The Test Case trailer: Nimrat Kaur endures tough training, stereotypes as army officer
The trailer of The Test Case gives us a glimpse of a gritty Nimrat Kaur in the role of a woman in the most elite combat force of the Indian army.
The trailer opens with varying responses to the decision to allow women to participate in combat in the military. There are also shots of soldiers going through rigorous and stringent training, as well as getting shot in combat.
It challenges the notion that women are unsuitable for combat. It also features another woman, Juhi Chawla who plays the Minister of Defense, in a position of power. Chawla's look is quite similar to that of Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. There is also a shot of Atul Kulkarni, who looks in character as a strict commandant.
It seems that the show will not shy away from addressing the issue of blatant sexism and gender discrimination in the army. Hardly anyone is convinced of Kaur's capabilities as a captain. "Main aurato ki bohot izzat karta hu, par yeh desh ka sawaal hai," Kulkarni's character says to her. The name of the show is a reference to the test she will be put through to prove her mettle and worthiness.
To prepare for this role, Kaur underwent training in martial arts, crossfit yoga and ballet. She also changed her diet, gave up coffee and followed a strict workout regime. She belongs to a family of army officials herself, and she says that this is what drew her to this show. "Unconventional projects interest me and I am always on the lookout to do something that I have never done before. After Homeland, I was keen to do a show that pushes me as an actor and that’s exactly what I found in this one," she said.
The Test Case is directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, who is best known for his films Dor and Iqbal. It begins streaming on 25 April, 2017 on ALTBalaji.
Watch the trailer here: