1 min read.Updated: 09 May 2022, 12:22 PM ISTLata Jha
The sports drama has been directed by Srijit Mukherji and produced by Viacom18 Studios.
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Shabaash Mithu, a film based on the life of cricketer Mithali Raj, starring Taapsee Pannu, will release in cinemas on 15 July. The sports drama has been directed by Srijit Mukherji and produced by Viacom18 Studios.
To be sure, Indian cinema’s love for sports biopics is evident in the number of films slated over the next few months. Maidaan starring Ajay Devgn as real-life football coach Syed Abdul Rahim is slated for this June, while filmmaker Luv Rajan, known for films like Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety and Pyaar Ka Puchnama, has announced a biopic on cricketer Sourav Ganguly.
More recently, Hindi film industry also turned to the specific genre of women and sports films to drive theatrical audiences, as real slice-of-life stories emerge and female-led cinema finds more favour at the box office. Last March, T-Series released Saina, based on the life of badminton player Saina Nehwal, starring Parineeti Chopra.
Media experts say that since filmmaking is a business and for sports movies to be appealing, the narrative must be married to something that will be commercially successful.
“So, when you’re picking people whom you will talk about, they have to be subjects that will click and whose life has already found a certain currency. And sport is one such subject which is of interest to people,“ Prasoon Joshi, writer of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a biopic of Milkha Singh, had said in an earlier interview to Mint.
Making a sports biopic has some in-built advantages. For the audiences, they offer the charm of watching movie stars assume the roles of known sports personalities, pushing themselves out of traditional comfort zones and seeking critical appreciation. Further, there are specific marketing opportunities these films lend themselves to, allowing for several corporate partnerships, and resonating with people since it’s a story of human triumph.