Makers of Jersey, the Hindi adaptation of Gowtam Tinnanuri’s Nation-Awardining 2019-Telugu film of the same name, have revealed its first trailer.
Like the original movie, this too revolves around a failed cricketer who decides to fulfil his dream of representing Team India for his son.
The trailer gives a sneak peek into the life of an unemployed Arjunn (Kapoor), who has to ask for money from his wife Vidya (Mrunal Thakur) to buy his son a birthday gift.
When she refuses, he goes on to steal from her purse. His only quest in life is to make his child happy and proud of him. We are also treated to some flashbacks where he is on a rampage on the cricket field.
A star cricketer, his first love was snatched away from him and now when he decides to get back to it, his family threatens to leave him.
Shahid stars in a cricket-based story after 12 years since Dil Bole Hadippa. His last project Kabir Singh has been a huge success. It sees him playing a self-destructive lover and this too is another emotionally-charged role.
However, after doing the film, the actor claims that he was approached several times for either portraying an aggressive character or a college boy. He claims that he was “like a beggar” after searching for his next role.
He tells the media: “I heard this story and it stayed with me. I saw this film 2 weeks before Kabir Singh was released and I cried buckets. I saw it with Mira and my manager and they were both looking at me… Gowtam is a very fine filmmaker and the way he has touched my emotional core, I am proud to have played this character under his direction.”
The film marks the second sports-based venture for Mrunal Thakur, whose breakthrough film Toofaan was released on Prime Video earlier. She initially auditioned for roles in Sultan and Dangal.
“I realised that the emotional journeys of both these characters are so different. It was very challenging so that’s why I took it up. A great opportunity to work with Shahid. After I saw the Telugu film, I just could not say no because the story is so heartfelt and real, so I wanted to be a part of this process,” Thakur tells us in a podcast we did some time back.
In terms of other novelties, Shahid also shares screen space with father Pankaj Kapur for the first time ever, as Kapur plays the role of a coach. The last time they worked together was 10-years-ago for Kapur’s directorial debut, Mausam.
Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms and Jayantilal Gada’s Pen Marudhar are roped in for Jersey‘s Pan-India release on December 31.