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Rakesh Sharma's Spaceflight and Movie Salute
« on: 12/17/2018 05:17 am »
(Apologies for not posting this on either the history or entertainment boards - I just thought that this topic would be of limited niche appeal and get more interest from this board)


In 1984, Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian ever to travel to space, flying on the Soyuz T11 mission to stay for 7 days onboard the space station Salyut-7, as part of the Soviet Interkosmos program.





While in orbit, he famously spoke with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, uttering the famous words "Saare Jahan Se Achcha" (quoting a line from the poet Iqbal) to tell her that India was his "favorite place of all."


(his famous quote @ 1:59 - sorry, no subtitles - it switches to english @ 4:18)



More recently, efforts have been on to make a biographical movie based on Rakesh Sharma's life and his historic flight to space. The film has been entitled "Salute", which is also the name of the space station Sharma visited:

https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/siddharth-roy-kapur-producing-salute-rakesh-sharma-biopic-5364395/

https://www.deccanherald.com/entertainment/yes-im-aboard-srk-confirms-708099.html



In this interview, Rakesh Sharma gives his take on what it was like to be India's first astronaut:

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Re: Rakesh Sharma's Spaceflight and Movie Salute
« Reply #1 on: 12/19/2018 03:24 am »
Here's one of the most recent interviews with Rakesh Sharma from this past month, where he also comments on the latest aspects of India's space program:



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