Was Anushka Sharma First Choice For Jhulan Goswami Biopic?

| Updated: January 6, 2022 2:27 pm

The teaser of Anushka Sharma-starrer Chakda Xpress inspired by the life of Indian cricketer Jhulan Goswami released recently. The shoot for the biopic is all set to start and it will stream on Netflix. But did you know that Anushka earlier stepped out of the project? Though the exact reason for the actor choosing to exit the film was not known, it was a definite move since another actor was auditioned and even trained for the role.

The sports drama is based on the former captain of the Indian women’s cricket team Jhulan Goswami’s journey. It is produced by Anushka’s production house Clean Slate Filmz and directed by Prosit Roy. 

The film on Jhulan, who is a Padmashri and Arjuna Award recipient and who continues to be the highest wicket-taker in Women’s One Day International cricket, was scheduled to go on floors in 2021. 

Anushka shot for a teaser for the film in 2019, and several media houses put up photographs of Anushka and Jhulan shooting at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Earlier actor Tripti Dimri was also approached to play the role last year. According to a source, Tripti was auditioned to play the lead and had even started training for the film. But as the Chakda Xpress teaser testifies, Anushka is playing the lead. 

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