Banners: ALTBalaji and ZEE5
Producer: Endemol Shine India
Director: Vinay Waikul
Cast: Sakshi Tanwar, Mona Singh, Palomi Ghosh, Nidhi Singh and Ashish Vidyarthi
Concept: Ekta Kapoor
M-O-M: Mission Over Mars is an incredible journey of four women who go against societal beliefs to accomplish the country’s biggest space mission, Mangalyaan. The series is based on the real-life heroes who were part of India’s first Mars mission. The show revolves around the life of these women and how they manage to strike a balance between their personal lives as well as their passion towards their profession. It shows the constant efforts of the team of Mission Over Mars and how they go through several ups and downs to prove themselves with this once in a lifetime opportunity.
The show is a perfect blend of these women’s personal as well as professional lives. It clearly shows that even the best of the scientists, who are on the country’s biggest mission, face all those big and small issues that a female next door goes through. Even though at some places you feel the situations are a tad too dramatic, the overall screenplay with perfect timeframes given to every scene makes up for it.
The dialogues are full of emotions and are equally inspiring. The writer has made sure that the story encompasses every emotion be it laughter, joy, anger, hurt, love and more. The personal relations of every woman are beautifully presented on screen. M-O-M makes sure that every person from youngsters to elders can connect easily with the story.
The show is not without its flaws, especially when it comes to the core subject as it sometimes focuses more on personal banters than the actual mission. Although it is about the biggest scientific mission of India, the focus on technicalities is found lacking in places. But these instances are few and far between and the storytelling again picks pace as we go along.
Performance-wise, Sakshi Tanwar as Nandita, a strict mission coordinator as well as a strict mom, is quite convincing and she immediately grabs your attention. Mona Singh as Moushumi Ghosh is a team leader who cannot control her anger and her subordinates find it difficult to work with her. She is able to get you anxious when she is suffering the anxiety in difficult situations and she is quite funny when she is trying hard (and failing) to control her anger. Palomi Ghosh as Meghan Reddy is one of the best in her department who has many quirks and whacky habits and she completely aces her role. Nidhi Singh as Neetu Sinha is a strong believer in astrology and her beliefs and dialogue delivery are sure to make you laugh. Ashish Vidyarthi as head of Indian Space Association is a perfect fit for the role.
Verdict: Interesting watch!