Actor Anushka Sharma shared a peek into upcoming project- a biopic on Jhulan Goswani titled Chakda Xpress. Sharma was last seen in 2018 film Zero, also featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. She was also seen in a special appearance in Irrfan’s last film Angrezi Medium, in 2020.
Sharing a teaser announcing the project, Sharma wrote in her post on Instagram, “It 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.” The actor further shared that 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. According to her, this 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,” wrote Anushka Sharma, also adding that Jhulan had a fighting and extremely uncertain cricketing career and she stayed motivated to make her country proud. Not just that, Jhulan also 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. “Her life is a living testimony that passion and perseverance triumphs over any or all adversities and Chakda Xpress is the most definitive look into the not so rosy world of women’s cricket back then. There is still a lot of work to be done and we have to empower them with the best so that the sport can flourish for women in India.”
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According to Anushka Sharma, everyone should salute Goswami and her team-mates for revolutionising women’s cricket in India and it is their hard work, their passion and their undefeated mission to bring attention to women’s cricket that has turned things around for generations to come. “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,” Sharma wrote concluding her post.