Shabaash Mithu Movie Review: Taapsee Pannu captains the Mithali Raj Biopic to victory despite hiccups

Film: Shabaash Mithu

Director: Srijit Mukherji

Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Vijay Raaz, Inayat Verma, Kasturi Jagnam

Platform: Theatrical

Rating: 3/5

You do not all the time have to win to be termed a winner – that is the studying we take dwelling from the Mithali Raj Biopic, Shabaash Mithu, fronted by Taapsee Pannu. In the preliminary parts, director Srijit Mukherji establishes the plight of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team, which is struggling to not simply win a sport however preventing for fundamental wants like meals, shelter, cricket kits and much more. The filmmaker additionally brings in a refreshing take to the story by additionally focusing on the childhood parts of Mithali Raj, going deep into how precisely she discovered love for the sport, and the journey from there on. It’s a story that encapsulates not simply the rise of a legend named Mithali Raj, but in addition the collective rise of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team at a worldwide stage.

With a holistic method to her life, one is ready to be on the journey of Mithali Raj to make it large for the nation. What begins as a private battle, ultimately finally ends up being a combat for the workforce, to be observed in a rustic that worships the male cricketers. The dramatic portion is the place the core battle of the film lies, and Srijit manages to make an announcement without overtly occurring the face of the male vs feminine sentiment. 

At a runtime of two hours and thirty six minutes, Shabaash Mithu does have a tendency to get repetitive on the screenplay entrance, particularly in the first half. There are sure sequences that even have a deja-vu of sport drama and actual life tales like Chak De India, Dangal, Saina and even Gunjan Saxena. But this has acquired to do with an overdose of the biopic style and never the issue with filmmaking. The style has its limitations, as such underdog tales as a rule have comparable templates of incidents. There are sure sequences which have a tendency to go melodramatic, however they’re far and few in between. The battle between Mithali Raj and her brother, Mithun, might have been established in a greater approach, as the outcome on display is slightly undercooked.

The cinematography is excellent, and so is the digital camera work in capturing the cricket matches. The dialogues are good – particularly the whole monologue post Vijay Raaz’s dying. However, the batting photographs might have been barely higher on the technical entrance. The greatest moments in the movies begin with the whole childhood sequence of Mithali and her pal, Noorie, adopted by the intermission block, the whole sequence the place Mithali turns into the youngest Indian captain, the confrontation between the Women’s Team and CIA,  the motivational speech by the protagonist – Taapsee – proper earlier than the world cup and the ultimate sequence of the girls’s workforce returning to India. The modifying might have been crispier. The music by Amit Trivedi is soulful, and the observe “Hindustan Meri Jaan” stands out.

Talking of performances, Shabaash Mithu is a Taapsee Pannu present. She is Mithali Raj from the first body and performs with perfection. Taapsee is subdued in a few of the key parts of the film, underplaying on the emotional entrance too. Watch out for her motivational speech in the second half – it is incredible. She shines in the emotional and intense moments, although the cricketing side might have been barely higher. Vijay Raaz as Coach Sampath, is in his components, delivering what will be termed a reliable efficiency. The two baby artists – Inayat Verma, Kasturi Jagnam – are pleasant of their respective elements. The remainder of the ensemble do effectively.

All in all, Shabaash Mithu deserves to be watched to witness the journey of a lady, who’s chargeable for the unimaginable rise of Indian Women’s cricket in the final twenty years – Mithali Raj. Srijit Mukherji marries cricket with drama and feelings, although there are situations the place he does fall in the troops of creating a sport film, that herald the deja-vu issue. Slight trimming would have made the film much more impactful. But nonetheless, by the finish of it, the film makes you say, “Kya Baat Mithu”. Worth A Watch. 

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