RASHMI ROCKET tackles an important topic and features a powerful performance from Taapsee Pannu. The movie will need strong word of mouth.


Rashmi Rocket {3.0 / 5} Review and Review Rating

RASHMI ROCKET is the story of a girl accused of being a man. The year is 2014. Rashmi Vira (Taapsee Pannu) is from Bhuj, Gujarat and is a tour guide. She is a great runner, but stopped running after losing her father, Ramnik (Manoj Joshi), in the 2001 earthquake. At the time, she was participating in a racing tournament when the earthquake struck. She was so lost in the race that she didn’t even notice the chaos that surrounded her. Her mother, Bhanuben (Supriya Pathak) raised her and also began to fight for women’s rights in her village. Since she resides in an army area, she is good friends with an army doctor, Dr. Ejaz Qureshi (Akash Khurana). He introduces him to Captain Gagan Thakur (Priyanshu Painyuli). While traveling with Gagan and her colleagues, she runs like a rocket and saves the life of a soldier who was about to step on a landmine. Gagan encourages her to start running. This time, she agrees. He manages to win in the tournament at the state level. The Indian Athletics Association takes notice of her and is asked to join them so she can practice and hopefully represent India at the 2014 Asian Games. The early days are tough for Rashmi as that although she is a talented runner, she is poor when it comes. to certain basic rules and techniques of the sport. Under the direction of head coach Tejas Mukherjee (Mantra), he manages to improve at the game. Some of the runners look down on her, especially Niharika (Miloni Jhonsa) and Priyanka (Namita Dubey). They call her ‘man’ because they think she has masculine qualities. Rashmi ignores these spikes and concentrates on her game. At the Asian Games, Rashmi manages to win three gold medals. On the same day, when she returns, an official (Lisha Bajaj) of the Association asks her to accompany her for some procedure. Rashmi is taken to a government hospital and forced to undergo multiple blood tests. Then for the ultrasound test, you are asked to undress. All of these procedures take almost six hours and Rashmi is not allowed to eat. She returns to her shelter feeling humiliated. She runs into Niharika, who once again taunts her and calls her ‘launda’. An angry Rashmi punches him in the face. Some time later, the police arrive at the shelter. Inspector Sathe (Umesh Prakash Jagtap) claims that he received a complaint that a man is hiding in the women’s shelter. They conclude that the man from the shelter is none other than Rashmi. She is arrested. Gagan breaks into the police station and frees her. As soon as they both leave the police station, they find that the media have already arrived. Test reports are also leaked and show that Rashmi has an unusually high level of testosterone. Therefore, the Association prohibits it. What happens next forms the rest of the movie.

Movie Review: Rashmi Rocket

Nanda Periyasamy’s story is novel and seems to be inspired by the life of Dutee Chand. The script by Aniruddha Guha (additional script by Kanika Dhillon) is well written and simplistic. The subject that is tackled in the film is new and a little difficult for the public to grasp. But the writers have gone to great lengths to make sure the procedures are easily understandable. However, the second half oscillates between the scenes on the court and off the court. The latter, however, is not so attractive. Kanika Dhillon’s dialogues (additional dialogues from Akarsh Khurana, Anirrudha Guha, and Lisha Bajaj) are one of the best things about the company. Several witty phrases enhance the impact.

Akarsh Khurana’s leadership is orderly. One of his greatest victories is that he handles the heart of the film on a delicate matter. There is no excitement either visually or verbally. And the various clues are skillfully handled, whether it’s Rashmi’s bond with Gagan or Rashmi’s training agony or court drama. On the other hand, however, while Rashmi and Bhanuben’s track is played in the first half, in the second half, it is weak. It is not properly explained why Rashmi and her mother stopped communicating. While the courtroom scenes take the film to the top, the in-between sequences don’t create the desired impact, although a lot is going on here as well. An important plot point, revealed at the climax, is predictable, although it is treated as a clue of suspense.

RASHMI ROCKET begins on a dramatic note. Childhood rations are sweet. The scene where Gagan befriends Rashmi and he realizes that she is a skilled runner is well executed. Rashmi’s training track is dramatic and keeps viewers engaged. However, the scene that vibrates the most in the first half is how Rashmi is humiliated while undergoing tests. Gagan’s outburst at the station is to be applauded. In the second half, the entrance of Eeshit (Abhishek Banerjee) adds some moments of light. All the courtroom scenes are fascinating, but the in-between scenes are not as effective. The ending is great.

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Taapsee Pannu is fabulous as expected. After delivering some award-worthy performances, one only expects the best of her. And she doesn’t disappoint. Also, keep the Gujarati accent and moderate masculine touch and that works. Priyanshu Painyuli has excellent dialogue delivery and fits the role. Abhishek Banerjee plays in the gallery and is quite entertaining. Breathe life into the second half of the film. Supriya Pathak is charming, but her track could have been more convincing in the second half. Manoj Joshi and Akash Khurana are adorable in guest appearances. Supriya Pilgaonkar (Judge Savita Deshpande) steals the show. Mantra provides capable support. The same goes for Varun Badola (Dilip Chopra). Miloni Jhonsa and Namita Dubey are fine in antagonist-type roles. Umesh Prakash Jagtap makes his mark with just a couple of scenes. Zafar Karachiwala (Mangesh Desai) performs a commendable act. Aseem Jayadev Hattangady (Praveen Sood) and Kshiti Jog (Dr. Mhatre) are decent in a small role. Lisha Bajaj has a stunning presence. Shweta Tripathi Sharma (Maya Bhasin) is excellent in a cameo.

There is nothing special about Amit Trivedi’s music. ‘Ghani Cool Chori’ It satisfies the need for a blockbuster song on the album to a degree. ‘Zidd’ it lacks the force of the adrenaline pumping tracks in other sports movies. ‘Rann Ma Kutchh’ It’s a nice ode to the Kutchh setting from the movie. ‘Zindagi Tere Naam’ it is forgettable. Amit Trivedi’s background score is much better.

Neha Parti Matiyani’s cinematography is appropriate for such a film. Durgaprasad Mahapatra’s production design is realistic. Rohit Chaturvedi’s costumes are stylish, especially the ones Taapsee wears. Editing by the late Ajay Sharma and Shweta Venkat Mathew could have been more skillful in the second half.

Overall, RASHMI ROCKET tackles an important topic and features a powerful performance from Taapsee Pannu. The movie will need some strong word of mouth, as the lack of buzz surrounding the movie could be a deterrent to some extent.


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