Taapsee Pannu To play Mithali Raj in Upcoming Biopic
Looks like the biopic season is back in Bollywood! After Ranveer Singh amazed his fans with the stills from his upcoming film ‘83, where he almost perfected Kapil Dev’s ‘Natraj Shot’, another B-town lady is all set to put on her batting pads. Taapsee Pannu has confirmed that she will be donning Mithali Raj’s jersey in the cricketers’ upcoming biopic. The actress will play cricketer Mithali Raj in the movie Shabaash Mithu.
Taapsee announced her part in the movie on the occasion of cricketer’s birthday. She took to Twitter to make the announcement and she wrote, “Happy Birthday Captain @M_Raj03 On this Birthday, I don’t know what gift I can give you but this promise that I shall give it all I have to make sure you will be proud of what you see of yourself on screen with #ShabaashMithu P.S- I’m all prepared to learn THE ‘cover drive’”
Mithali is currently the Indian women’s team ODI captain.
Talking about her role in the movie, Taapsee said, “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. She has always been brave and strong to back truth and her idols, and that is the connect I feel with her.”
She further added, “The way she changed the way women’s cricket is perceived and seen in India is truly a story worth telling. Kudos to Viacom18 Studios for choosing to tell this story. 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.”
The film will be helmed by Rahul Dholakia. He has previously directed movies like Raees and Parzania.