Mission Mangal: ISRO didn’t permit to shoot inside its premises, so we recreated sets, rockets, satellites at cost of Rs 8 crore, says Sandeep Sharad Ravade

  • Akshay Kumar did not get permission from ISRO due to security reasons, the set was recreated at Filmcity at a cost of Rs 8 crore
  • The nose and tail of the whole body of the rocket is recreated, the middle part and its launch are shown with VFX
  • Rocket’s nose is 27 feet tall, while the height of the tail was 18 feet; the satellite inside the rocket was fully prepared
  • Recreated satellite prepared with the help of material used in real satellite

Mission Mangal is a film based on the achievements of ISRO scientists. However, the ISRO did not allow to shoot inside its due to security reasons. In such a situation, the set of ISRO was recreated at Filmcity in Mumbai. It cost about Rs 8 crores. It was prepared by veteran Sandeep Sharad Ravade.

Sandeep said in a special conversation with Dainik Bhaskar, “Due to the security reasons, we were not allowed to shoot in the ISRO premises. In such a situation, we created ISRO’s different offices in different studios of Filmcity. In the film, a rocket is seen going to Mars. We made the nose and tail of this rocket. The middle part of the body was fabricated with VFX. That’s because the height of the actual rocket was 145 feet. It was not possible to make that high rocket and so the nose and tail were made. The height of the nose was 27 feet, while the tail’s height was 18 feet. There was a satellite within it. We made the complete satellite.”

Sandeep said further: “It took the maximum time to make work stations, satellite parts, etc. It took two to two-and-half months to do all that. In the satellite, we also used the Gypsum Board, Wolverine Cloth, which are the materials used in the actual satellite. As a result, it cost eight crore rupees to build all these, from ISRO work station, lounge, lobby, control room, to the characters’ houses. We did not really want to compromise anywhere with authenticity. So, we went to that extent.”

(Story by Amit Karna)