Taapsee Pannu to re-shoot 25 percent of Mithali Raj biopic after director Rahul Dholakia opts out?

Now that Mukherji has taken over the project, he and producers Viacom 18 are debating whether they want to reshoot segments of the film that Dholakia has shot or keep them.

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After filmmaker Rahul Dholakia opted out, the Taapsee Pannu-led film about the former Indian National Cricket team captain will now be directed by Srijit Mukherji.

Dholakia had previously shot a significant portion of the film roughly 25-30% in Mumbai’s Aarey Milk Colony and Hyderabad’s Ramoji Rao Studios prior to his exit. We’ve now learned that the scenes may be reshot on Mukherji’s direction.

The filming of ‘Shaabash Mithu’ came to a halt in Hyderabad when the Ramoji Rao Studios were forced to close due to the second wave of the Covid outbreak. “Their next shoot stop was Bengaluru, where a Kannada star would have joined the cast,” a source said, adding that the film’s schedule had to be cancelled as a result, and unit members had to return to their hometowns.

In the meantime, Dholakia withdrew from the project after learning that Taapsee had a limited schedule and would have to film in snatches, as well as that the Kannada actor’s availability had not been guaranteed.

Now that Mukherji has taken over the project, he and producers Viacom 18 are debating whether they want to reshoot segments of the film that Dholakia has shot or keep them. But, if Dholakia’s shots make it into the final cut, will he be given credit?

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“It is not even decided whether Dholakia’s portions will stay or not, credits toh baad ki baat hai (the credits will be discussed later),” the source said.


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