Chakda Xpress, film on Jhulan Goswami to be launched on Netflix

While the fans are eagerly waiting for “Shabaash Mithu”, a movie inspired by the life of India’s ODI and Test captain Mithali Raj, there is some more good news for the followers of Indian women’s cricket as “Chakda Xpress”, a movie inspired by the life of Jhulan Goswami will be released on Netflix soon.

Anushka Sharma to play the role of Jhulan Goswami in Chakda Xpress
Anushka Sharma to play the role of Jhulan Goswami in Chakda Xpress

 

On Thursday, Anushka Sharma announced her next project which is “Chakda Xpress”, in which she will be playing the bowling legend, Jhulan Goswami. The teaser of the movie was shared on social media and there is no doubt that it is going to be an exciting watch.

Anushka wrote in her post: “Chakda Xpress is inspired by the life and times of former Indian captain Jhulan Goswami and it will be an eye-opener into the world of women’s cricket. At a time when Jhulan decided to become a cricketer and make her country proud on the global stage, it was very tough for women to even think of playing the sport. This film is a dramatic retelling of several instances that shaped her life and also women’s cricket.”

The actress added, “From support systems, to facilities, to having a stable income from playing the game, to even having a future in cricket – very little propelled women of India to take up cricket as a profession. Jhulan had a fighting and extremely uncertain cricketing career and she stayed motivated to make her country proud. She strived to change the stereotype that women can’t make a career out of playing cricket in India so that the next generation of girls had a better playing field. Her life is a living testimony that passion and perseverance triumphs over any or all adversities and Chakda Xpress is the most definitive look into the not so rosy world of women’s cricket back then. There is still a lot of work to be done and we have to empower them with the best so that the sport can flourish for women in India.”

The world’s highest wicket-taker in women’s ODIs on whom the movie is based also shared the movie teaser and wrote, “When you represent India, that’s all that is on your mind. Tum desh ke liye khel rahe ho, apne liye nahi. 11 women playing to place Team India’s name in history. It doesn’t matter if they say ladkiyan cricket nahi khel sakti. It doesn’t matter if sometimes a man’s accomplishments are placed above your own. It doesn’t matter if the stadiums are empty. When you pull up to the pitch to bowl, all you see is the opponent holding the cricket bat and the stumps you need to knock out.”

I am a former cricketer having represented Mumbai University at All India University level. I was a part of MCA probables for the U-19 and U-23 age group. I have been an avid cricket writer for the last five years. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D from IIT Bombay.

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