Mathai, who was present at the event, said in a statement to IANS: "It was wonderful to see Rakesh felicitated by the Russian Embassy. Rakesh is an inspiring Indian hero and I was honoured to be part of this event."
Sharma flew on board a Soyuz spacecraft in 1984 as part of an Soviet Interkosmos mission. His daring flight fired up the imagination of an entire generation and when asked by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, how India looked from space, Sharma had uttered the now iconic words: "Saare Jahaan Se Accha".
It is no surprise that this is the title of the film that will tell Sharma's life story.
According to Aamir Khan, who was earlier slated to be a part of the project, Shah Rukh Khan has taken up the project, which has a "wonderful story".
The film is set to go on the floors early next year and will be produced under the RSVP and Roy Kapur Films banners.
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