RASHMI ROCKET tackles an important issue and is laced with a powerful performance by Taapsee Pannu. The movie will need a strong word of mouth.

Rashmi Rocket Review {3.0/5} and Review Rating

Rashmi Rocket is the story of a girl who is accused of being a man. The year is 2014. Rashmi Veera (Taapsee Pannu) hails from Bhuj, Gujarat and is a tour guide. He is a great sprinter but quits running after losing his father Ramnik (Manoj Joshi) in the 2001 earthquake. At the time, she was participating in an ongoing tournament when the earthquake struck. She was so lost in the race that she did not even realize the stampede around her. His mother, Bhanuben (Supriya Pathak) then raised him and started fighting for the rights of the women of her village. Since she lives in a military area, she has a good friendship with an army doctor, Dr. Ejaz Qureshi (Akash Khurana). He introduces her to Captain Gagan Thakur (Priyanshu Painyuli). While on tour with Gagan and his companions, she sprints like a rocket and saves the life of a soldier who was about to step on a landmine. Gagan encourages him to run. This time she agreed. She manages to win in the state level tournament. The Indian Athletics Association took notice of him and asked him to join them so that he could practice and, hopefully, represent India at the Asia Games 2014. The initial days are tough for Rashmi because even though she is a talented sprinter, she is poor when it comes. For some basic rules and techniques of the game. Under head coach Tejas Mukherjee (Mantra), she manages to get better at the game. Some fellow runners despise him, especially Niharika (Miloni Jhonsa) and Priyanka (Namita Dubey). They call him ‘Purusha’ because they believe that he has masculine qualities. Rashmi ignores these things and focuses on her game. In the Asia Games, Rashmi manages to win three gold medals. The same day, when she returns, a lady officer of the association (Leesha Bajaj) asks her to accompany her for some procedure. Rashmi is taken to a government hospital and has to undergo several blood tests. Then for the ultrasound test, she is asked to do a bandage. All these processes take around six hours and Rashmi is not allowed to eat food. Feeling humiliated, she returns to her hostel. She bumps into Niharika who once again taunts her and calls her ‘Launda’. In a fit of rage, Rashmi punches him in the face. After sometime the police reach the hostel. Inspector Sathe (Umesh Prakash Jagtap) claims that he had received a complaint that a man is hiding in a women’s hostel. They conclude that the hostel man is none other than Rashmi. He has been arrested. Gagan enters the police station and drops him. As they both come out of the police station, they find that the media has already arrived. The test reports also leak and prove that Rashmi has abnormally high levels of testosterone. That’s why the association has banned them. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Movie Review: Rashmi Rocket

The story of Nanda Periyasamy is novel and appears to be inspired by the life of Dutee Chand. Anirudh Guha’s screenplay (additional screenplay by Kanika Dhillon) is well written and simple. The subject that has been raised in the film is new and it is a bit difficult for the audience to understand. But the authors have done their best to ensure that the proceedings are easily understood. However, the second half keeps swinging between court and non-court scenes. However, the latter is not as attractive. Kanika Dhillon’s dialogues (additional dialogues by Akarsh Khurana, Anirudh Guha and Lisha Bajaj) are one of the best things about the venture. Several one-liners amplify the effect.

Akarsh Khurana’s direction is neat. One of his biggest wins is that he handles the crux of the film in a sensitive matter. There is no title visually or verbally. And the various tracks are handled tactfully, be it Rashami’s bond with Gagan or Rashami’s training pains or the courtroom drama. On the other hand, where Rashmi and Bhanuben’s track is touching in the first half, it is weak in the second half. Why Rashmi and her mother stopped communicating is not properly explained. While the court scenes take the film to heights, the middle scenes do not create the desired effect, although a lot is happening here as well. One important plot point, revealed in the climax, is predictable, although it is treated like a suspense track.

Rashmi Rocket starts in a dramatic way. The parts of childhood are sweet. The scene where Gagan befriends Rashmi and realizes that he is an expert runner. Rashmi’s training track is dramatic and keeps the audience hooked. However, the scene that shakes the most in the first half is how Rashmi is humiliated during the Test. Gagan’s laughter in the police station deserves applause. In the second half, the entry of Ishik (Abhishek Banerjee) adds some light moments. All the courtroom scenes are entertaining but the middle ones are not as effective. Finale is great.

Taapsee Pannu: “When I Wasn’t Accepted For Pink, My Way Of Revenge…”

Taapsee Pannu is brilliant as expected. After giving some award-worthy performances, nothing else is expected of him but the best. And she doesn’t disappoint. Also, she keeps the Gujarati accent and the masculine a bit restrained and it works. Priyanshu Painyuli’s dialogue delivery is good and suits the role. Abhishek Banerjee plays in the gallery and is quite entertaining. He breathes life in the second half of the film. Supriya Pathak is lovely but her track could have been more convincing in the second half. Manoj Joshi and Akash Khurana look lovely in the guest appearance. Supriya Pilgaonkar (Judge Savita Deshpande) stole the show. The mantra gives competent support. Same goes for Varun Badola (Dilip Chopra). Miloni Jhonsa and Namita Dubey are fine in antagonist-type roles. Umesh Prakash Jagtap leaves his mark with just a few scenes. Zafar Karachiwala (Mangesh Desai) does a commendable job. Asim Jaydev Hattangadi (Praveen Sood) and Kshitij Jog (Dr Mhatre) are good in a small role. Lisha Bajaj has an arresting appearance. Shweta Tripathi Sharma (Maya Bhasin) is amazing in a cameo.

Amit Trivedi’s music is nothing special. ‘Ghani Cool Chori’ The album somewhat fulfills the need for a chartbuster song. ‘stubborn’ Other sports films lack the punch of an adrenaline-pumping track. ‘Ran Ma Kutch’ The film has a good audible to Kutch setting. ‘Zindagi Tere Naam’ worth forgetting. Amit Trivedi’s background score is far better.

Neha Party Matiyani’s cinematography is apt for a film like this. Durgaprasad Mohapatra’s production design is realistic. Rohit Chaturvedi’s costumes are stylish, especially the ones worn by Taapsee. Late Ajay Sharma and Shweta Venkat Mathew’s editing could have been sleeker in the second half.

Overall, Rashmi Rocket tackles an important issue and is graced with a powerful performance by Taapsee Pannu. The film will need a strong word of mouth as the lack of buzz around the film may prove to be somewhat disappointing.

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