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Chakdah Express: Chronicling India women’s cricket star Jhulan Goswami in reel-life

Film on Jhulan Goswami, the world’s highest wicket-taker in women’s ODIs, could be released around the 2018 ICC World T20

cricket Updated: Sep 19, 2017 19:00 IST
Dhiman Sarkar
Dhiman Sarkar
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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The biopic on Jhulan Goswami, which could be titled Chakdah Express, has been a key figure for Indian women’s cricket team in the last 15 years. (Getty Images)

Ever since Irrfan Khan recreated Paan Singh Tomar’s life, it’s been open season for biopics on India’s sports stars. The list will grow by one when the life and times of Jhulan Goswami is chronicled.

Over the past five years, ‘Mary Kom’, ‘Azhar’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, a film that skirted the sticky portions of Sachin Tendulkar’s life, and one that narrated ‘untold’ stories about MS Dhoni have had varying levels of success. Also in the works is Shraddha Kapoor playing Saina Nehwal and Dhyan Chand being brought alive on the silver screen.

The announcement on the Jhulan Goswami biopic was made in the presence of the world’s highest wicket-taker in women’s ODIs at the Fanattic Sports Museum in Kolkata on Tuesday. Chakdah Express, after where she is from in West Bengal, is a possible title, said the film’s maker Susanta Das.

The film will be made in Hindi and is being aimed for release around the World T20 next year, which starts in the West Indies on November 2. The deal has been struck by Dunamis Sportainment which now manages Goswami.

Asked whether there is anything about her life that is still unknown, Goswami said yes. Das was more vehement in his assertion that the film will go ‘backstage’ sharing information about the former India captain who has played two 50-over World Cup finals.

It hasn’t yet been decided who will play Goswami, said Das, adding that it is likely to be firmed up by the end of October.

“So far, I had turned down offers to have a film made on my life because I felt that I hadn’t really achieved anything that could serve as an inspiration to the next generation,” said Goswami, 34.

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 18:53 IST