We have seen many classics if it can be better said sports dramas or biographies made over the years, but if they were sensational tales then how many? Some were extremely emotional and some were inspirational but when it comes to telling a story that really explores a topic quite revolutionary in the world of this game, Rashmi Rocket stands tall and apart. Seeing this kind of story in mainstream genre like biographical and sports drama is really something for Indian/Bollywood audience.
This ZEE5 Original narrates the inspiring story of a small town girl, Rashmi (nicknamed Rocket because of her rocket speed running), who overcomes all social barriers to become a national level athlete, but all the hurdles in her glory. comes when it is called. undergo a gender test. This personal battle becomes a battle for the entire female gender athletes, who have seen the worst experiences this scientifically incorrect test deserves and it also gives a speech on the disparity between male and female athletes. The writing is top notch, perhaps the most unusual but noteworthy issue in the genre so far. The script may go wrong here and there as it falls prey to the theatrical notion of Bollywood filmmaking but the core of the story never hurts. From ambitions to nepotism, from politics to law and justice, it boasts a lot for a story and I think that is what makes it special.
Talking about the performances, Rashmir Rocket is very good here. Taapsee Pannu as Rashmi gets into the character’s skin and makes many changes effortlessly according to the circumstances. Priyanshu Painyuli and Abhishek Banerjee both falter in the beginning but look more confident later on. Supriya Pathak’s experience gives exactly what the director wanted in that role. Rashmi Rocket is a bit longer than expected as the songs and romance, which were not much essential parts of the main context, but figuratively it is still fine as far as a mainstream Bollywood film is concerned.
Director Akarsh Khurana has finally got a product to remember. He has a good directing career so far, but nothing remarkable, so this film might be the best bet for that feat. Except for a few flaws here and there and the occasional scattered story, Rashmi Rocket is nowhere to be found damaged. It flies high and gives you a worthy ride for two hours so don’t miss it. Strongly recommended for female audiences.
Rating – 3.5/5*