One of the most anticipated films of 2022, Shabaash Mithu with Taapsee Pannu in the lead role, will now be directed by Srijit Mukherji. The film is based on the life of the captain of the Indian Women’s ODI cricket team – Mithali Raj. Srijit Mukherji is known for films like Jaatishwar and Gumnami.
Talking about the change Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Studios said, “Covid disruptions have required rescheduling of the shoot and as a result, Rahul is moving on from Shabaash Mithu. It’s unfortunate that after sharing and nurturing this dream for a long time Rahul has to part ways. His contribution will remain, I thank him for that and wish him the very best. Srijit Mukherji will now take over the director’s mantle. Srijit has worked with us closely on Ray and our plans of making a cricket film together will now come to fruition. I am sure he will bring all his passion and craft to this dream film.”
Rahul Dholakia announcing the news tweeted, “Unfortunately, I won’t be part of the dream, but I am, and will always be there for them to realise 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 realise it. I wish him and the team the very best for it.” He has tweeted his statement.
— rahul dholakia (@rahuldholakia) June 22, 2021
For Srijit Mukherji, Shabaash Mithu is the perfect project to immerse in as he is a huge cricket fan. “Being a cricket buff and researcher, Mithali’s tale has always been an inspiration to me. I was excited since I had first heard of this film being made and now that I am a part of it I look forward to kickstart the journey to bring this exhilarating story to the silver screen soon,” he said.