Indian cricket’s first lady Anushka Sharma got a taste of hubby Virat Kohli’s on-field life at the floodlit Eden Gardens late on Saturday evening when she shot for a teaser of an upcoming Jhulan Goswami biopic. The film, tentatively titled Chakdah Express, is being directed by Prosit Roy of Pari fame.
The actress, who is playing the former Team India captain and all-rounder in the film, reached the city around 5 pm and the stadium, around 7 pm. She was reportedly greeted there by Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) officials with a bouquet of flowers, sweets and mishti doi. Also part of the shoot were 10 real-life women cricketers, who had been rehearsing the shots since evening. Jhulan, too, had reached the ground early.
A source close to the unit told us that it was a test shoot that may be used to create a teaser for the film. “The sequence shows Jhulan (Anushka) enter the field with her team to play a match. The production house was also very choosy about the 10 other players. They wanted them to be actual cricketers, between 5’3″ and 5’4″ in height,” the source added.
Anushka entered the ground dressed in the Team India blues around 9.30 pm. She interacted with the director and the other players and took tips from Jhulan before the shoot began. “Jhulan has a particular way of walking and Anushka practised that along with her. She also sported a similar hairstyle. And the two of them have a similar physical structure too,” the source added.
Beauty Chakraborty, a former Bengal cricketer who is now an umpire, was part of the 10-member team at the shoot. “Anushka was very friendly during the shoot. She seemed extremely grounded and very particular about everything. Apart from her bowling action, Anushka constantly rehearsed the walking and warm-up style with Jhulandi,” she said.
While the team shot on till 5 am, Anushka packed up around 4 am and flew back to Mumbai on Sunday morning.
Source: Times of India