Rashmi Rocket movie review: A Spirited Race
What: Cheers Taapsee, Cheers to all the woman athlete who fought for themselves and stood against the prejudice and gender discrimination
Rashmi Vira (Taapsee Pannu) narrates the inspiring story of a small-town girl from Kutch Bhuj, who overcomes all societal barriers to become a national-level athlete, but her glory is hindered when she is asked to undergo a gender test.
An adage on women empowerment, fight for equality and justice disguised as a sports movie. Rashmi Rocket is a spirited race against gender discrimination.
Nanda Periyasamy’s story takes its seed and major clue from the real-life story of Dutee Chand – the Indian sprinter who was disqualified after she was found to have excessive testosterone (hyperandrogenism) in a test done after she won a race.
Hyperandrogenism is a test to check the levels of androgens in women.
The real subject of Rashmi Rocket is the Hyperandrogenism (gender) test that makes life hell for women athletes who fall prey to this age old cliché rule that bans the athlete who fails the test and presumes her to be him.
Director Akarsh Khurana uses cinematic liberty but takes care that in his intention to make an absorbing piece of drama, the core issue is not compromised.
Aniruddha Guha’s engaging screenplay with solid support from Kanika Dhillon (additional screenplay and dialogues) ensure that the focus is maintained.
Akarsh Khurana’s direction gets slick and absolutely absorbing after the test episode.
Taapsee Pannu is excellent and gets into the skin with quite ease. But Tapsee’s accent as a girl from Kutch is unbelievably Punjabi/North Indian
Supriya Pathak once again excels as a mother
Abhishek Banerjee spins a surprise
Priyanshu Painyuli is impressive
Supriya Pilgaonkar is fantastic
Varun Badola shines
Takes its time to come to the point. At time it is too filmy. Taapsee’s accent as mentioned earlier.
The last 10 minutes
Rashmi Rocket is a spirited rage against gender bias. A sports drama which is not about winning but fighting.