"We are very much a family film."
Shahid Kapoor starrer Jersey, which is among the most awaited Bollywood releases of the year, is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Previously slated to release on April 14, the sports drama has been postponed once again, and will now be released on April 22, 2022.
And while that is disappointing, as per the recent update, Jersey makers have been accused of plagiarism, according to a report published in the Times of India.
Writer Rajneesh Jaiswal has filed a case against the makers of Jersey and alleged that the story and script of the film belong to him.
The matter is in court as of now and makers are yet to comment on the situation.
For the uninitiated, the Gowtam Tinnanuri directorial is claimed to be the remake of the National Award-winning Telugu sports drama Jersey starring superstar Nani and Shraddha Srinath in the lead.
Meanwhile, the makers of the sports drama haven’t revealed the reason for the shift in the release of Jersey but it is likely that the now, legal matter, may need to be prioritised.
There was a lot of speculation behind the reason for the delay with some suggesting that the producers wanted to avoid a clash with the Kannada film KGF: Chapter 2, which has registered strong bookings.
Shahid Kapoor told India Today before the postponement: “It’s a big holiday.
“A lot of big films can be released on a holiday and I think Beast is largely for a different market. And KGF 2 is an action film.
“We are very much a family film. So, the genres are very different.”
Shahid further said that the release of 2-3 films on the same holiday weekend isn’t unusual for the Indian box office:
“It’s always good to have more films during the holidays because people are stepping out more.”
To note, this is not the first time that Jersey has been postponed.
The film was earlier slated to release in December 2021, however, it was postponed owing to the significant rise in the Covid-19 cases across the country, as per Pinkvilla.
Jersey stars Shahid Kapoor as a cricketer for the first time on the big screen.
Apart from Shahid, the film will also feature Mrunal Thakur and Pankaj Kapur in titular roles.
The Hindi version of Jersey is directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, who also helmed the original.
Presented by Allu Aravind, Jersey has been backed by Dil Raju, S Naga Vamsi, and Aman Gill.