Srijit Mukherji’s ‘Shabaash Mithu’, starring Taapsee Pannu, is a not-bad biopic that has its moments

Posted on July 15, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

The story of a woman who experiences so many downs in life and compensates with so many ups while playing should have been more unique.

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Quick, name five women cricketers! This question is put to a cricket-crazy common man in an early scene in Srijit Mukherji’s Shabaash Mithu – but it could be addressed to any one of us. This lack of identity, this lack of recognition is the centre of Priya Aven’s screenplay. “Hum bhi to India ke liye khelte hain,” Mithali Raj says. We play for India, too. You feel her frustration, especially given how celebrated male cricketers are. The other issue is sexism/patriarchy. At a press conference, a journalist asks Mithali who her favourite male cricketer is. She asks if he would ask a male cricketer a similar question about a favourite female cricketer. Plus, there are various physical and social aspects – like menstruation, or marriage pressure – that make a sporting career so much more difficult for an Indian woman. But that’s what makes success so much sweeter. The opening credits play over a montage of boys and men playing cricket. At the end, Mithali is surrounded by a sea of little girls who wear white uniforms and who want to be her.

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