Ekta Kapoor on use of wrong rocket in M.O.M poster: Legally bound to not use actual images

FP Staff

Jun 13, 2019 10:04:45 IST

The poster of Ekta Kapoor's recently announced web series M.O.M - Mission Over Mars — inspired by the stories of the women behind India's successful Mangalyaan mission — features the wrong space rocket, fans pointed out on Twitter.

Kapoor announced the launch of the ALTBalaji show starring Sakshi Tanwar, Mona Singh, Nidhi Singh and Palomi Ghosh on 6 June.

The poster features what appears to be a Russian Soyuz launch vehicle, superimposed with the Indian flag. ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan, on the other hand, was launched aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket C25.

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Thankyou very much For all the birthday wishes 💐 I am in a low network area and is difficult to respond to each one of you but I will do so once m back 🙏 Today on my birthday we launch the poster of our new show that we decided to make 2.5 Years ago when I chanced upon this amazing story about women in Indian science. This show is On the women who sent the mission on mars - partly fictional keeping in mind the sacrosanct nature of ISRO. This is by far one of the most inspirational stories I have ever heard After millions of meetings with ISRO and a certain amount of Sacrosanct secrecy that they would like us to maintain We are proud to present this part fiction Part real story that is based on the humongous achievement of all the women behind indian science. Overwhelemed to introduce this campaign and our 4 eclectic actors who will represent the 4 indian women scientist This Show is our tribute to our unsung heroes #M-O-M The story of four women scientists, who take up the extraordinary challenge to successfully complete India's first mission to Mars. #MissionOverMars streaming soon on @altbalaji #ALTBalajiOriginal @shobha9168 @monajsingh @nidhisin #SakshiTanwar @palomighosh #GauravSharma #MohanJoshi @suhaas.ahuja @manumalik1808 @ashishvidyarthi1 @ankurratheeofficial @mickymakhija @bidisha_ghosh_sharma #MrinaliniKhanna #AbhishekRege @pranaymanchanda @manjitsachdev @somenewbits @bansi_bhatia_official @meghannmalik @waikulvinay @endemolshineind

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Some Twitter users spotted the gaffe and criticised the showrunners' apparent lack of research into the subject before the poster launch. However, in a statement, ALTBalaji on Wednesday, clarified that the image of the rocket used in the poster was taken for "representation purposes purely".

It further read, "Our upcoming show is a fictional adaptation of the real life heroes at ISRO who worked on Mangalyaan and set a major milestone putting India firmly on the global map. However, as a strategic call taken by multiple parties, we have gone down the fiction route for this show.

"Additionally, we are legally bound not to use actual names or images of either the people, objects or agencies involved. Keeping in mind our contractual obligations, publicity material of the show was designed," said the spokesperson.

Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), the maiden interplanetary mission of ISRO, launched on 5 November, 2013, entered the Martian orbit on 24 September, 2014 in its first attempt.

(With inputs from agencies)

Updated Date: Jun 13, 2019 10:06:49 IST