Movie name: Rashmi Rocket
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Priyanshu Painyuli, Shweta Tripathi
Director: Akarsh Khurana
Where to Watch: Zee5
Another story showcasing the biased and patriarchal thoughts of our society. Rashmi Rocket is a story of a village girl who wants to compete in the World Championships for India. The runner who gained fame and inspiration back home, had to face many differenties. Things take a pretty dramatic turn in Rashmi’s life when she realises the exploitation that female athletes face in the name of gender testing.
Rashmi is barred from the sport after being proclaimed ‘not a woman’ as she doesn’t fit the norms made for a woman or the conventional female cut. People accused her of lying about her gender and competing in women’s games. Thus begins her battle against the athletics association for regaining her respect and to maintain her identity and return to the race of life. Rest everything follows her fight for justice aided by her lawyer, her husband and her family.
Akarsh Khurana did a commendable job in terms of narration and bringing the story to us in a very beautiful way. Even though the film is pretty much predictable it makes you glued to see what happens next and that is what the director’s job is all about.
Taapsee Pannu as Rashmi Vira wins all hearts. She is the soul of the film. From her looks like giving her dark skin to show she is an athlete to her physicality she tries to impart to the character is palpable.
Others like Priyanshu Painyuli, Supriya Pathak and Abhishek Banerjee, did a good job. Varun Badola also made his mark.
While the film offers nothing new and there is nothing you weren’t already expecting. The film revolves through several genres – romance, sports and courtroom drama and you still feel something is missing.
A proper Bollywood drama tries to deliver the right sort of message without getting too preachy. But it lacks a seamless end product.
There are several films that show the odds of patriarchal society. This is another addition to it. We see the film and forget and the film has nothing we could hold back.
Watch the film only to see the commendable performance of Taapsee Pannu.