Taapsee Pannu starrer ZEE5 Original Movie ‘Rashmi Rocket’ has sparked a frenzy all over the country. The impressive trailers and the hard-hitting narrative about the practice of gender testing has found a connect with viewers all over. The movie is based on Rashmi, an incredibly fast runner who dreams of crossing the finish line as an athlete and making a mark for her country. However, she soon understands that the race to the finish line has multiple obstacles, and what seems like an athletic competition turns into her personal battle for respect, honour, and her individual identity. The central topic of the movie is gender testing in sports.
Recently, Taapsee had an opportunity to chat with Hima Das, also known as Dhing Express. Hima is an Indian sprinter from the state of Assam who has made the nation proud! Hima is the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships. She is also the recipient of an Arjuna award and was appointed as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Assam Police under the state’s Integrated Sport Policy.
Both achievers in their respective fields had a chance to speak about sports, ambitions, life and specifically on the hurdles faced by female sportsperson in the country. Hima who has seen glimpses of Rashmi Rocket loved it and applauded Taapsee’s performance in the movie. Taapsee in return said it was Hima’s validation and compliment which she was waiting for and which means the most to her.
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Taapsee Pannu said, “I became a fan of Hima Das when I saw her race to victory in U20 Chamionship and since then I address her as a rocket who has made the country proud by winning so many accolades. It was amazing interacting with her and knowing more about her inspiring journey in her own words. Hima’s energy and positivity rubs off on people around her and she truly is a force to reckon with. it was heartening to know that she loved Rashmi Rocket as I have worked so hard on this film and this has been my toughest film so far but after receiving her compliments, I feel it was all worth it as there’s no bigger compliment than the one coming from a real athlete and a real ‘rocket’.”
Hima Das shared, “The minute I watched Rashmi Rocket’s trailer, it caught my attention. I have immense love and respect for Taapsee for her choice of roles and because Taapsee picks roles that empower other women. It was lovely chatting with Taapsee about our struggles and journey as I don’t feel alone now in this race. We managed to inspire each other and we hope that people who watch our conversation and Rashmi Rocket also feel inspired as we are in this together”.
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Neha Anand and Pranjal Khandhdiya, written by Nanda Periyasamy, Aniruddha Guha and Kanika Dhillon and directed by Akarsh Khurana, ‘RASHMI ROCKET’ also stars Supriya Pathak, Abhishek Banerjee, Priyanshu Painyuli and Supriya Pilgaonkar.
*The movie is set to premiere on ZEE5 on 15th October*