Anushka Sharma fans have something to celebrate. The actor will soon be seen on the big screen in his upcoming film, titled Chakda ‘Xpress. An official announcement and first look at the sports drama were shared by Sharma, who plays a cricketer in the film.
Anushka Sharma plays the role of Jhulan Goswami
Inspired by iconic Indian cricketer Jhulan Goswami, the film will revolve around the trials and tribulations faced by the former captain of the National Women’s Cricket Team.
Born in Chakdaha, West Bengal, Goswami is considered one of the fastest bowlers in the history of women’s cricket. Here is the official announcement of the film.
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The first look shows the team wearing makeshift jerseys made from the men’s team’s cricket equipment and entering an empty stadium. In addition, he asks an important question: “If cricket is a religion, why are men the only gods? ”
“We must give our cricketers their due”
Announcing the project on her Instagram account, Anushka Sharma wrote a note about the importance of the film to her.
“At a time when Jhulan decided to become a cricketer and make her country proud on the world stage, it was very difficult for women to think about playing the sport. This film is a dramatic account of several moments that shaped her life and also women’s cricket, ”reads part of her caption.
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Explaining how Goswami paved the way for women in cricket, the actor wrote: “We should all salute Jhulan and her teammates for revolutionizing women’s cricket in India… As a woman, I was proud to hear about it. Jhulan story and it’s an honor. for me to try to give life to the public and the cricket fans. As a nation of cricketers, we must give our women cricketers their due. Jhulan’s story is truly an outsider story in Indian cricket history and the film is our celebration of his spirit.
Sports dramas in Bollywood
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Several actors have starred in Bollywood sports dramas or biopics that tell the stories of Indian sportsmen, from Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev in ‘83 to the late Sushant Singh Rajput in MS Dhoni: The Untold Story and a set sunk in Chak from India.
The release in 2022 is also announced Shabaash Mithu, the highly anticipated biopic starring Taapsee Pannu as Mithali Raj, captain of the National Women’s Cricket Team.
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Anushka was last seen in Zero in 2018. Chakda ‘Xpress, which will be released on Netflix India, will mark Sharma’s return to screens after welcoming her daughter, Vamika, with cricketer Virat Kohli in 2021.
Main and social image credits: Netflix India and Instagram / anushkasharma