Bollywood star Taapsee Pannu on Friday announced the release date for her upcoming film 'Shabaash Mithu', a biopic on Indian cricketer Mithali Raj. The movie will be in the theatres on 15 July. The film is directed by filmmaker Srijit Mukherji and written by Priya Aven and delves into the ups and downs of Raj’s career as a trailblazer of women’s cricket in India.
Pannu posted a picture of the film poster on her Instagram which was captioned, “There is nothing more powerful than a girl with a dream and a plan to realise it! This is a story of one such girl who chased her dream with a bat in this “Gentleman’s Game” #ShabaashMithu The Unheard Story Of Women In Blue will be in cinemas on 15th July 2022.”
Addressing the film, Taapsee Pannu had opened up about her love for cricket in a recent interview. She said, “I was an ardent cricket fan. I used to sit and pray between matches for India to win. My heartbeat rate depended on the way a match was going. Yes, I was an obsessive fan. I loved sports in general. But cricket was an obsession.”
“Honestly after I grew up when I got to know about match-fixing that little girl who was obsessed with cricket was heartbroken. I know all the five fingers of a hand are not the same. But that seed of doubt about cricket was planted in my brain. After that my interest in sports broadened from just cricket to other games.”
"I've not really thought about my future," Raj
As the Indian women’s team was eliminated from the 2022 Women's World Cup, Mithali Raj opened up on her retirement rumours and talked about how she isn’t sure about her future. She said, “You've not given me even an hour to think about my future, to go through and process what has just happened today.”
"When you have a disappointment and in the campaign which ends like this in a World Cup where you've really prepared very hard over a year, it takes time to accept and then probably move on from there. Whatever the future holds for each and every player, so I've not really thought about my future."