- X 2019
David Cohen, Dileep Singh Rathore, Radha Bharadwaj, Neelam Gupta (executive), Rakesh C. Gupta (executive) for Hanuman Films, On The Road India
directed by Radha Bharadwaj
starring Bhavna Pani, Swati Das, M.D. Pallavi, Ananda Shankar Jayant, Mahesh Dattani, Jayant Dwarkanath, Radha Bharadwaj, Trivikram Nallamshetty, Sruti Meher Nori, Lakshmikant Ambigekar, Sri Nimoy, Dwij Vasavada, Kaustav Sinha, Pranava Singhal, Aaditya Seshadri, Swathi Raman, Shivanimaran P.S.
written by Radha Bharadwaj, music by Sreevalsan J. Menon
The Indian space program wants to reach Mars by 2014 - which is a very
ambitious plan as it's already 2012, and with the journey taking roughly
300 days, the Mars Orbiter has to be launched in late 2013. Plus, the
project runs on a tight budget, roughly a tenth of what NASA can afford.
software division of the Mars Orbiter Mission is led by two comparably
young women, Shanti (Bhavna Pani) and Vimala (Swati Das), both married
with children and both brilliant - and that's where their similarities
end: While Vimala is outgoing, big-hearted and a teamleader, Shanti is a
lone wolf, who ingenious as she might be has problems working with others
- but of course, she can't run the program on her own.
While Shanti and
Vimala are off to a bumpy start, they soon learn to trust each other's
talents, and especially when problems arise - like the carrier rocket
lacking sufficient thrust - they tend to think along similar patterns and
come to similar results. And while slowly friendship between the two of
them begins to blossom, they also become more and more of a role model for
young girls all over India ...
Of course, this film is about
female empowerment, and at times in this movie this message is delivered
almost a little too bluntly - but at the same time one can't blame the
film for the positive approach it takes to its underlying theme, and even
if its intentions are obvious, they are wrapped into a movie that tells
its story - that's really mostly about women sitting in front of computers
- with panache, and manages to suck the audience into the plot, also of
course helped by strong performances and a directorial effort that finds
the right balance between subtlety and emotionality, making this a pretty