Rashmi Rocket Movie Review: Taapsee Pannu Soars High in This Extraordinary Sports Film That Tackles the Hypocrisy of Gender Tests (SociallyKeeda Exclusive)

Published:Nov 28, 202303:05

Rashmi Rocket Movie Review: Akarsh Khurana, who made the very likable Karwaan, returns to direct Rashmi Rocket, a sports activities drama movie that's much less about on-field exploits however extra on the malpractices carried out in the identify of guidelines. The crux of the premise right here is round gender exams, a humiliating train carried out decide if a feminine athlete is 'female' sufficient to be eligible for sporting occasions. As atrocious because it sounds, intercourse verification exams is a tragic actuality in sporting occasions, and Rashmi Rocket tries its finest to at the very least current the flawed nature of these exams and the way they carried out. Rashmi Rocket: Taapsee Pannu Opens Up About Her Leg Injury While Shooting for the Film.

The argument is offered by means of the ordeals of a fictitious character known as Rashmi (Taapsee Pannu), although notable real-life sportspersons like Santhi Soundarajan and Duthee Chand have suffered the brunt of it. Rashmi, a lady from Bhuj, Gujarat, is a naturally gifted quick runner, which earned her the nickname 'Rashmi Rocket'.

After a traumatic incident in her childhood, she hasn't harbored any sporting aspirations to the disappointment of her strong-willed mom (Supriya Pathak). This modifications when Rashmi meets Major Gagan (Priyanshu Painyuli) who just isn't solely immediately smitten along with her, however can be impressed by her operating abilities.

He coaxes her to take part in athletics, and when she does handle to get in the National occasions, Rashmi rockets aheads of her friends, regardless of missing technical finesse. But on the day she gained her third gold medal, Rashmi is confronted with the most humiliating take a look at of her life - the gender take a look at - that not will get her banned from sporting occasions but in addition topics her to ridicule, media-shaming and even get bodily abused by the police.

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Rashmi Rocket has a formulaic remedy to its narrative. You know the way it begins and the way it ends, with the first half - the weaker half of the movie - establishing Rashmi's character, and people round her, in addition to her rise on the observe. These scenes ain't unhealthy, however they're very cloying in nature. Like the scene the place Rashmi runs for her trials for the first time. The slo-mo remedy to the scene does it no favours, and we have now to take the over-awed expressions of the spectators to get the thought of her velocity. Let the viewers a component of that too please. In reality, the observe scenes solely move muster, stunning for a sports activities movie.

But then Rashmi Rocket is not a traditional sports activities drama, and the realisations arrives with the dreaded gender take a look at scene, which is well-shot with out turning sensationalised.

The second half, going with the formulaic nature, offers with authorized proceedings, involving a rookie however dedicated lawyer Eeshit (Abhishek Banerjee), who fights for Rashmi, and in flip for different feminine athletes who had been victims of this discriminating legislation.

The courtroom-drama proceedings are certainly filmy in nature, and we do want our actual courts are so environment friendly, straightforward and dedicated in disbursing justice. The movie even tries to go meta with this, with the choose (an affable Supriya Karnik) calling out Eeshit's model of argument as filmy, and but the film is aware of that being 'filmy' is what would work right here.

It is the 'system' that helps Rashmi Rocket, written by Aniruddha Guha, get its message throughout to the viewer. The courtroom drama scenes are the spotlight of the movie, in not solely attempting to carry out the politics of the administrative physique, but in addition how archaic the gender take a look at are in essence, regardless of the frequent argument of them being backed by worldwide sports activities our bodies. For nothing else, at the very least the film made a sports activities ignoramus like me to pause and Google about 'intercourse verification exams' and the psychological harms they trigger to the athlete. Especially how the sports activities physique chooses the 'sufferer', as I need to name them, based mostly solely on their whims. I did throughout a Feminism in India article, which raises some pertinent factors that even Rashmi Rocket makes use of in its arguments (the Michael Phelps instance is a typical arguing trait in each). So I'm glad {that a} film like Rashmi Rocket handle to focus on this traumatising characteristic in a really efficient method.

While the courtroom proceedings are ongoing, it is not that Rashmi is a mere spectator. The second half additionally reveals how Rashmi tries to get again to the observe, regardless of a sure private complication that would have hindered her targets. So in being each a authorized drama attempting to place its level throughout and in being an inspiring sports activities saga, Rashmi Rocket do rating effectively in these elements. The dialogues by Kanika Dhillon additionally assist in lending some deft statements right here.

As for the performances, Taapsee Pannu continues her sturdy present in Bollywood with one other adept efficiency. Ignoring the lack of a Gujarati diction (laborious to take action, since the individuals round her have sturdy ones), Taapsee nails the bodily side and the dedication to the function proper. She is efficient in the emotional scenes, particularly the sequence that comes proper earlier than the finale. She can be terrific in the scene the place she undergoes the take a look at, aptly bringing out the emotional and the psychological anguish of the character there. Rashmi Rocket: Taapsee Pannu Reveals the Real Reason Why She Did Akarsh Khurana’s Sports Drama.

As her lover, and later husband, and above all, her largest help, the gifted Priyanshu Painyuli places in a commanding efficiency, trying effectively the military officer that he portrays however with sufficient sensitivity. Abhishek Banerjee channels some Jolly LLB vibes, however it makes his efficiency - an important half of the second half - all the extra partaking to observe. Probably his most massy function, I need to say! Supriya Pathak is, as at all times, high quality. Amit Trivedi's music goes effectively with the narrative.


- The Engaging Storyline That Brings Across an Important Issue

- The Performances


- An Okayish First Half

Final Thoughts

Like with Taapsee's Thappad, Rashmi Rocket is a movie that deserves a look ahead to it places throughout an vital challenge that impacts the morale of our already gender-skewered sports activities neighborhood. It additionally helps that the movie is engagingly made and well-acted, with a couple of highly effective scenes. Rashmi Rocket is streaming on Zee5.

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