Biopics on sportspersons are the rage nowadays. Being a sport-loving nation, we flock the theatres to watch and understand the journeys of our favorite sports stars. The hardships they’ve endured, the challenges they’ve faced, the controversies that they were involved in, all these things are shown to us from the player’s perspective.
We’ve had biopics on Mary Kom, MS Dhoni, Milkha Singh, the Phogat family, Mohammad Azharuddin and the latest to this list is the undoubted legend in women’s cricket – Mithali Raj. Last year, Taapsee Pannu gave us a glimpse of her first look for her upcoming film Shabaash Mithu, based on the iconic Indian captain Mithali Raj.
In an interview to Times of India about her latest project, Taapsee says, “It’s going to be a tough project for two reasons. Firstly, I will have to pick up the game of cricket, and second, I will have to enact Mithali on screen.”
Taapsee also gives us an insight on how she and Mithali are poles apart, “It is tough to play her because she is absolutely the opposite of how I am. She is extremely calm, reserved, well-poised, and speaks her mind eloquently. I am more of an impulsive person; I say things without processing them well enough.”
Not everyone gets to essay the role of such a huge personality. A very grateful Taapsee shares, “She is an icon and not everybody gets a chance to portray someone like her. She is definitely someone I look up to, for not just her game, but also the kind of ideas and values she stands for. That’s why I love her even more.”
Mithali Raj has been a blessing to women’s cricket not just in India but across the world. No number of words can do justice to her talent and contribution to the game. This biopic is just a small gesture to a big personality that Mithali Raj is.