In the past few years, we have seen that Bollywood filmmakers are showing their keen interest in making biopics and why shouldn’t they? Films like Dangal, Sanju, and MS Dhoni-The Untold Story have turned out to be great box office successes. While the films on Saina Nehwal, Hawa Singh and others are in the pipeline, we have one more biopic in the making, on India’s popular sports personality and it’s none another than the former captain of Indian women cricket team, Mithali Raj. Yes, and actress, who will step into her shoes is talented Taapsee Pannu, who has delivered impressive performances in films like Pink, Badla, Manmarziyaan and recently released Game Over.
While the actress has verbally agreed to do the project, she is yet to officially sign on the dotted lines. According to a source close the development said, “The formalities will be done once the studio has a director on board. They have also locked the story but the script is still being developed”. The source also added that she will undergo rigorous training for her role. “The film is expected to roll next year and Taapsee will undergo rigorous training in cricket as part of her prep.”
Talking about Mithali Raj, she is the highest run-scorer in the ODI format and the first woman to cross the 6,000 run mark in the history of women cricket. Meanwhile, Taapsee Pannu will be next seen in Saand Ki Aankh along with Bhumi Pednekar. The film is based on two octogenarian sharpshooters Chandro, 87, and Prakashi, 82, who are from Uttar Pradesh’s Johri village and reportedly took up sharpshooting in their 50s. Chandro, who is fondly, called shooter ‘dadi’, is among the world’s oldest female sharpshooters. It marks the directorial debut of Tushar Hiranandani. Saand Ki Aankh is produced under the banners of Reliance Entertainment along with Anurag Kashyap and Nidhi Parmar of Chalk n Cheese Films.