Jersey: 2021 Bollywood Sports Drama Film

Jersey: 2022 Bollywood Sports Drama Film

Movie Name: Jersey
Directed by: Gowtam Tinnanuri
Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Mrunal Thakur, Ronit Kamra, Pankaj Kapur
Genre: SportDramaFamily
Release Date: 22 April, 2022
Running Time: 170 Minutes
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Jersey is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language sports drama film written and directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, a remake of his 2019 Telugu film of the same title. It stars Shahid Kapoor as a cricketer, alongside Mrunal Thakur, and Pankaj Kapur. The film is produced by Allu Entertainment, Dil Raju Production, Sithara Entertainments and Brat Films.

Official announcement for the film was made in October 2019 and principal photography commenced in Chandigarh on 13 December 2019. It was scheduled to be theatrically released on 28 August 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic delayed production. The film wrapped up on 14 December 2020. The film will theatrically release on 22 April, 2022.

The story is about a thirty six year old cricketer named Arjun who stopped his cricketing career ten years ago, now aiming to play for Indian team.

Speculations for remake of the Telugu film Jersey (2019) began soon after its cinema release. Later it was reported that Shahid Kapoor has been roped in to star as the lead actor while Shraddha Kapoor was considered for the female lead. In August 2019, it was confirmed that kannada actress Rashmika Mandanna will make her Hindi film debut with the film. Official announcement was made on 14 October that year, confirming all the cast and crew.But later Mrunal Thakur was finalized to cast in the movie Shahid’s father Pankaj Kapur was roped in to portray Coach Murthy before the principal photography commenced on 14 December 2019 in Chandigarh.

While filming in January 2020, it was reported that Shahid Kapoor received thirteen stitches during a scene, though he later recovered. In October and November, production moved to Dehradun, and filming took place at the all-boys’ boarding school, The Doon School, and Kasiga School. Doon’s cricket grounds, buildings and pavilion feature in the film and the trailer. The film was wrapped up on 14 December 2020.

Jersey Movie Trailer:

Jersey Movie Review:

Shahid Kapoor delivers emotional innings in this fitting remake

Here’s the thing about remakes. They can be really good and at times even better than the original, or they can be a complete disaster. Shahid Kapoor’s 2022 release, which is a remake of the 2019 film of the same name and same director (Gowtam Tinnanuri), is somewhere between the good and the bad. If you have seen the original starring Nani, the scene by scene comparisons are inevitable. And if you are new to Jersey then you perhaps might have a different experience.

Jersey might revolve around the world of cricket but at the heart of it is a beautiful father-son story. A story of second chances, of keeping the human spirit alive despite the adversities and the sacrifices one makes to manifest his dreams. Shahid plays the titular role of a 36-year-old cricketer, Arjun Talwar, who left the sport to make his wife (Mrunal Thakur) and kid (Ronit Kamra) his world. You can take a man out of his sport but you can’t take the sport out of the man. Life takes an unexpected turn and brings Arjun back to the pitch where he belongs. The circumstances are different and the stakes are also high. Now ageing and struggling to catchup with the expectations of his wife and kid, Arjun faces the biggest fight of his life. Will he hit a six or be clean bowled in his second innings is what Jersey is about.

Director Gowtam Tinnanuri sticks to his original plot and treatment as far as the film goes, the setting and characters are now in North India. Jersey isn’t the stereotypical sports film where you expect cheers and loud applause for every six and a four. It is a serious film and it deals with deeper issues than those that meet the eye. Arjun’s angst, his guilt, his frustration with life and watching it pass him by make him one of the most relatable characters. Shahid goes all out to showcase this pain. His sincerity in staying true to Arjun’s struggles and his vulnerability is what makes his performance one of his best – perhaps in league with Haider and Kaminey. The film is in no rush and most of the characters in the first half take their time to establish their relationship with Arjun. Arjun’s wife Vidya, played beautifully by Mrunal Thakur, is a blow hot blow cold woman who fails to relate to her husbands way of surrendering to his fate. The story oscillates between their flashes of how their love used to be to the desolate state it is now. Pankaj Kapoor as the coach, whose belief in Arjun is unwavering, seems most at ease in the scenes with his real life son. Pankaj and Shahid’s scenes in Jersey are definitely one of the biggest highlights of the film. The stand-out scene in the film takes place at a train station with Shahid matching the sound of a speeding locomotive with his loud gut-wrenching scream. A tough scene but Kapoor pulls it off with ease.

On the flip side, Jersey is too long and struggles with its pace, especially in the lethargic first half. Once we are introduced to Arjun the immediate curiosity is to deep dive and understand why he’s so helpless and sad. The biggest revelation that happens in the climax seems too rushed and when you try to join the dots leading up to the moment you wonder if you did get to know Arjun at all? Also, the cricket scenes in the second half begin on a high note but soon lose steam and feel repetitive.

Jersey is a solid effort by Shahid Kapoor, and it once again proves his mettle as an actor. For fans of the actor the film is a must-watch.

Jersey Movie Songs:

Song Title: Mehram
Lyrics: Shellee
Music Composer: Sachet–Parampara
Singer(s): Sachet Tandon

Song Title: Maiyya Mainu
Lyrics: Shellee
Music Composer: Sachet–Parampara
Singer(s): Sachet Tandon

Song Title: Maiyya Mainu
Lyrics: Shellee
Music Composer: Sachet–Parampara
Singer(s): Sachet Tandon, Stebin Ben, Paramapara Tandon, Mellow D

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