On 3rd December, which happens to be the birthday of the former Indian women's cricketing team captain Mithali Raj, Taapsee Pannu had announced signing the biopic on the life of the former Indian Skipper, Shabaash Mithu. The biopic will start rolling next year as Taapsee has quite a few films lined up for the release before the biopic. In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Taapsee Pannu revealed when and how she learned about Mithali and what attracted her to this biopic and the character.
"I started following Mithali Raj when she counter-questioned a journalist who asked her about her favourite male cricketer, wondering if he’d pose the same query to a male cricketer. I felt an instant connect because as an actress, I’m constantly asked about my co-stars. When I started watching her matches, what struck me as odd was that when her team was battling it out on the pitch, trying to meet the required run rate, she’d sit calmly in the pavilion reading a book. I was so happy when I met her and got my answer." Taapsee Pannu revealed.
Taapsee was very curious before meeting Mithali, that how could she be so calm and not fret about the players on the field. Instead, immerse herself in a book and keep reading. When asked Mithali the same, Taapsee revealed, "She told me that when two players are batting, there’s nothing she can do from the dugout. So, instead of panicking, she picks up a book. Of course, her game time reading is quite different from what she otherwise reads. Had I been in her place, forget nails, I would have bitten my fingers off."
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When asked if she is a cricket fan since cricket is considered as good as a religion in India, Taapsee had an interesting answer. "I used to watch India’s matches religiously and would run to my room to do a paath, if we were not doing well on the field. But even I didn’t watch women’s cricket. We have no right to call ourselves a cricket-loving nation, if we make it about gender. Then, we should be specific and say we love men’s cricket because even after the Indian women’s cricket team reached the finals of the World Cup, there was no one to greet them at the airport when they returned." The actress told Mirror.
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