CBFC Rating : U
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 40 Mins
Release Date: 19-04-2019
Banner: Sithara Entertainments
Cast: Nani, Shraddha Srinath, Sathyaraj, Master Ronit, Praveen and Others
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography: Sanu Varghese
Editing: Naveen Nooli
Producer: Suryadevara Naga Vamsi
Written & Directed by Gowtham Tinnanuri
Arjun (Nani), a talented ex-Ranji player struggles in his life after quits cricket and marries his girlfriend Sarah (Shraddha Srinath). To fulfill his son’s wishes Arjun decides to re-live as a cricketer at the age of 36. Can he change his lifestyle and will become successful in cricket forms ‘Jersey’
Natural Star Nani shows why he is called so with the performance of a lifetime. There is not a single false note, and the star carries the entire movie on his strong shoulders. The frustration of a non-achiever and later the person turning out to be a hero has been showcased brilliantly by Nani.
The scenes involving Nani and the kid and Shraddha Srinath are sensational. The way the relationship is built between the two forms the core of the film. Nani has supremely enacted them. The pre-climax scene before leaving to Mumbai is instantly classic and will be remembered for a long time to come.
Shraddha Srinath makes a terrific debut in Telugu films with Jersey. The actress picked up a challenging part instead of a regular heroine role, and it helps her create a substantial impact. All her scenes with Nani are dignifiedly done without any sort of over action when it could have easily veered into that zone.
Ronit played as the son of Nani is superb and is sure to win hearts. Another such lovable part is that done by Sathyaraj. He is clinically effective. Sampath and others do their roles with sincerity and shine.
Gowtham Tinnanuri’s Writing & Direction
Gets slow at times
Gowtam Tinnanuri is back with a new outing after the much loved Malli Rava. The backdrop has changed to sports, but the style has not changed. There is a poetic touch and flourish in the direction of Goutam, and that comes across superbly in Jersey.
The biggest success of the movie is not the story aspect. it makes it all work. The colony, the time of the ’90s, the husband and wife relationship and the father and son track, they are so real that the story takes a backseat and we want to go with the flow and follow their journey. And what a beautiful and emotional journey Jersey has turned out to be.
Jersey works fantastically at two levels, as a family drama and success story of a struggle and at the same time as a sports drama. It is one of the most wonderfully etched sports drama in Telugu cinema. Needless to say, it is a must watch as a result.
The technical department has done an incredible job. First, we start with Anirudh Ravichander who has done a magical work with the music and the background score. The latter is electrical, to say the least. The cinematography by Varghese is brilliant. The mood of a middle-class locality and family are amazingly captured. The dialogues are realistically written. Producer Suryadevara Nagavamsi need to be appreciated for backing a content-oriented emotional drama without commercial trappings. The production values of Sithara Entertainments are grand and give the film a rich look.
Bottom-line: Nani’s Emotional Roller Coaster Ride