Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan starrer Mission Mangal was released on the Independence day and has done some remarkable business on the box office. In just two days of its release, the multi-starrer film managed to make Rs. 46.44 crores on the box office despite clashing with John Abraham starrer Batla House. The story is based on scientists from Indian Space Research Organisation who were behind India’s first interplanetary mission Mars Orbiter Mission. The original achievement was appreciated all over the world not only because of being the country’s first such expedition but also because the team comprised majorly of women.
Akshay Kumar gets the central space in Mission Mangal’s poster
Although both the original story and film’s star cast is majorly based on women, it is Akshay Kumar who is getting major attention. Over the recent years, Bollywood has taken a shift from male-centric films to the stories which do not only involve women dancing around the hero just as props. Now women are the main protagonist of a film. However, some demographics remain unaltered. Mission Mangal has five leading ladies who are also big stars in their right. Vidya Balan, in particular, has a great body of work when it comes to films. But in the film’s poster, Akshay Kumar gets more space as compared to the leading ladies in Mission Mangal.
Vidya Balan thinks that things might change in future
Vidya Balan has done many films which had her as the protagonist of the film. She has also broken the traditional mold of an Indian film heroine. Vidya Balan is also known to be a staunch feminist who is not afraid to speak her mind. However, when Vidya Balan was asked about Akshay Kumar getting the central space in the film poster she said that she had no qualms over it. According to Vidya Balan, Akshay Kumar is the biggest star in this film and the country hence she had no issues with him taking the center space.
Talking of box office, the earnings still depends on the male star. According to Vidya Balan, things have started changing in the industry and hence it might get even more different a few years down the lane. She said that it was great that Akshay Kumar was alright sharing his screen space with five successful ladies. Vidya Balan has played the role of Tara Shinde in the film and according to her, it is a feminist character.
Sonakshi Sinha and Tapsee Pannu believe Akshay Kumar will bring the biggest business to Mission Mangal
When Sonakshi Sinha was asked what she felt about Akshay Kumar taking the center space, she also had some similar views. According to Sonakshi Sinha, Akshay Kumar is the highest-selling actor in the film and hence deserves the center space. She said that during the making of the film, everyone was treated equally.
Her co-star Tapsee Pannu also had an almost similar take but with a twist. According to Tapsee Pannu, she was glad that people noticed it. However, this is how the Box Office works. People are more interested in watching male actors as the lead as compared to actresses. The audiences need to mature and also give actresses their due share in popularity. She said that there are no second thoughts about Akshay Kumar being the one who guarantees great opening numbers for the film as compared to his female colleagues.
When Akshay Kumar was asked what he felt about working in a female-oriented film, he said that to him it was just a film and he did not think of the gender priority. While storylines and films have started changing in Bollywood, looking at Mission Mangal’s posters one can tell that although that day is not far when women will take the lead in box office collections as much as their male counterparts but that day is not today. There is still a long way to go.