Over 600 ISRO scientists and their family members watched a special screening of Matt Damon’s Hollywood film, “Martian” at a multiplex on Saturday.
The screening of this yet-to-be-released film was held for members of ISRO’s Ahmedabad-based Space Applications Centre (SAC) to celebrate the first anniversary of ‘Mangalyaan’ in the Martian orbit.
“When I used to look at the pictures of Mars, I never imagined the landscape would look so impressive in a 3-D movie. They have done a good job. But you see, scientists are seldom so glamorous,” said Tapan Misra, director of SAC who came along with his wife to watch the movie, which is a space drama about a manned mission to Mars. SAC on Thursday had released a “Mars Atlas” which contained pictures of Mars clicked by ISRO’s Mars Orbiter.
“We are happy that somebody took the lead in hosting a special screening of a movie based on space travel to the scientists,” he said about the movie that is based on a best-selling novel about a dramatic space rescue mission to bring back a scientist stranded alone on Mars. A message from the film’s director Ridley Scott was read out before the screening.
When asked if humans will ever make it to Mars, Misra said, “At the beginning of the 20th century, when we hardly had any means of transportation, who imagined humans will set foot on Moon in 1969. Humans will surely make it to Mars too. As far as ISRO is concerned, we will have to go back to Mars a second time as well.”
The Martian is releasing in India on October 2, 2015 on Gandhi Jayanti. The film will be dubbed in three languages Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. “It was a wonderful experience watching this movie which is about human grit and courage. It is about teamwork and how an entire organisation backs a group of scientists,” said S Parikh, deputy director of SAC who had come for the screening with his family.