After the highly publicized Kabir Singh in 2019, Shahid Kapoor will soon be back on screens with Jersey. A remake of the National Award-winning Telugu film of the same name, the film will see Shahid play Arjun, a failed cricketer who decides to fulfill his dream of representing the India team for his son. On Tuesday, the makers released the trailer and we can say that this is a remake worth waiting for.
The trailer offers a sneak peek into the life of an unemployed Arjun, who has to ask his wife for money to buy his son a birthday present. When she refuses, he goes on to steal her purse. Your only mission in life is to make your child happy and proud of him. They also invite us to some flashbacks where he’s on a rampage on the cricket field. A star cricketer, his first love was taken from him, and now, when he decides to return to him, his family threatens to leave him.
It’s heartening to see Shahid Kapoor play a father on screen, struggling to earn respect in the eyes of his son. Aside from the on-screen bond, Shahid and Pankaj Kapur’s endearing real-life connection is noteworthy. Mrunal Thakur seems to have gotten over the act of the hero’s wife, who supports, rejects and falls in love with him. While Shahid somehow managed to age backwards and look like a college student in the flashback scenes, he has yet to get out of Kabir Singh mode while depicting aggression and pain.
Jersey looks like the perfect Bollywood movie with family drama, romance, sports, and a dash of action.
The original sports drama, directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, won awards in the categories for Best Telugu Film and Best Editing at the 67th National Film Awards in 2019.
Earlier during a live Instagram, Shahid Kapoor said that before seeing success with Kabir Singh in 2019, he was “unhappy” with the way his career was shaping up. “I saw Jersey before Kabir Singh. The moment I saw it, I was unhappy. I used to think about where my career would go, what will I do next. So I could relate to the Jersey story, which is about late success. It’s about a man who finds glory at a time when people are retiring, ”said the actor.
He also praised Nani, saying that the Telugu actor was so good at the role that it made him “cry four or five times.” Shahid also revealed that many dissuaded him from doing the Jersey remake, saying that he should avoid playing at his age after introducing himself as a college boy in Kabir Singh.
Shahid Kapoor’s jersey will hit screens on December 31.