December 13, 2001- The dark day of Indian history when the temple of Indian democracy, the Parliament was attacked. The same day, barely 20 kilo-metres from the sight of that terrorist attack a sun was rising on Indian women’s cricket horizon. An 18-year-old tall, strongly built girl from Bengal was the newcomer in the Indian national women cricket team camp at TERI ground on the Delhi-Haryana border for the series against England.
For the teenaged Bengal girl, who could barely speak Hindi or English, exposure to the branded sports shoes was as much a new experience as the prospect of donning Indian national cricket team colours. Struggling to adjust with her new footwear, the tearaway seamer was visibly uncomfortable on her bowling run-up.
Then the national women’s cricket coach Tarak Sinha has a way out. He would tear open the shoe from the toe that was hurting this girls thumb. The bowler would endure the pain, but won’t let her new pair of shoes be damaged with a blade. As the coach insisted, she preferred to hide the shoes.
Sixteen years later, that unheralded prodigy is an Arjuna Awardee, a Padmashree recipient, most successful bowler in women’s international cricket, a former Indian captain and a subject matter for a BIOPIC.
This is JHULAN NISHIT GOSWAMI – the highest wicket-taker in women’s one-day internationals with 194 scalps. Jhulan has herself revealed that a biopic will be made on her. Chakdah Express is the working title named after the place in Nadia district of West Bengal where she hails from.
“I have got proposals for a biopic before as well. This is the right time I thought,” Jhulan had told reporters. Goswami helped India reach the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup earlier this year when the eves lost to England by nine runs. She took three wickets in the summit clash.
Shooting will be held from Chakdaha to Lord’s. The team has started working on the film. Several Bollywood actors have reportedly been approached to play Jhulan.
The biopic is expected to ready before the ICC World Twenty-20 for women in November next.