Nani starrer “Jersey” won rave reviews when it was released in theaters in 2019. Critics and film lovers owned it. It is one of the few Telugu films that has unanimously received positive reviews and high ratings from Telugu critics in recent years. Not only that, but the film also went on to win the National Award for Best Film in Telugu.
Directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, the film had many iconic moments and a terrific performance from Nani.
Now, the film’s Hindi remake is out in theaters. Although the film was remade by the original filmmaker Gowtam Tinnanuri, it could not get the universally positive reviews. Bollywood critics have come up with mixed reactions. While some praised the film, the top critics were not so impressed.
Critic Anupama Chopra mentioned that the Hindi remake lacks freshness.
“Jersey is like an xerox copy – exactly the same as the original but with less color, vibrancy and soul. But for admirers of Nani’s jersey like me, this jersey is not fresh or invigorating enough, “she wrote in Film Companion.
Bollywood Hungama, in its review, said that the film has a sluggish pace and lacks novelty, but praised Shahid Kapoor’s performance.
“JERSEY rests on Shahid Kapoor’s outstanding performance, the emotional moments and the touching finale.”
NDTV’s Saibal Chatterjee liked the movie and gave it a 2.5 / 5 rating. However, he opines the film needs a better pruning.
“Parts of it are a snug fit. But segments of the 170-minute film, now out in theaters after numerous postponements, could have done with some pruning. On the acting front, Shahid is the Man of the Match, “he wrote.
Shubhra Gupta’s Indian expression simply termed it as “sincere but lackluster.”
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