A few months ago we told you that Vidya Balan and Akshay Kumar, who has worked in two films — Sajid Khan’s Heyy Babyy and Priyadarshan’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa — are set to reunite on screen after 11 years. The actor-duo is on-board for R Balki’s yet-untitled next directorial. The film, which will also be produced by Balki, is based on India’s Mangalyaan space mission aka the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), of 2014, which was a huge success.
Earlier this month, Akshay took to his Instagram where he shared a picture with the entire cast of the film. The actor was seen posing with his ‘Baby’ co-actor Tapsee Pannu along with Vidya Balan, Sharman Joshi, Sonakshi Sinha, Nithya Menen and Kirti Kulhari. Now, in a new lead, the film schedule has been kept under the wraps.
As per reports, a US-based filmmaker has filed a lawsuit asking the makers of the film to halt the production as well as the release of Mission Mangal. The US-based filmmaker is named Radha Bharadwaj and she has alleged that her original screenplay has been plagiarized. She further stated that she had shared the original screenplay with Atul Kasbekar in 2016 and his production house shared it with Vidya Balan, who is now a part of the film’s cast.
Radha Bharadwaj’s lawyer, Srishi Ojha said,
“There are hundreds of ways to tell the story of Mangalyaan, but Radha came up with the angle of focusing on the women engineers working on the mission.” Looks like this project is going to be shifted back! We hope the makers find a way out soon."
Mangalyaan was launched on November 5, 2013, by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), as India’s first interplanetary mission, earning the organization fourth place among space agencies that have reached Mars, after the Soviet space program, NASA, and the European Space Agency. Subsequently, India became the first Asian nation to reach the Mars orbit, and the first nation in the world to do so in its first attempt.
In September this year, it was announced that Mangalyaan has completed four years orbiting Mars. Although the designed mission life of MOM was six months, the satellite has continued to beam back science data from Mars for the last four years.