Srijit Mukherji replaces Rahul Dholakia as director of Mithali Raj biopic ‘Shabaash Mithu’

Taapsee Pannu starrer Shabaash Mithu, the biopic of cricketer Mithali Raj, which was earlier being directed by Rahul Dholakia will now be directed by Srijit Mukherji.

Taking to his Twitter handle, Rahul confirmed the news by issuing an official statement that reads, “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.”

“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 Mahal' Raj, the greatest Indian woman cricketer ever, and her story which we were trying to tell,” he continued.

The filmmaker further praised the whole cast and crew and signed off by stating that due to ‘schedule clash', he has stepped back from the film.

Written by Priya Aven, ‘Shabaash Mithu' revolves around the life of Indian women's ODI cricket team captain, Mithali Dorai Raj, who is considered a beacon of women's cricket across the world. The film is being produced by Viacom18 Studios.

Apart from ‘Shabaash Mithu', Taapsee's impressive line-up of films include ‘Looop Lapeta', ‘Haseen Dillruba', ‘Rashmi Rocket', and the sci-fi thriller titled ‘Dobaaraa' directed by Anurag Kashyap.

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