Leading Bollywood actress Vidya Balan — who will next be seen in the multi-starrer Mission Mangal — feels that India has a lot of achievements that are not celebrated enough. Speaking at the trailer launch of Mission Mangal, Vidya Balan said the film, which is based on the ISRO Mars Orbiter Mission, is an attempt to pay a tribute to an achievement India should be proud of.
Akshay Kumar in Mission Mangal.
Vidya said, "I felt this story needed to be told. I think we Indians do not wear our pride on our sleeves (enough) for our country."
Kriti Kulhari in Mission Mangal
"I am so glad that over the last few years, so many films are been made that make us Indians aware of our achievements," said the Kismat Konnection actress. "When I travel abroad, I see people are so proud of their nation, their heritage and culture.”
Vidya Balan in Mission Mangal
"We have great culture, history and heritage, and we should start celebrating these. I am glad that our movies are doing that now," she added.
Zeeshan Ayyub in Mission Mangal
Along with actress, her co-stars Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen, Sharman Joshi, and director Jagan Shakti were also present at the launch.
Tapsee Pannu in Mission Mangal
On working with so many female stars, Vidya said that they were all “extremely secure actors” who appreciated others and had “so much fun while working on it that Jagan Shakti (director) had a tough time giving us directions."
Vidya also shared her views on becoming part of Mission Mangal, "I think it is the first time in my career that I heard the narration and said yes within no time."
"The script was so good and, of course, Akshay was already on board,” said Vidya. She will be seen playing the role of Tara Shinde, the programme director of the mission while Akshay Kumar will also be seen leading the team of scientists to achieve their dreams of sending a satellite to Mars. The film has been produced by Akshay and R Balki, and is slated to release on Indian Independence Day, 15th August.