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JERSEY

Jersey is a 2019 Telugu language – period sports drama written and directed by Gowtham Tinnanuri that got to released on 19 April 2019. Nani and Shraddha Srinath are in the leading role.The film was produced under the banner Sithara Entertainments.

    
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Review

To call Jersey just the story of an ex-cricketer Arjun (Nani) who fights conventions to get selected in the Indian cricket team is a grave injustice to the film, even if that’s how it sums itself up of a movie.

Genre

The film genre: Sports

Rating

  • Film Director:Gowtham Tinnanuri
  • Lead Cast of the Film: Nani
  • Overall Rating : 4/5
  • Film Certification : U

Design

The sun is shining bright, and Arjun (Nani) enters the stadium to roars and cheers from the audience. Somewhere from the stands, his girlfriend Sarah (Shraddha Srinath), who later becomes his wife in the film, cheers for him saying "I love you!" We're not sure if he hears it, but he raises his bat towards the spectators and acknowledges their gesture.

Are we going to see another sports drama that shows how great a cricketer our protagonist is? Fast forward ten years and our man is lying on a sofa with a child on top of him. Sarah is sleeping on another sofa as the roof keeps leaking. There are plenty of problems around him as mundane life strikes him in the head. Cricket becomes a lost dream.

Jersey has more depth and lesser idealism than the average sports drama. While Shraddha Srinath delivers an intense performance as Sarah, Nani looks natural as Arjun and portrays the role with a great amount of conviction. Sarah comes across as a complex personality who is burdened by various chores in her life - that of an office-goer, a cook, and the head of the family. This complexity, combined with her flaws makes Sarah a character you can relate to a lot.

The film doesn't put down Arjun and make him the villain of the relationship. He undergoes his own set of problems that you can empathize with. But the pick of the cast has to be the brilliant, Ronit Kamra, who plays the son of Arjun. His prowess can be seen in a scene where a street cricket match is taking place and his friends talk about his dad appearing in the newspapers frequently. He doesn't care about that and asks them to concentrate on the match. His caliber levels up to the screen presence demanded by that character.

The film doesn't put down Arjun and make him the villain of the relationship. He undergoes his own set of problems that you can empathize with. But the pick of the cast has to be the brilliant, Ronit Kamra, who plays the son of Arjun. His prowess can be seen in a scene where a street cricket match is taking place and his friends talk about his dad appearing in the newspapers frequently. He doesn't care about that and asks them to concentrate on the match. His caliber levels up to the screen presence demanded by that character.

The writing is complemented by effortlessly electrifying music of Anirudh in the cricketing portions makes us sit on the edge of the seats. With the majority of the film set in 1996, Jersey establishes the timeline through pop culture references of the era- Television sets echoing Doordarshan shows and posters of Sachin are some of the pleasant touches we get to see throughout the film.

The film also speaks a lot about second chances, not in a preachy, talky manner but conveys it through a cricket match in the climax that is brilliantly juxtaposed with the life of Arjun. It doesn't glorify the hero's struggles to be a part of the Indian team. Rather, the film zooms in on the clash between his life on and off the field. Such layered writing makes Jersey stand out from the run of the mill sports films. Jersey is a restrained drama that shows what sport, accompanied by the trials and tribulations in it, can do to a man rather than what it does to him.

Cast

  • Nani – Arjun.G
  • Shraddha Srinath – Sarah Arjun
  • Harish Kalyan – Nani
  • Ronit Kamra – Young Nani
  • Viswant Duddumpudi – Nandan Reddy
  • Sanusha – Journalist Ramya, Nandu's girlfriend
  • Sathyaraj – Coach Murthy
  • Sampath Raj– Ramappa Gowda, Karnataka Coach
  • Shishir Sharma – Atul, Mumbai Coach
  • Praveen – Rajesh, Arjun's friend
  • Jayaprakash – BCCI chairman
  • Rao Ramesh – Lawyer
  • Brahmaji
  • Finn Hulbert– New Zealand Cricketer
  • Aaron Bleakley – South African Cricketer
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Production

Sithara Entertainments Film published the film directed by Gowtham Tinnanuri to be in June 2018 . Anirudh Ravichander was engaged as the music composer.