Anushka Sharma, who is currently prepping to get into the skin of the celebrated Indian fast bowler Jhulan Goswami for Chakda ‘Xpress, is set to shoot at four top cricket stadiums in the world. Our industry informers say that Anushka will head to the holy ground of cricket, Lord’s Stadium in the UK, and is also expected to shoot at Headingley stadium in the same country. Plans are underway for Anushka to also shoot at a top stadium in India too.
A top industry source says, “Yorkshire County Cricket Club have just announced a new sponsorship deal with Karnesh Sharma’s Clean Slate Filmz, which will take over as principal sponsor at Headingley for the 2022 season. So, it’s certain that Anushka will shoot at this iconic stadium. Plus, given Jhulan’s cricket trajectory, Anushka is expected to shoot at Lord’s and a few other big world cricket stadiums. It looks like she will travel to at least four big stadiums for the film.”
The source adds, “Anushka’s films have always been mounted on a big scale. Karnesh and Anushka want Chakda ‘Xpress to become a definitive biopic based on a woman sports star. Thus, no stones will be left unturned to ensure that Anushka doing Chakda ‘Xpress becomes a huge talking point for audiences worldwide. This move definitely indicates that intention and also gives a promise that a big film is coming from Anushka that will have scale, patriotism, and the message of equality all rolled into one.”
Chakda ‘Xpress traces Jhulan’s inspirational journey as she moves up the ladder despite the hindrances posed by misogynistic politics to fulfil her dream of playing cricket for India. She succeeded in her goal and went on to captain the Indian women’s national cricket team and is a role model for aspiring cricketers in the country. In 2018, an Indian postage stamp was issued in her honour.
Jhulan holds the world record for the highest number of wickets taken by a woman in an international career and became the joint highest wicket-taker in women’s World Cup history at the recently concluded ICC World Cup. Jhulan equalled the tally of 39 wickets taken by Lyn Fullston of Australia from 1982 to 1988.
Anushka is one of the most successful and influential actors of her generation. She is the only actress to have three Rs 300 crore plus films like Sultan, PK and Sanju under her belt.