For an enterprise that continues reinventing the wheel, as far as showcasing heroism is concerned, Telugu cinema hasn’t quite embraced sports dramas. Ironically, one of the earliest instances of true blue sports activities-based biopic became made in Telugu when former athlete Ashwini Nachappa performed herself in a sports activities drama titled Ashwini (1991).
Although there have been a select few movies like Guru, Sye, Golconda High School, Bheemli Kabbadi Jattu, Okkadu, Amma Nanna O Tamil Ammayi, and Thammudu during the last two decades, Telugu filmmakers and actors haven’t explored the genre consistently, until now. In April, Tollywood noticed Naga Chaitanya, flip cricketer for Majili and Nani starrer Jersey, had the actor playing a growing older cricketer who makes a dramatic comeback to a Ranji team. And then, there’s the Aishwarya Rajesh starrer Mismatch, which has her gambling as a wrestler, apart from the Telugu remake of her Tamil cricket-primarily based movie, Kanaa, an untitled boxing drama starring Varun Tej, and a biopic of Pullela Gopichand, starring Sudheer Babu within the making.
With movies like Majili and Jersey placing a chord with the target audience these 12 months, many accept as accurate that the sports drama may thoroughly be the subsequent significant component in Telugu cinema. Talking about the modern fashion of sports activities dramas in Telugu, Nani says, “I didn’t recognize that there was a fashion of sports dramas in Telugu inside the first area. When Gowtam narrated the tale, I felt it was both stunning and a difficult film for me as an actor. It’s simplest then that it struck me tare very few Telugu fithatich focus on sports. It’s excessive time we made sports activities dramas in Telugu, in place ply experience looking allowlist they may be made in different languages.
Jersey is a true blue sports activities drama, and the crew went all out to make it look as genuine as possible. The makers had the help of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to use its emblems, and a massive phase of the film was shot in Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium in Hyderabad. Nani needed to undergo rigorous training at Daniels Cricket Academy for almost 70 days to put together his role as a cricketer.