Director Akarsh Khurana says making Rashmi Rocket was additionally an “eye-opener” for him in regards to the exploitation feminine athletes face within the identify of gender testing. “We started writing it two years back and sadly, nothing has changed. Same incidents are happening even today. It’s been a learning experience for me,” he instructed indianexpress.com.
Rashmi Rocket, that revolves across the archaic system, is already turning heads because of little consciousness across the subject. It stars Taapsee Pannu within the titular function of a national-level sprinter who fights for her dignity. She will get banned by the athletics affiliation after present process gender testing and is said “not a woman”.
“There was a basic awareness about the topic from what I’d seen in news. But not in detail. There were some cases in Tamil Nadu around which Nandha Periyasamy wrote a fictionalised story. When it came to me, I read more about it and realised it’s widespread in India,” Akarsh shared in an unique chat.
Akarsh, who’s helmed Karwaan and High Jack, picked journalist-turned-writer Aniruddha Guha as a result of “he was a perfect mix of a storyteller with a research mindset, which I lack,” the filmmaker stated. “Things that we eventually shared were a real eye-opener,” he added.
Talking in regards to the casting, Akarsh revealed that he goes again a good distance with Priyanshu and Abhishek. ” If you suppose it’s a giant danger (casting them), it truly isn’t. Priyanshu comes from a military household so he all the time had a need to play such a personality. I knew I received’t must do any homework for him as he’ll handle it on his personal,” he stated, lauding the way in which Priyanshu imbibed the military behaviour in his character Gagan.
Abhishek and Akarsh have identified one another since their Delhi theatre days. Akarsh asserted that regardless of Abhishek doing comedy roles or villainous elements like in Paatal Lok, he knew what the actor was truly able to. “I remember in one of the first scenes he did in Rashmi Rocket, I asked him why he was going away from himself. He should remain Abhishek. That’s when he also started seeing it in a new light. According to me, he could’ve had a lot more fun with the character, because he was holding it completely. Of course there are little wonderful things that he’s added to his character Eeshit, a lawyer, who’s also an underdog.”
Stressing on how Taapsee Pannu received into the pores and skin of Rashmi Vira with utmost honesty, Akarsh additionally expressed shock when the actor was closely trolled for wanting “masculine” within the movie. The director stated seeing all these feedback and “old school thought process”, he was assured why the movie is related.
“It’s about questioning the regressive mindset. So it was interesting seeing all this. It’s just underlining what the film is also about. In fact I won’t reveal much, but Abhishek’s introduction scene is a reply to such trolls. I’m looking forward to all these things getting addressed through the film without being preachy, by making a statement how everybody needs to grow up,” Akarsh concluded.
Rashmi Rocket additionally stars Supriya Pathak, Chirag Vora, Akash Khurana, Manoj Joshi, Mantra and Supriya Pilgaonkar. It launched on ZEE5 on October 15.