There is no dearth of sports films in Bollywood. From Priyanka Chopra’s Mary Kom to Aamir Khan’s Dangal, all of them have witnessed stellar runs at the box office, raking in generous amounts of bucks as well as audiences. Stories based on real-life inspiring events and personalities definitely attract footfall and make a mark in the film industry. As Parineeti Chopra continues to make headlines while shooting for the upcoming biopic on ace tennis player Saina Nehwal, Taapsee Pannu has jumped onto the bandwagon too. She will be bringing the story of female Indian cricketer Mithali Raj to the reel with a biopic titled Shabaash Mithu.
The film is being helmed by Rahul Dholakia. "It's truly an honour to play the role of India's most successful captain where women's cricket is concerned. Even though I have already started feeling the pressure of stepping in her shoes, I don't think I want to trade this place with anyone else right now," Taapsee said.
The Saand Ki Aankh actor continued, "Mithali has always been brave and strong to back truth and her idols, and that is the connect I feel with her. The way she changed how women's cricket is perceived and seen in India is truly a story worth telling. I look forward to working with Rahul Dholakia for this first of its kind story and to learn yet another sport which is treated as a religion in our country, cricket.” Raj is equally elated about her achievements being made into a film. "I have always stood for and voiced my opinion for equal opportunity for women not just in cricket but across all fields. I want to thank Ajit Andhare and Viacom18 Studios for not just bringing alive my story on screen but also for giving me a bigger platform to be able to reach out to young women who dare to dream,” she concluded.