Taapsee Pannu passes the finish line with a thunderous victory.

Taapsee Pannu’s Rashmi Rocket has been making headlines, but in an industry where there have been such amazing sports dramas in the past, does Rashmi Rocket have an impact?

Film: Rocket Rashmi
Streaming in: Sea5

Release date: October 15, 2021
To emit: Taapsee Pannu, Abhishek Banerjee, Priyanshu Painyuli, Supriya Pathak, Varun Badola, Shweta Tripathi

director: Akarsh Khurana

Taapsee Pannu’s Rashmi Rocket begins airing on Zee5 from October 15 onwards. The movie has had quite a stir around it. From its promising premise of making headlines for all the trolls that main star Taapsee, who plays the title role, was subjected to for her masculine looks, Rashmi Rocket has been one of the most anticipated OTT releases of this year. But in an industry where there have been such amazing sports dramas in the past, does Rashmi Rocket have an impact? Read the review to find out …

What is it about?

This original ZEE5 film tells the story of a small town girl, Rashmi Vira (Taapsee Pannu), who overcomes all social barriers to become a national level athlete. But at the top of his glorious stride, he faces the greatest obstacle he has ever seen that can change the course of his life. Rashmi is forced to undergo a gender test, the results of which label her as ‘mardaana’. His whole world collapses. How can you compete with women if you are not on par with them? How true are your accomplishments and accolades when you compete in women’s games, despite not being “feminine enough”? But will the baseless, flawed, and exploitative rules and laws created by a patriarchal society stop Rashmi’s race to success? Or will he find a way to cross this hurdle and reach the finish line in this fight for his identity?

Check out the official trailer for Rashmi Rocket below:

What heat?

Rashmi Rocket starts out slow, takes her time establishing characters, but gradually recovers and keeps you hooked throughout. The story progresses at a steady pace, and while sports dramas have plenty of room to get overly dramatic, the story and script in Rashmi Rocket manage to keep things realistic and relatable. As the story takes us through the journey of how Rashmi Vira, only another middle class young woman from Gujarat becomes a national level athlete, Rashmi Rocket, helps us build a relationship with this woman we are seeing in the screen. You will hate her for not realizing her potential, you will admire her when she puts her mind, heart and soul into winning every race and feels anguish every time she fails, falters or feels sorry for herself and decides to give up.

And therein lies the beauty of Rashmi Rocket. It is a real problem that is responsible for stopping many athletes around the world, with a real character that is as strong as it is vulnerable.

The casting is perfect and while Taapsee Pannu impresses with her strong acting as usual, it is Abhishek Banerjee as the determined lawyer who stands out. While the music in the movie doesn’t leave you humming long after the movie ends, it’s not over the top and is perfectly suited to various situations. The background score is in perfect sync with the emotions that appear on the screen, complementing the story.

It’s not?

Editing could have been better and some scenes, which didn’t add much to the story, could have been left out to get rid of the moments where the story seems to creep.

BL Verdict:

Rashmi Rocket is not just another sports movie it is the story of an ambitious individual fighting against all odds. It stands out for delving into a less known and less discussed ‘real’ aspect that afflicts athletes and athletes around the world. And therefore, it deserves all the attention. Plus, it’s Dusshera’s long weekend and this family drama is just the perfect break from all the over-the-top, high-octane action actors with the ‘burai pe acchai ki jeet’ over the title track. We’re going three and a half stars out of five for Rashmi Rocket.

3.5 of 5

3.5 star rating


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