Shabaash Mithu: A Plodding Drama Centered On The Women In Blue

Taapsee Pannu plays the title character in the biopic of Mithali Raj, a former Test and ODI captain for the India women's national cricket team. Check the Shabaash Mithu movie review below.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Jul 15, 2022 10:27 IST
Shabaash Mithu: A Plodding Drama Centered On The Women In Blue
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The producer of Shabaash Mithu revealed the movie's release date as 4 February 2022 on 3 December, the same day Mithali Raj celebrated her birthday. The comedy movie Badhaai Do, starring Rajkummar Rao, had to be postponed till February 11 because of the conflicting date. The movie was later delayed before ultimately being released on July 15, 2022. Here's the Shabaash Mithu review you should definitely check out.

Shabaash Mithu Review

Story: Mithali Dorai Raj, who was accidentally introduced to cricket at a young age by her friend Noorie, is from a Tamil family and was born in Hyderabad. Even though she takes over as Team India's captain at a young age in her career, she must first overcome several obstacles before bringing attention to the ladies in blue.

Review: Within the initial few minutes of its running time, Shabaash Mithu by Srijit Mukherji seeks to grab your attention and draw you into Mithali Raj's existence. Little Mithali began her career as a Bharatnatyam dancer before switching to cricket. She eventually became one of our nation's youngest players to represent India internationally in a sport that was dominated by her male counterparts. 

The film makes a deliberate effort to portray the underlying sentiment that the team must have felt at every turn over its duration, including Mithali's fight for numerous such concerns and the squad's experiences with being mocked and refused equal opportunity. The story of the women's national team competing for attention in the sun is progressively woven into Mithali's own cricket journey. It is a heartfelt underdog story without the jingoistic clichés and heart-pumping scenes.

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Taapsee Pannu works very hard to internalise Mithali Raj's character. The best part of her performance is that she doesn't imitate the cricketer; instead, she puts herself in Mithali's shoes, takes in, and expresses the emotions Mithali may have experienced at various points in her life. She accomplishes this without the use of any robust dialoguebaazi. When she is playing cricket on the field, she also exudes comfort. The cricket sequences, aside from the archival film, have been wonderfully choreographed, but one would have liked to see more of it.

The dialogue has been maintained consistent with the film's tone and strategy. Somehow, the climactic monologue by Taapsee makes one think of Shah Rukh Khan's Sattar-Minute tirade in Chak De! India. The two young actors, Inayat Verma and Kasturi Jagnam, are also positive because they make for enjoyable viewing.

When a movie feels longer than its running duration, it's one thing when it has a long running time. It is the latter in this instance. Shabaash Mithu's running time, which is less than three hours, feels much longer than it actually is. The movie's songs hardly add anything to the story, if anything, they only serve to slow things down. Nothing prevents the screenplay from being written with a little more vigor and spunk, even though the movie's main character is known to be a less expressive person.

The development of the other key characters, who could have made a significant contribution to highlighting more complexities and layers in Mithali's personal and professional path, was another area that deserved much more attention. The thrilling events that would have occurred in her life, especially during the 2017 World Cup, are not well shown in the film. Those who have been eagerly awaiting the release of a film about Mithali, one of the most recognizable players in women's cricket today, will undoubtedly be left wanting more. A replay of one of her historic victories would be beneficial.

Overall Rating- 2.5/5

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