Anushka Sharma’s shoot begins with “Chakda Xpress”, a biopic of one of the most celebrated cricketers, Jhulan Goswami. Chakda Xpress is not some ordinary movie, it is the story of an extraordinary woman. A woman who dreamt of playing the sport every other child dreams of playing. But walking towards that dream takes a lot for a woman in this patriarchal set up of our society. But Jhulan Goswami dreamt. Stood tall and clinched every single victory with pride.
The Anushka Sharma starrer film is directed by Prosit Roy and is a production collaboration with her brother, Karnesh Sharma. The film will release on an OTT platform and will be shot in India and UK.
Chakda Xpress is an ode to one of the fastest bowlers to have ever played women’s cricket and the record holder for the highest number of wickets globally. Goswami has also led the Indian national team and in 2018, an Indian postage stamp was issued in honour of this legend. It is never easy to portray a sportsperson and work on details that make biopics look perfect. And Anushka Sharma has been preparing for months to make sure that the audience and fans truly understand the life story of Jhulan Goswami.
Anushka says, “It is a fact that women have to go that extra mile to earn their place in this patriarchal world. Jhulan Goswami’s life is testimony to the fact that she carved her own destiny and fought for every inch of spotlight and recognition.”
She further adds, “I hope that I can do justice to this incredible script that is inspired by Jhulan’s life and times. I’m excited to challenge myself and push myself every single day at shoot with ‘Chakda Xpress’ and I hope that I can deliver my best with this film.”
Recently, the trailer of “Shabaash Mithu” Mithali Raj’s biopic was released and the Taapsee Pannu starrer is already creating buzz. It is heartwarming to see women’s cricket getting promoted and women’s cricketers being celebrated by all. There is a long way to go, but like women have proven time and again, they are here to stay!
The 22 Yard stretch that molded me, is what I hold sacred. A cricketer weaving life’s innings into words. A Rohit Sharma Admirer always. I believe writing and cricket aren’t passions, but ways of life, so truly living the dream!