Mumbai: Yaanam is a non-feature film screened under the Indian Panaroma section at 53rd edition of International Film Festival at Goa. It is based on the autobiographical book “My Odyssey: Memoirs of the Man Behind the Mangalyaan Mission” by former space chairman Padma Bhushan Dr K. Radhakrishnan.
Yaanam movie portrays India’s dream project Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan). It is the 1st science documentary in Sanskrit language in the history of world cinema.
Producer of the film AV Anoop said “I am happy that I have presented films of all categories at Indian Panaroma section in IFFI. Last time I presented a feature film and a short film. This year I am presenting this non-feature film.”
Speaking about the experience of working with ISRO he said, ISRO is the pride of India. We wrote letters seeking permission from ISRO. Dr. S Somanath, present chairman happened to see the letters, and called us to say “Yes. We are doing it”. We are lucky that ISRO accepted our request. It’s a very confidential and high security area. We have shot the movie in different locations 4 southern states – Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in Kerala, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, ISRO Headquarters in Karnataka and the oldest observatory in Tamil Nadu. We were permitted to shoot everywhere. They provided us all the materials they used during the launch, he added.
He concluded by saying “Almost every week, we are getting selected for screening in different International Film Festivals around the world.”