Not too long ago, Anushka Sharma took to social media to share her return 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.
Chakda Xpress will be shot in India and UK and is being produced by Clean Slate Filmz. While Anushka Sharma has kicked off the first schedule of the film, she said, “It feels like my first film again and I’m really 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 cricket film. Speaking about the months she has put in for the prep, to get into the skin of the character, she stated, “A film of this scale needed tremendous prep in all departments and we are glad that Chakda Xpress has started off in style. It 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 Goswami succeeded in her goal and went on to captain the Indian women’s national cricket team. 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 went on to add, “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. 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 the shoot and I hope that I can deliver my best with this film.”