Taapsee Pannu has confessed that she was unaware of the existence of a women’s cricket team in India prior to 2017. She said she only found out when former cricketer Mithali Raj objected to a question from a media person, saying if they had ever asked a male cricketer about their favorite female cricketer. Also read: Taapsee Pannu jokes she almost forgot she’s an actor: ‘I tried badminton, volleyball and even gali wala pithu’

The actor plays former cricketer Mithali Raj in her biopic, Shabaash Mithu. Directed by Srijit Mukerji, the film will hit the big screens on July 15 and will be Taapsee’s first theatrical release after her 2020 film Thappad. The actor said she was “ashamed of the fact” that she knew nothing about the women’s team until five years ago.

Taapsee told Filmfare in an interview: “I must confess that I only found out in 2017 that we also have a women’s cricket team. I asked who her favorite male cricketer was. When I read that statement I found out that she is the captain of us women’s team and that we even have a team. I’m ashamed that I didn’t know we had a team for that.”

Taapsee also called Shabaash Mithu her hardest film to date, saying: “I was so excited that I said yes then. But as I trained for it, I asked myself, why the hell didn’t I play cricket when I was younger? Why couldn’t I choose to make a regular movie?”

Shabaash Mithu, written by Priya Aven, is a coming-of-age story that also focuses on: Mithali Rajrole in the growth of women’s cricket in India. It not only celebrates the skipper’s achievements, but also addresses relevant issues that sportswomen face.

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