Mrunal Thakur, who has previously acted in films like Super 30 and Batla House, will be seen as the leading lady alongside Shahid Kapoor in the Hindi remake of Telugu hit, Jersey. The Hindi version will be directed by Gowtam Tinnanauri, who also helmed the 2019 Telugu original, starring Nani in lead role.
Mrunal's character has been described as an "anchor to Shahid's, who goes on an emotional journey against all odds to play cricket for the country in his mid-30's, when it's time for most people to retire from competitive sports".
"When I saw the original film, I was bowled over by its passionate emotional journey. It felt like I had lived a full lifetime of experiences in those two plus hours. So deep was the affect of the film on me that I couldn't get it out of my heart the whole night, so I immediately watched it again the next day. I can't wait for Hindi audiences to experience a similar impact," Mrunal said in a statement.
Tinnanuri said Mrunal was the first choice for the female lead part and he is happy that she agreed to do the film.
"After Shahid came on board, I only had Mrunal on my mind for the lead opposite him. I loved her performance and confidence in 'Super 30' opposite Hrithik and felt she's perfectly fit for the part in 'Jersey' and will do full justice to the role," he said.
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Shahid recently took to his Instagram to share a photo of himself holding a cricket bat. He captioned his post as "#jersey the prep begins." Take a look below.
Talking about his upcoming film, Shahid had earlier told IANS, "It took me some time to decide what to do next after 'Kabir Singh'. But the minute I saw 'Jersey'. I knew I wanted it to be my next. It is a wonderful, inspiring and personal human journey that I connected with deeply.’’
Produced by Allu Aravind, Aman Gill, Dil Raju, the film has a release date of August 28, 2020.
(With PTI Inputs)