3.5 / 5
Gender screening is said to be the cause of acute mental trauma among athletes. In 2001, swimmer Pratima Gaonkar committed suicide after revealing and publicly commenting on her failed sex test. Santi Saundarajan, who won the silver medal in the 800m at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, failed a gender test and was reportedly stripped of her medal. Another athlete, Dutee Chand, had dropped out of the British Community Games in 2014 at the last minute after the Athletics Federation of India said hyperandrogenism made her incapable of competing as an athlete. She appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and won an interim decision in mid-2015. In February 2016, it became known that the IOC would not impose a maximum testosterone level for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Dutee Chand’s victory is the only silver lining in this dark head in the history of Indian sport. It can be said that Rashmi Rocket is inspired by the story of Dutee Chand in the sense that the central character here is fighting a lawsuit against the Indian sports body, citing a violation of its human rights.
Rashmi (Taapsee Pannu) is a natural athlete who has been running faster than anyone in his village since childhood. She gave up running due to a personal tragedy, but repeated it following the example of her captain Captain Thakur (Priyanshu Painyuli), an athletics coach in the Indian Army. She won every competition at the district and state level, and later got a chance to prove her dexterity internationally by Indian breeders. Although she is not classically trained and at first it is difficult to adhere to the norms, but later she learned the ropes fast enough to qualify for a place in the Indian team. She won medals at both the individual and team levels for India, but her victory was short-lived as she underwent a random gender test and was found to have higher testosterone levels than allowed. She was humiliated by the party press and completely shattered. Her handsome man proposes marriage, which she accepts and wants to fade into the comfort of homework. Eeshit (Abhishek Banerjee), a human rights lawyer, enters her life at this stage and forces her to file a lawsuit, saying she will not do it just for herself, but for hundreds of female athletes who have been made archaic. laws. She agrees with the fight and with the progress of the case, corruption and conspiracy come out of the wooden windows …
The film takes the position that sports committees, instead of hunting witches against their own athletes, should take a more humanitarian approach to such cases. They must support female athletes in their fight for justice not only in India but also in the international arena. Branding a woman as a man will inevitably damage her mental well-being, damage her reputation and deprive her of approval deals. The film is to be commended for making it clear that such tests are completely unfair to female athletes and should be canceled. Rashmi is manipulated by cops, the authorities treat him like a criminal and therefore begin to question her very existence. The film also shows that strong family support is needed at this stage. Despite the admirable support of her husband, mother, friends and relatives, Rashmi still feels vulnerable at times. She is not guilty at all and still feels like an exile. The pain and suffering he endures are truly real and the glory for Taapsee is that he revealed this through his full of energy. The actress is the soul of the film. She went through an incredible physical transformation to look like an athlete of the highest level. But more than physicality, the depiction of pure mental harassment, mental exhaustion, should be praised. This is as real as it happens and then some. Well done, Taapsee! The other actor to be mentioned is Abhishek Banerjee. His Eeshit is the soul of integrity, which compensates for the lack of etiquette in the courtroom with the passion he shows. He fights the case because he sees the injustice of it all, and as a prize fighter he lowers his head and continues to wave his fists until the bell rings. Priyanshu Painyuli offers solid support as a pillar of Rashmi’s strength, doing everything possible to cheer her up and make her run again. The cameos of the always reliable Varun Badola, Supria Patak and Manoi Joshi further add charm to the film.
The lawsuit is too dramatic, although the film’s screenwriters are awake enough to consider it. The subplot, consisting of a corrupt employee using secret antics, feels hastily sketched. And we don’t know why Taapsee’s original complexion isn’t preserved in the film, as the fake tan doesn’t feel natural. But these are small mistakes in a film that raises crucial moments. Competitors must be treated more humanely and given better conditions and paid rates. Gender identity is the bigger issue it raises. It is up to a person to identify with a certain gender and no one should question that. We are slowly becoming more inclusive as a society and Rashmi Rocket will certainly add positive vibes to this debate.
Trailer: Rashmi Rocket
Ronak Kotecha, October 14, 2021, 9:30 p.m. IST
4.0 / 5
HISTORY: Inspired by real events, Rashmi Rocket is the story of a fiery sprinter whose ascent to the top is obscured by a hidden gender test. Will she come to terms with fate or will she fight prejudice and conspiracy against it for the greater good of sportswomen in India?
OVERVIEW: Growing up in the small town of Kach Bui, Rashmi (Taapsee Pannu) is a fire from the word go. She gets into fights with the boys and is a rebellion in her heart. His dark skin and boyish manners instantly set her apart from other girls her age, but among other things, the only thing that made her special was her ability to sprint like a cheetah. Reinforced by family members, especially his equally stubborn mother Bhanu Ben (Supriya Pathak), Rashmi continues to represent India in the Asian Games. All is well until the gender equality test abruptly ends her career, shattering her spirit and morals, calling into question her very identity as a woman.
Unlike other sports dramas, Rashmi Rocket is not the only one that makes or interrupts the game in the climax. Yet the captivating story of Nanda Periasami, the poignant script of Anirudha Guha and the capable directing of Akarsh Hurana, holds your attention from beginning to end, where the race for justice takes place in court. Rashmi Rocket is more of a courtroom drama with an extremely important and topical topic for debate and one that drives dialogue. Yet the performance of the film never becomes preaching or downright patriotic. This sometimes becomes convenient and makes you wonder if female athletes, who have actually faced prejudice and identity crisis due to their genetic makeup, are privileged as the main character here. Because in reality their lives are much darker. Of course, this is an ideal scenario and the film proves how such women deserve a normal lifestyle and a chance to be heard. Especially after a simple ordeal, he not only ends his career, but also makes them the object of ridicule and discrimination.
Taapsee Pannu once again proves his courage, embodying physically and mentally the personality of Rashmi. Her effort to celebrate Rashmi’s victory and endure her pain is as real as it is, and the actress doesn’t miss the beat when she has to make us take root in her character. Her make-up could have been more believable, not just a few shades darker.
There are many actors, each of whom performs his role to perfection. Priyanshu Paynuli is charming as a supportive husband who stands by the love of his life when the odds are firmly against her. Abhishek Banerjee is doing well as a slightly stupid but determined Rashmi defender. Supriya Pilgaonkar is credible as a referee, and Mantra is excellent as a strict coach of the Rashmi team.
Amit Trivedi’s music and Kausar Munir’s lyrics go smoothly from inspiring to emotional, but the background score in the courtroom scenes sounds slightly out of place. The scale of the film, although not very large, meets the requirements of the script. The most important scenes on the track, depicting a stadium full of merry crowds in long shots, come to life with excitement.
With powerful performances, Rashmi Rocket fires at all cylinders and continues the course of informing, entertaining and educating the public about an archaic practice that must be abandoned in the race against inequality and bias.