Bollywood actress and cricketer Virat Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma returns to the movies after three years (given the pandemic and her maternity break) to headline a film inspired by the life and times of women cricket’s all-time greatest fast bowler Jhulan Goswami! titled ‘Chakda Xpress’, the hugely-mounted Netflix film is tracing the glorious journey of one of the fastest female pacers in the history of world cricket, Jhulan, as she moves up the ladder despite countless hindrances to fulfil her only dream: to play cricket.
Anushka has started filming Chakda Xpress which will be shot in India and UK and is being produced by Clean Slate Filmz. She says, “It feels like my first film again and I’m excited to start this journey with Chakda Xpress, a film that I truly believe in. The pandemic unfortunately kept me away from returning to the movies despite me itching to start filming quickly. I would have loved to entertain and engage with fans and audiences way, way earlier.”
As per reports, Anushka will be flying to UK to shoot a 30-day schedule of the cricketing film, signifying the massive mounting that Chakda Xpress will have. Anushka has put in months of preparation to get into the skin of the celebrated Indian fast bowler.
She says, “A film of this scale needed tremendous prep in all departments, and we are glad that Chakda Xpress has started off in style. Chakda Xpress is a delightful script that intends to make strong statements and I’m proud to creatively collaborate with my producer brother, Karnesh Ssharma and my director, Prosit Roy, to tell a fascinating underdog story of a woman.”
Jhulan succeeded in her goal and went on to captain the Indian women’s National cricket team and is a role model for aspiring cricketers in the country. In 2018, an Indian postage stamp was issued in her honour. Jhulan holds the world record for the highest number of wickets taken by a woman in an international career.
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 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.”
Anushka is one of the most successful and influential actors of her generation. She is the only actress to have three 300 crore plus films – Sultan, PK and Sanju – under her belt. She will go all out to make this project the biggest tribute to a woman sporting icon of our country.