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Director: Gowtam Tinnanuri
Behind the Scenes:
Amidst a lot of expectations, Natural Star Nani is coming up with his new movie Jersey. The film revolves around a middle-aged person trying to make a comeback as a cricketer. Nani plays the role of Arjun while the heroine Shraddha Srinath will be seen as Sarah his wife. Malli Rava fame Gowtam Tinnanuri is the director of the movie and the film is produced under Sithara Entertainments banner. Anirudh Ravichander scored the music for the film. Let’s see if Nani scores a sixer with Jersey or not.
Arjun(Nani) is a cricketer with passion. He falls in love with a Christian girl Sarah(Shraddha Srinath). But her parents do not approve of their relationship. They get married against the wishes of her parents. Then Nani stops playing cricket (reasons only revealed in the climax) and becomes a henpecked husband who has to depend on his wife’s earning for his livelihood. They have a son named Nani who shares a beautiful relationship with his father. One day, to regain his lost respect and to make his son proud, Nani returns to cricket. The rest of the film is about how he succeeds in making his son proud and what sacrifices he has to make in this fight for respect.
To say, Nani is exceptional would be an understatement. He is simply astounding as Arjun, a failed husband but a heroic father. The kind of range he has shown in his performance will make his harshest applaud him. He brings tears to the eyes in many emotional scenes. This is his career-best act. Shraddha Srinath is quite ok and she brings dignity to the role of Sarah. Her role could have been better written though. Sathyaraj lends superb support as the coach who motivates Arjun in his hard times. Sampath, Praveen, and other actors do leave a mark with their fine act.
Director Gowtam Tinnanuri proves that his first film ‘Malli Raava’ wasn’t a flash in the pan. He is a master at writing good emotional scenes that tug at your heartstrings. His execution of the film is brilliant and authentic. Many scenes stand out like the first cricket match episode which has been shot very authentically, all the scenes between Arjun and his son Nani, the railway station scene after Nani’s selection, the final match and the climax. With Jersey, it is proved that Gowtam is an exceptional talent to watch out for. Anirudh’s music is another highlight of the film. His BGM is stupendous which uplifts the mood of the film in many sequences. Cinematography Sanu Varghese is top notch and he shot cricket scenes exceptionally well. Editing could have been tighter especially in the second half which makes the film drag. Production values are decent and compliment the subject.
Apparently, Jersey is an unofficial biopic of late cricketer Raman Lamba though many episodes have been fictionalized. The first half of the movie is pitch perfect with interesting narration moving the story back and forth in the time period. The director has established the relationship between father and son, love between husband and wife, the bond between friends and the struggle Arjun goes through beautifully. The second half dips in pace at some places as the Ranji trophy matches become monotonous. But the film comes back on track and packs a punch in the pre-climax and the film ends on a very good emotional high. In spite of the sad ending, the audience feels positive and motivated. Overall, Jersey is a feel-good emotional family entertainer which will definitely appeal to the class multiplex audience. With not too many commercial elements, we have to wait and watch if Jersey becomes Nani’s biggest hit or not.
Movie Marks: Nani hits a sixer
Cast: Nani, Shraddha Srinath, Sathyaraj, Sampath, Praveen, and others
DOP: Sanu Verghese
Editor: Naveen Nooli
Banner: Sithara entertainments
Release Date: 19th April 2019
Also Watch: Jersey-Full Movie Audio Jukebox