While several reports had suggested that actor Anushka Sharma was set to portray the role of star cricketer Jhulan Goswami in the veteran pacer’s biopic, a media report confirms on Tuesday that she will no longer be acting in the movie. Notably, the movie earlier scheduled to go on floors in 2021 was supposed to be Anushka’s next big movie after the release of Anand L Rai’s Zero which flopped at the box office in 2018.
However, Anushka will continue to be associated with the Jhulan Goswami biopic project in the capacity of a producer. For the unversed, the forthcoming film is being produced by Anushka-owned production house called the Clean Slate Films. The movie will be directed by Prosit Roy who has previously worked with the actor in Pari.
Goswami, a living legend, happens to be the highest wicket-taker in Women’s One Day International Cricket and is the owner of several other records in the game along with being a recipient of several honours including the Padmashri.
Reason of Anushka opting out not yet revealed
The news of Anushka not acting in the movie was confirmed in a report carried by The Quint. However, even that report did not have the reasons for the star actor to opt-out of the movie. The initial reports of Anushka acting in the movie had emerged in 2020 after several pictures of Anushka and Jhulan shooting at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata had surfaced on social media. In fact, Roy, who is the director of the movie, was also spotted with the duo.
No matter which actor is trusted with the role of essaying the character of Goswami, her story itself is an inspiration to many and the film is set to trace Jhulan’s journey from her hometown Chakdaha in Nadia district, West Bengal to the various world records and laurels that she set out to win for the team and her country.
The 39-year-old is still going strong and is likely to be the spearhead of the pace attack when the Indian Women’s team travels to New Zealand for the ODI World Cup next year.