Rashmi Rocket Movie Review

Rashmi Rocket Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Priyanshu Painyuli, Abhishek Banerjee, Supriya Pathak,                                        Akash Khurana, Chirag Vora, Varun Badola, Supriya Pilgaonkar

Rashmi Rocket movie director: Akarsh Khurana

Rashmi Rocket movie rating: 3.5 stars

Rashmi Rocket is a real life story starring Taapsee Pannu, released on Zee5.

The film takes its major plot point from the real-life story of Dutee Chand and Santhi Soundarajan, who failed the gender verification test due to excessive testosterone (hyperandrogenism) after winning races. Chand struggled to have her suspension removed so that she could compete again. This was very well documented, making it a great subject for a film, even one which has, according to the opening credits, ‘fictionalised the characters, circumstances and situations by way of cinematic liberty’

In Akarsh Khurana’s film, Rashmi Vira (Taapsee Pannu) is shown as a spirited tomboy right from her carefree childhood, where her loving parents, Surpriya Pathak and Manoj Joshi encourage her to run her heart out. After a few bumps on the road, Rashmi, ‘as fast as a rocket’, finds herself training hard at the national level.

The film yo-yos between keeping it real and maintaining its dramatic pitch. The places where Pannu is believable make us believe too. The race-track sequences in which Rashmi looks super fit and raring to go are arresting, but there are other places where Pannu lets the effort show. 

Priyanshu Painyuli, who plays an army man and Rashmi’s partner who always has her back, is rock solid. Abhishek Banerjee’s committed advocate who takes up Rashmi’s cause, catches our eye too, even if his character is made to do the occasional silly thing.

It’s not just the push-and-pull of keeping it grounded while ratcheting the high drama quotient. You also have to get past the film throwing constructed spanners in the works: often a flimsy scene or situation feels inserted, or a dialogue underlined, and the incessant background music keeps calling attention to itself. 

But then you return to Rashmi fighting the good fight, for herself and for other athletes who have been done against in similar fashion, and you want to cheer. For keeping sporting women on top, and for the very worthy cause.

We give this a 3.5 star rating