Sports Dramas are very rare in Telugu cinema and Team Jersey has done an authentic sports film with lots of emotional moments. It is arguably one of the best films to come out of Tollywood in recent times.
Jersey Movie Review 3.5/5
2 Hrs 40 M | Drama | 2019-04-19
Nani, Shraddha Srinath, Satya Raj, Praveen, Sampath Raj and others
Director – Gautham Tinnanuri
Producer – Suryadevara Naga Vamsi
Banner – Sitara Entertainments
Music – Anirudh Ravichander
What is it about?
Arjun (Nani) leaves cricket and settles for a small time job. But he loses the job for some reason and he depends on his wife Sara’s (Shraddha) income to survive. He couldn’t even buy an Indian team Jersey for his son’s birthday. Arjun decides to revive his cricketing career at the age of 36 to make his son happy.
Nani is a terrific actor who always gets into the skin of the character. With Jersey he gets an author backed role that is a dream for any actor. Nani just lives in the character of Arjun that we believe that he is truly a struggling middle class man and a failed cricketer. It is his career best performance. Shraddha Srinath is very good as a loving woman who is suffering because of an irresponsible husband. Her performance is natural. The kid who played Nani’s son is adorable. Satya Raj is too good as the coach. Rest of the star cast are aptly cast.
Cricket scenes are a bit lengthy
Jersey is an emotional drama that only works when it connects to the viewer. One cannot go through the sea of emotions that Arjun is going through unless he could feel it. Nani does a wonderful job is establishing that connect right from the beginning. His performance is so natural and the production design is so perfect that we witness life unfolding on the screen. The love story of the lead pair is shown in a mini flashback, but it is the father-son bonding that is the driving factor of Jersey.
Director establishes the strained relation of Arjun and Sara right from the word go and every scene between them is so real and sets the right mood for the drama. The scenes that lead to Arjun’s reentry into cricket are very good. The story seems predictable, but the director takes everyone by surprise with an emotion filled climax scene. The cricket scenes take too much time to wind up, but it is needed for the film as the plot is based on the sport.
Jersey is not a regular film that is made for the sake of entertainment. It showcases the journey of a sportsman. It is a slice of life film that needs to be watched and experienced. It will surely be remembered for a long time as one of the best films of recent times. Go watch it.
Verdict: A Bow To Jersey!