There is a conception propagated through various channels of communication that cricket and female do not go together, i.e. the fan following for cricket among cricket is very less as compared to the cult status that is has among the male population. MEERA BAI NOT OUT is able to dispel this notion to a large extent. The unfortunate part for the film is that it has been released at a time when there is a feeling of fear and sense of ennui among the film viewing public. The fresh nature of the content however is the USP of the film and is able to dispel the notion that cricket as a sports is not a male prerogative, but the female are equally enthused and enamored by its outreach.
The extent of fan following and cult worship of the cricketer, it being Anil Kumble, is the fulcrum around which MEERA BAI NOT OUT revolves. There is a subtle underlining message in the film that even among the female, the fan following for a sports is such that they can sacrifice their marriage on the altar of cricket.
It has been rather unfortunate that the cricket stars that had had a rollicking career in their vocation have not been able to make a mark when they have made their debut on the silver screen, or the television screen. Meer Ranjan Negi, Captain of the Indian hockey team, on whose life CHUK DE was made, has been the only exception that handled this transition with aplomb, and it could have been the reason why Anil Kumble was chosen to play himself in the film.
One thing is for sure, whenever the chronicles of cricket fan following among the female of the population for India would be written about MEERA BAI NOT OUT would find a significant mention. It would be interesting to find out the number of MEERA BAIs ' that exist in the country, and probably the producers of the film could run a campaign along these lines to find out the biggest MEERA BAI in reality.