Actor Shahid Kapoor on Wednesday opened up about his preparation for upcoming cricket drama Jersey at the Global Spa Fit and Fab Awards 2019 in Mumbai.
He said, “I used to think that I am a good cricketer as I used to open for my school team. But I forgot that I have not played cricket in so long. It is fun to play cricket just like that, but when you do it in a film, you need to have the right technique and dedicate a lot of time to it. So, I am trying to give as much time as I can because I think we are in a time where authenticity is very important. As an actor, you cannot get away without being very convincing if you are playing a sportsperson. So, I am trying to get as close as I can. I am practising every day with full gear. Jersey will come out next year in August.”
Shahid Kapoor also opened up about his favourite cricketers.
“I have a lot of favourites. I think Sachin Tendulkar is everybody’s favourite. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the finest captain we have had. I think Virat Kohli is an inspiration to everybody. And a special mention to Yuvraj (Singh) who fought cancer and came back. He is very inspirational.” the actor said.
While Shahid Kapoor has just started prepping for Jersey, there is one more film on cricket which will release in 2020 – Kabir Khan directorial 83, starring Ranveer Singh in the lead role. The film tells the story of India’s 1983 World Cup win.
Talking about 83, Shahid said, “I am aware that there are two films (based on cricket) coming out next year. There might be a third film. 83 is a wonderful subject, and I wish them all the best. It is about India lifting the 1983 World Cup, and I think everybody wants to watch it.”
“Jersey is a very personal film. It is a human journey, and it touched me deeply. It is a very emotional film. Both films have their own unique identity, and I am looking forward to seeing 83,” the actor concluded.
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