Shabaash Mithu Review: Taapsee Pannu bowls us over with her performance in this slow-paced biopic

Film: Shabaash Mithu

Director: Srijit Mukherji

Star cast: Taapsee Pannu, vijay raaz

Bollywood Bubble ratings: 3/ 5 stars

Shabaash Mithu movie review:

The next movie I watched this week was Taapsee Pannu starrer Shabaash Mithu which is a biopic on Indian woman cricketer Mithali Raj who is considered to be one of the greatest female cricketers ever. As I was watching the film, I realised how it is perceived that sports are only played by boys or men. Realised how a woman has to prove her worth to play the game. People are conditioned to think that a woman is only meant for marriage, kitchen and family. The social stigma unfortunately still exists but there are women like Mithali Raj who fight against all odds and rise up above all.

The movie starts by showcasing a cute yet funny story of Mithu and her friend Noorie when they were little. It was Noorie who kicked in her aspirations to become a cricketer. Mithu calls herself Sachin Tendulkar while Noorie calls herself Vinod Kambli. As their friendship grew, they even joined cricket together.

Speaking about the Shabaash Mithu movie in this review, it ticks all the marks as sports biopic have the same parameters. A) the struggle, B) to prove oneself, C) a villainous coach/team member. It ticks marks all the boxes.


Based on the chronicles of Mithali Raj, it showcases the journey of her learning cricket to become Captain of the women’s cricket team. A little girl named Mithu learns to play cricket due to her best friend Noorie. With her determination and her way of playing, Mithu grabs the attention of a well-renowned coach who then coaches her in his academy. As she grows up, Mithu faces challenges with her seniors and even with the cricket federation. But how did Mithu become the captain of India’s Women’s Cricket team? How did she become everyone’s favourite? These questions will be answered in this movie.

Star performances:

Taapsee Pannu who plays the titular role of Mithali Raj is sweet and simple. Her world revolves around her family and one best friend but there’s a dream within her that she wants to fulfil and that is to become Sachin Tendulkar. Taapsee as Mithu doesn’t look convincing.

Vijay Raaz plays the coach of Mithu, Sampath who sees potential in her. Given the fact that he is an excellent actor, Vijay adds a different depth to his character. He plays his role with utmost conviction and looks quite promising as well.

Inayat Verma plays the little Mithu in the movie. You will easily fall for her cuteness and of course, her acting skills.


Overall, Taapsee Pannu bowls us over with her performance by delivering a six. However, it is the pace of Shabaash Mithu that can be a little tiresome by the time you come to the second half of the film.

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