Akshay Kumar has spoken of his pride of Mission Mangal, as it celebrates the work of Indian Space Research Organization scientists who made India's maiden interplanetary mission, Mars Orbiter Mission, successful.

Akshay launched the trailer in Mumbai along with the film’s star cast including Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen, Sharman Joshi and H. G. Dattatreya 

The film’s trailer crossed 23 million views within the first 24 hours and has become a talking point on the internet. 

Akshay said, “"Mujhe nahi pata hai yeh film hit hogi ya nahi hogi. Lekin itna zaroor jaanta hoon ki we will always be proud of this film. And I'm very, very, very proud of it. Main kareeban 150 filmein kar chuka hoon and but this is one of the best films I have done”

“I did not have much knowledge about it (the mission). I got to know about it through my director. I learnt a lot through this film. Certain things were an eye-opener for me like Mangalyaan cost us just Rs 450 crore and NASA spent over Rs 6,000 crore."

Mission Mangal is the story behind India’s mission to Mars. It shows how Rakesh Dhawan (Akshay Kumar) and Tara Shinde (Vidya Balan) together with a team of brilliant scientists successfully sent a satellite to Mars in their very first attempt, a mammoth feat achieved by no other nation.

The film has been directed by Jagan Shakti and produced by Fox Star Studios and is slated to release on India’s Independence Day on 15 August 2019.