidu. The orbits around the journey of the team led by Akshay to achieve a seemingly impossible task of reaching Mars in India’s maiden attempt, establishing India as the only country in the world to set this record. This is the first time in Bollywood when a feature presentation has been made on Mangalyaan, which was launched in 2013. It is financed by R Balki and Akshay. Presented by Fox Star Studios, Produced by Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions and Fox Star Studios, Mission Mangal released on August 15, 2019.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)