Director To Leave Taapsee Pannu Film Shaabash Mithu!
Filmmaker Rahul Dholakia confirmed on his Twitter platform that he can no longer continue to direct Taapsee Pannu starrer, Shabaash Mithu. He wished best to filmmaker Srijit Mukherji, who will now take over to make the film.
The film is based on the life of Women’s national cricket team captain, Mithila Raj, and features Taapsee in the lead role.
In the statement posted by Rahul Dholakia, he said: “There are some films which you know you have to do. Shabaash Mithu was that film. When I read the script I was certain, this film I had to do; that was almost a year and a half ago – unfortunately I have to end the journey that started in November 2019. I won’t be directing the fabulous script written by Priya Aven, and conceived by Ajit Andhare.”
He also said he got quite emotional while writing the note. “I have so many fond memories attached to this film that I can’t help but get emotional when I write this note. This film was always about passion – The passion of Mithali Raj, the greatest Indian woman cricketer ever, and her story which we were trying to tell. The passion of a studio head like Ajit Andhare who sat with us on all discussions- in covid, in lockdowns; at all times- the passion of a writer like Priya who worked very hard to strike the balance between emotion and cricket; the passion of Taapsee; who learnt to play cricket so well, that it was a delight shooting with her – the passion of every team member, actor, player who was trying to help us achieve this dream.”
He finished the statement with, “Unfortunately I won’t be part of the dream, but I am and will always be there for them to realize their dream. Covid messed up everyone’s schedules, mine was no different. 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. Thank you. Best wishes, Rahul Dholakia.”
National award-winning director Srijit is known for his works like Jaatishwar, Chotushkone, Ek Je Chhilo Raja, Gumnami as well as Forget Me Not and Bahrupiya. About joining Shabhaash Mithu, he expressed in a press statement that being a cricket buff, Mithila’s story had always inspired him. He was exited when he heard about the film and now that he is part of the film, and he is looking forward to kickstart it.