GSLV - MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 lifted off successfully from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Monday and while Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) celebrated this launch, it also did make the headlines for 'promoting a Bollywood movie' amidst it all. To the unknown, this launch was initially planned to take place on July 15, 2019 but due to a last-minute technical glitch, the mission was aborted.
And while space enthusiasts eagerly awaited updates on the status of the mission, the twitter handle of ISRO sent out quite a misplaced tweet on July 19, 2019 about Akshay Kumar's upcoming movie Mission Mangal, which is based on India's real Mars orbitter mission and had a trailer release that day. ISRO's tweet read, "As ISRO prepares for landmark launch of Chandrayaan2, Team ISRO wishes Akshay Kumar all the best for Mission Mangal and all his future endeavour."
This irked one too many people and they did not shy away from putting out what they felt about the situation, especially since Chandraayan-2 was clearly of a higher priority at that moment than a film release which was weeks away or a star actor.
Signs of doom loom?— Jayati Gupta (@Joyjiyo) July 22, 2019
Are you okay @isro? At this point shouldn't you be updating us more about Chandrayaan-2 instead of promoting a Bollywood movie?— Colonel Equinox (@Astro_Neel) July 19, 2019
Stop embarrassing yourself and India. Stop hiring BJP IT cell people to handle your social media accounts.— Sarfy (@BabaGlocal) July 22, 2019
And the Nambi Narayan movie is coming soon. Let's see.— Arya آریا (@thecuriouself) July 22, 2019
What the hell ! You are a scientific , professional community - do not talk anything other than #Chandrayaan2 , especially after the earlier technical glitches. Forget these Bollywood chamchas , they have enough their own fan clubs to wish.— AMadumoole (@AMadumoole) July 22, 2019
How disappointing ISRO!!? An independent INDIAN scientific institution is tweeting for an actor who is not even directing the film, is one among many other actors, is not 'Indian'!— एकता 🤝 (@UnityZstrength) July 22, 2019
Tagging a 'Canadian' in such tweet which represents India's hard-work & glory is disappointing.
Dear @isro you should outsource your future projects to Akshay Kumar since you don't distinguish between real & reel life.— MG (@realist_virtual) July 21, 2019
Disgraceful. Here’s Neil Armstrong wishing Ryan Gosling.— Atticus Balgit Finch (@BalgitSharma) July 22, 2019
Please promote #TikTikTik also— நிகாந்த் (@nikanth) July 19, 2019
What a downfallof ISRO? to this level!— Shrinivas Karkala (@s_karkala) July 22, 2019
I think you should appreciate the films director first 😀— Ajith Tolroy (@TolroyAjith) July 19, 2019
All these years I thought rockets, spaceships and satellites is what u launch.— DustinBoy (@paresh_online) July 21, 2019
Under Modi 2.0 u launch movie😂😂😂
And the non existent flight test of GSLV MK-3 prior to MOM-2013.🙄— ᱫᱚᱭᱟᱥᱟᱜᱚᱨ(Dayasagar) (@D_ChoureHembrom) July 19, 2019
Hello , what the hell are you doing are you run by Govt of India or Akshay Kumar Propaganda machine. SAD MISUSE OF GOVT MACHINERY. #ISRO #indians #India @SamKhan999 what accountability we have from organisation of repute.— Sahil Sharma (@SAM93384361) July 21, 2019