Anushka Sharma plays Jhulan Goswami in Netflix's Chakda Xpress
The streamer released a one-minute promo video to announce the film
After Shabaash Mithu, the Taapsee Pannu-starrer that chronicles the life of the Indian women's national cricket team's captain Mithali Raj, yet another captain is getting a feature biopic made on her. Actor Anushka Sharma will make her comeback after three years to portray female Indian cricketer and former captain Jhulan Goswami, in a feature titled Chakda Xpress.
The film is set to release on Netflix, and the streamer released a one-minute promo video to announce the film.
In a statement, Anushka said that Chakda Xpress is a really special film because it "is essentially a story of tremendous sacrifice."
"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," she said.
The actor added that the film is a dramatic retelling of several instances that shaped her life and also women's cricket. "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."
Anushka added that Jhulan's life is a living testimony that passion and perseverance triumph over any or all adversities and that Chakda Xpress is the most definitive look into the not so rosy world of women's cricket back then. "As a woman, I was proud to hear Jhulan's story and it is an honour for me to try and bring her life to audiences and cricket lovers. As a cricketing nation, we have to give our women cricketers their due. Jhulan's story is truly an underdog story in the history of cricket in India and the film is our celebration of her spirit," she said.
Cricketer Jhulan shared that when one represents India, that's all that is on their mind. "11 women playing to place Team India's name in history. 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."
"Team India is not just the roaring sound of 1.3 billion voices cheering and praying. Sometimes, it is one girl from Chakda playing a game of cricket with her team shaking, screaming for, and rising together when the stumps are finally knocked out," she added.
The film is produced by Anushka's brother Karnesh Sharma and directed by Prosit Roy.