Gowtam Tinnanuri’s ‘Jersey’, with Shahid Kapoor and Mrunal Thakur, is generic and simplistic, but an easy and pleasant watch

Posted on April 22, 2022

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Spoilers ahead…

The film is Shahid’s show. It is one of his finest performances. He underplays every moment and adds a few more shades to the character than the screenplay does.

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Gowtam Tinnanuri has remade his Nani-starrer Jersey with Shahid Kapoor. The story is about a 36-year-old former cricketer named Arjun Talwar (that’s the Shahid character), who was once “the best batsman of his time”, which was the mid-1980s. He lives with his wife Vidya (Mrunal Thakur) and son, and things are not going well in the household. He has been sacked from the government job he took up after deciding to give up cricket. The wife is the sole provider, and Arjun sits around at home, smoking and drinking beer. Is he feeling sorry for himself? Partly yes. But he is also one of those people who have given up their great passion and talent and settled for less. We hear that the only time he was really happy was when he was playing cricket. What about his wife, then? Does she not give him “real happiness”? Does he not share his feelings with her? Theirs is a love marriage, after all. Is there any love left in this marriage now?

You won’t find incisive, convincing answers to these questions because Jersey is content to exist in broad strokes. To give you an analogy, take the charity match where Arjun plays for the first time after his self-imposed retirement. You’d think he’d be a bit rusty after 10 years – but no. Every ball is hit for a four or a six. It’s a relief when subsequent matches show him taking the odd single. Jersey is like Arjun. Every scene gets its points across in the form of a four or a six, instead of working harder and making singles – that is, by going step by step instead of leaps and bounds.

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