New Delhi, October 13 (PTI) Taapsee Pannu was surprised to learn of the female athlete gender test and the actress says she found it so “absurd” that she agreed to do “Rashmi Rocket”, a film that challenges practice through the inspiring story of a sprinter.
Pannu, a sports enthusiast, has undergone intense physical training to do justice to her role as a runner, whose life is turned upside down when accused of lying about her sex.
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“There was the fact that I’m so passionate about all kinds of sports, how didn’t I know something so absurd was going on? And this has been happening for decades and until these Olympics. know.
“It’s crazy for someone else to tell you if you’re a pretty woman or not. It’s almost like an identity crisis situation where you have to prove your femininity in order to compete in a tournament you you’re really training. We’re talking about going to Mars and all that. Surely there’s a better way to find out that and not a gender test, which only happens for women, “Pannu told PTI in an interview. Zoom.
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The actress, known for her critically acclaimed roles in films such as “Pink,” “Mulk,” “Manmarziyaan” and “Thappad,” said she was drawn to stories that challenge the status quo .
“Something going on around and no one is questioning the logic of it makes me think maybe I should bring it up in the mainstream so people start to see it from a different point of view than they haven’t seen so far …
“Anytime I get an opportunity with a script or story that makes me think from another point of view, I feel like it will be interesting. We’ve all been through something similar somewhere, otherwise exactly the same and we also let it go to think it’s normal, ”the actor said, adding that stories like this help him connect better with audiences.
“Rashmi Rocket” is inspired by not one but many female athletes who are subjected to the archaic but widespread practice of gender testing in sport. There are many real life examples such as South African athlete Caster Semenya, Indian athlete Dutee Chand and Spanish athlete Maria Jose Martinez-Patino who have encountered obstacles in their careers due to such tests.
In the film, Pannu’s character Rashmi goes through something similar when her gender identity is questioned and her fingers are pointed at her for not matching society’s idea of a woman. .
The actor said it was nothing more than an extension of the stereotype of a woman where she is questioned for her body language or for muscle building.
“There’s this tendency to lock yourself in but there’s no logic behind it. Just because it’s been going on for years and years, you keep moving forward with this and if you question that, you are seen as the troublemaker, ”she said.
Pannu said she wanted the story of “Rashmi Rocket” to focus only on the battle her character is going through rather than immersing herself in family wrestling, which is why her character has a strong support system in her house. father, mother and husband.
“In this particular movie, for example, we didn’t really want to show the personal battle in terms of a family not supporting an athlete or an athlete who isn’t rich enough to afford certain types of facilities. has been discussed and shown a lot, previously this was not the order of the day.
“That’s why we avoided tropes like family not being together. It really helped us show things that aren’t commonly shown in sports movies.”
The film was supposed to be shot and arrive last year but the pandemic has delayed its release.
Pannu, 34, said that while it is a coincidence that the film is being released now, she is happy with the timing as people are already keen to learn more about sports other than cricket “because of the kind of performance that we had at the Olympics, the awareness has become extremely high. “
She is also set to star in “Shabaash Mithu”, a biopic about Indian cricketer Mithali Raj, which will be directed by Srijit Mukherji. Pannu once played a hockey player in “Soorma”, starring Diljit Dosanjh as real hockey player Sandeep Singh.
Directed by Akarsh Khurana, “Rashmi Rocket” also stars Priyanshu Painyuli, Supriya Pathak Kapur, Abhishek Banerjee and Supriya Pilgaonkar.
The Kutch Story, produced by RSVP and Mango People Media, was written by Southern director Nanda Periyasamy, Aniruddha Guha and Kanika Dhillon.
The film is slated for a digital premiere on ZEE5 on Friday.
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