After being trolled by netizens for using the wrong rocket in the poster of upcoming web series M.O.M. – Mission Over Mars, producer Ekta Kapoor on Wednesday took to social media to explain why the real rocket of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) could not be used.
In a tweet, Ekta wrote, “Cannot use d isro rocket !!! Legal boundaries! Check d statement n d disclaimer below d post!”
On her birthday on June 7, Ekta had unveiled the show’s poster and written that she had decided to make the project two-and-half years ago when she chanced upon the “amazing story about women in Indian science”.
“This show is on the women who sent the mission to Mars — partly fictional keeping in mind the sacrosanct nature of ISRO,” she had written.
Soon, some netizens pointed out the use of the wrong rocket in its poster.
Ekta, Joint Managing Director, ALTBalaji, tweeted on Wednesday: “Cannot use the ISRO rocket! Legal boundaries!”
In a statement, ALTBalaji’s spokesperson said, “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 November 5, 2013, entered the Martian orbit on September 24, 2014 in its first attempt.
With Inputs From IANS