Taapsee Pannu was shocked to be taught concerning the gender take a look at of feminine athletes and the actor says she discovered it so “absurd” that she agreed to do “Rashmi Rocket”, a movie that questions the follow via the inspiring story of a sprinter. Pannu, an avid sports activities fanatic, went via intense bodily coaching to do justice to her function of a runner, whose life is thrown off observe when she is accused of mendacity about her gender.
“There was the truth that I am a lot into following all types of sports activities, how did I not learn about one thing so absurd taking place? And it has been taking place for many years and as newest as this Olympics. So it was very surprising for me to know.
“How loopy is it that another person will let you know if you’re a girl sufficient or not. It is virtually like an id disaster scenario the place it’s important to show your womanhood to have the ability to take part in a event you actually prepare your life for. We’re speaking about going to Mars and all that. Certainly, there’s a higher strategy to uncover that and never a gender take a look at, which solely occurs for females,” Pannu informed PTI in a Zoom interview.
The actor, identified for her critically-acclaimed roles in movies akin to “Pink”, “Mulk”, “Manmarziyaan” and “Thappad”, stated she gravitates in direction of tales that query the established order.
“One thing that’s taking place round and no one’s questioning the logic of it makes me really feel like perhaps I ought to convey it up within the mainstream for folks to start out seeing it from a special perspective which they have not seen until now…
“At any time when I get a chance with a script or story that makes me assume from one other perspective, I really feel like this shall be fascinating. All of us someplace have gone via one thing related, if not the very same and we additionally let it go considering it is regular,” the actor stated, including that such tales assist her join higher with the viewers.
“Rashmi Rocket” attracts inspiration from not one however many ladies athletes who’re subjected to the archaic however widespread follow of gender testing in sports activities. There are lots of real-life examples akin to South African athlete Caster Semenya, Indian athlete Dutee Chand, and Spanish hurdler Maria Jose Martinez-Patino who’ve confronted roadblocks of their careers as a result of such assessments.
Within the movie, Pannu’s character Rashmi goes via one thing related when her gender id is questioned and fingers are pointed at her for not becoming into society’s concept of a girl.
The actor stated it’s nothing however an extension of stereotyping a girl the place she is questioned for her physique language or for having muscle groups.
“There may be this tendency to field you in however there isn’t any logic behind it. Simply because it has been occurring for years and years, you proceed going forward with this and if you happen to query that, you’re thought-about to be the troublemaker,” she stated.
Pannu stated she wished the story of “Rashmi Rocket” to focus solely on the battle that her character goes via fairly than delving into the familial wrestle, which is why her character has a powerful assist system in her father, mom and husband.
“On this explicit movie, for instance, we didn’t actually need to present the private battle when it comes to the household not supporting an athlete or an athlete not being wealthy sufficient to afford sure sorts of amenities. That has been mentioned and proven rather a lot beforehand, that was not the agenda.
“That is why we averted tropes like household not being supportive. That actually helped us present issues which aren’t generally proven in sports-based movies.”
The movie was alleged to be shot and arrive final yr however the pandemic delayed its launch. Pannu, 34, stated although it is a coincidence that the movie is releasing now, she is blissful concerning the timing as persons are already eager to learn about extra sports activities past cricket “due to the sort of efficiency we have had within the Olympics, the notice has gone extraordinarily excessive”.
She can be set to star in “Shabaash Mithu”, a biopic on Indian cricketer Mithali Raj, to be directed by Srijit Mukherji. Pannu has beforehand performed a hockey participant in “Soorma”, that includes Diljit Dosanjh within the function of real-life hockey participant Sandeep Singh.
Directed by Akarsh Khurana, “Rashmi Rocket” additionally stars Priyanshu Painyuli, Supriya Pathak Kapur, Abhishek Banerjee, and Supriya Pilgaonkar.
The Kutch-set story, produced by RSVP and Mango Individuals Media, has been written by South filmmaker Nanda Periyasamy, Aniruddha Guha and Kanika Dhillon.
The movie is ready for a digital premiere on ZEE5 on Friday.