Jersey movie review: Shahid Kapoor film is sincere but lacklustre

A wildly talented cricketer, dealing with a flatlined career and an uncertain future. His wife, at the end of her tether, trying her best to keep everything going. Their young son

who sees the father as an idol, the recipient of unshakeable faith. And the secret which spills out, lighting up a loser who is, in reality, a winner, not just for his family, but for his friends and fellow-players.

The world of Arjun Talwar (Shahid Kapoor) revolves around Vidya (Mrunal Thakur), and Kittu (Ronit Kamra). It’s your average middle-class family,

dealing with dripping walls and unpaid electricity bills, and the weight of the man of the house who is struggling to find a path for himself

Jersey, an official remake of the 2019 Telugu hit of the same name and by the same director, has all the elements of an inspirational sports drama

A leading man nursing a crucial secret which curbs his sporting ambitions. Authentic cricketing action in the inter-state Ranji matches, minor skirmishes between players

politics amongst the selectors of the Indian team. And the insistence on keeping it low-key, which instantly makes everything relatable.

But the film is too stretched at 172 minutes, and the hero is too hangdog: ‘Jersey’ needed to be a little more rousing to keep us engaged all the way.

In the original, the leading man is forty, and the key relationship between the father and son (Kamra was also in the Telugu film) is more contentious

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