Jersey Review: Shahid Kapoor Shows It’s Never Too Late to Pursue Your Dreams Again in This Heartfelt Drama

Jersey, a sports drama film, was written and directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri. The film stars Shahid Kapoor as Arjun Talwar, Mrunal Thakur as Arjun’s wife Vidya Talwar, Pankaj Kapoor as coach Madhav Sharma, and Ronit Kamra as Arjun and Vidya’s son Kittu. The cinematography is by Anil Mehta, and the music is by Anirudh Ravichander (BG score) and Sachet-Parampara.

Jersey is produced by Allu Entertainment, Dil Raju Production, Sithara Entertainments and Brat Films. It is based on Gowtam’s Telugu film of the same name, which features Nani. The synopsis reads, “An ex-cricketer struggling to make ends meet wants to fulfil his child’s wish of getting a Jersey but in the process comes face to face with his heroic past and is forced to decide if he will rise to the occasion and become a symbol of hope or continue to live a life as a loser?”

Jersey Review: Plot Summary

Jersey trailer has given us a glimpse of the premise of Shahid Kapoor and Mrunal Thakur starrer. When Arjun’s son Kittu tells his father he wants an Indian cricket jersey as his birthday gift; everything changes for the former cricket player. Arjun is unemployed (you’ll find out in the film why), and his wife Vidya is the only bread-earner of the family. The financial situation doesn’t favour Arjun to gift his son an original Indian jersey.

From being Punjab’s one of the best batsmen to now being unable to afford a cricket jersey for his son, Arjun Talwar’s life has hit a low. He feels like a loser as he could neither fulfil his dream of being an Indian cricket team nor he can give his son what he wants. After 10 years, Arjun decides to get back on the pitch as he doesn’t want his son to see him as a “failure”. It’s the second innings for Talwar, and we sit through those 2+ hours to see him chase his dreams again.

Jersey Review: Discussion

Gowtam Tinnanuri’s Jersey uses the first half to show us Arjun Talwar’s struggles to get his son’s birthday gift. He does everything he can to ensure he has the required amount to buy the gift. But all he gets in his hands are disappointments. However, one opportunity changes his life forever in an unexpected way. We see how the opportunity further shapes his career, life and equation with his family in the second half.

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The director has used the non-linear format to present Arjun Talwar’s emotionally intense story, which has worked in his favour. We are first shown Arjun’s hardships while we wait to find out what made him quit cricket. His equation with his wife appears strained in the present timeline. However, in the flashback sequences, Arjun and Vidya are crazily in love. You can still sense the love, but the couple has lost ways to express it to each other. Arjun’s bond with his son Kittu stands out the most in the film!

The film’s opening will leave you curious to know more about Arjun and Kittu’s dynamic as father and son. On the surface, Jersey movie might appear as a cricket drama. But it is wholeheartedly a family drama where a parent will go to any extent to ensure their kid gets everything they want. Without saying it directly, you witness the challenges parents face – the struggle, humiliation, pain and heartbreaks they go through without letting any of it come to their kids.

Jersey also highlights Arjun and Vidya’s relationship as husband and wife. As seen in the trailer also, Vidya isn’t pleased to hear that Arjun wants to fulfil his cricket dreams after a break of 10 years. In the film, you learn, understand and empathise with where she comes from. But that doesn’t mean Arjun is wrong. It is a tricky situation where both the parties are right in their own place. It’s a topic that requires communication that is missing between the couple. Hence, there’s so much tension. Gowtam has beautifully shown us the importance of communication in marriage or any relationship.

Now, coming to another exciting part of Jersey – cricket. Every time Shahid Kapoor and his team are in the stadium, they leave us on the edge of our seats. Shahid Kapoor has trained hard to bring authenticity to Arjun Talwar’s character as a cricketer. Every time his bat hits the ball, you’ll beam with pride on your face. You root for Arjun and hope he succeeds. As you dive deep into the game of cricket on screen, you realise seeing his journey is turning into hope and encouragement for yourself.

Anil Mehta’s camera pans seamlessly in the stadium giving us a clear view of every great ball hit by the cricketers on screen. The commentators in the background leave you chuckling with their silly discussions. Watching the teams play cricket feels like you are watching a live match. The efforts of Kapoor and the other actors are visible on screen to make sure they look like real cricketers.

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Jersey Review: Performances

Shahid Kapoor has submerged himself in the role of Arjun Talwar – the father, the husband and the cricketer. During the trailer launch, he said he felt the story was quite personal as it somehow resonates with his career. You can sense the fire and potential in him to own the screen and the stadium as Arjun Talwar. He’s brilliant in emotional scenes, but he wins you when he’s on the ground, knocking it out of the park repeatedly. The actor is impressive throughout and gives one of his best performances so far.

Pankaj Kapur, Mrunal Thakur and Ronit Kamra are the driving force of the story and Arjun’s life. The actors and their characters wonderfully shape Arjun’s life. Pankaj and Shahid have some hilarious and heartwarming scenes together. Kapur is a great actor, and he again proves why so. Mrunal plays Vidya with the required maturity and sincerity. She’s superb and leaves a great mark. Child actor Ronit has done a phenomenal job and stands out in a film with such tremendous talents.

Jersey Review: Final Thoughts

Overall, one should never complain about why Jersey kept delaying so much because it is indeed worth watching on the big screen. You walk in with the idea of watching a cricket drama but walk out feeling so many emotions. It is not a story of success but a story of pursuing your dreams again because that’s what you always wanted. The music elevates the film’s emotional and inspiring mood, and the performances are fantastic.

Shahid Kapoor and Mrunal Thakur starrer Jersey is also a nostalgia trip for those who have grown up in the 2000s. It represents India that is obsessed with cricket, a game that’s played in every small lane, town, city and state. It’s a tearjerker, so keep tissues handy.

Jersey is a must-see on the big screen because it’s a perfect blend of story for those who enjoy films with compelling characters, emotions, entertainment, and a lasting impact.

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Jersey Review: Shahid Kapoor and Mrunal Thakur's cricket drama is a must watch.

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