Taapsee Pannu’s upcoming movie on Indian cricketer Mithali Raj, Shabaash Mithu gets a new director. Begum Jaan’s director Srijit Mukherji, who is also an outstanding Bengali filmmaker, has walked in for the film. It was earlier supposed to be directed by Rahul Dholakia.
Rahul Dholakia issued a statement saying how COVID ruined his plans of directing the film.Director He shared: “There are some films which you know you have to do. Shabaash Mithu was that film. Covid messed up everyone’s schedules, mine was no different. Unfortunately, I won’t be directing the fabulous script written by Priya Aven and conceived by Ajit Andhare on the life of the legendary cricketer Mithali Raj. Taapsee’s passion to immerse herself in the character made it a delight to work with her. Ajit has a vision and a plan for the film and the way to release it. I wish him and the team the very best for it.”
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— rahul dholakia (@rahuldholakia) June 22, 2021
Talking about the same, Srijit Mukherji said, “Being a cricket buff and researcher, Mithali’s tale has always been an inspiration to me. I was excited since I had first heard of this film being made and now that I am a part of it, I look forward to kickstart the journey to bring this exhilarating story to the silver screen soon.”
“Covid disruptions have required rescheduling of shoot and as a result Rahul is moving on from Shabaash Mithu. It’s unfortunate that after sharing and nurturing this dream for a long time Rahul has to part ways. His contribution will remain, I thank him for that and wish him the very best. Srijit Mukherji will now take over the director’s mantle. Srijit has worked with us closely on Ray and our plans of making a cricket film together will now come to fruition. I am sure he will bring all his passion and craft to this dream film,” informed Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Studios.
The movie is expected to release in 2022.