Banner: Sithara Entertainments
Cast: Nani, Shraddha Srinath, Sathya Raj, Praveen, Sampath and others
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematographer: Sanu Varughese
Art: Avinash Kolla
Editor: Navin Nooli
Producers: Suryadevara Naga Vamsi
Written and direction: Gowtam Tinnanuri
Release date: April 19, 2019
Expectations hit the cliff after Jersey team released the theatrical trailer of the film. There is tremendous positive buzz even though Gowtam Tinnanuri of ‘Malli Raava’ fame is yet to prove his mettle. How far ‘Jersey’ is able to meet the hype?
Arjun (Nani) quits cricket at the age of 26 though he scores many centuries and wins matches. He tells wife Sarah (Shraddha Srinath) that he wants to do regular job and joins as a manager in FCI. However, he loses this job on wrong charges and he’s struggling to make ends meet though his wife works in a hotel.
Set in 1996, the story then narrates how Arjun, now 36-year-old wants to play for Ranji matches again, to fulfil his young son’s wish.
Will he succeed at this age that normally is considered retirement stage in professional sports? What is the real secret behind Arjun quitting from the game at 26?
Nani delivered his career-best performance in ‘Jersey’. By breathing life into the character, This Brilliant Performer makes you connect with what he is going through from start to finish. Viewers could feel the pain of Arjun and that’s the beauty. He just excelled in each & every scene. You just can’t imagine any other Actor in this role after watching the movie.
Shraddha Srinath made a promising debut in Tollywood playing Sara. This ‘U-Turn’ Actress might be just okay when it comes to looks, but she is a very good performer.
Sathyaraj utilised his vast experience to leave an impact of his own as a Coach. Master Ronith who played the role of Nani’s Son will be remembered for a very long time. Rest of the Actors have done justice to their roles.
Anirudh Ravichander’s tunes are not so catchy but his work in the BG department is huge asset. Cinematography by Shanu is top-class. He has filmed cricket matches in a realistic way.
Art work and production values are superb. Dialogues are fantastic. Screenplay writing is excellent.
Finally: Jersey is one of the great sports dramas in recent times and Nani killed it with his performance. Gowtham’s new narrative style worked for the movie along Anirudh’s BGM.
Bottom Line: Nani hits the ball out of stadium with Jersey.