News India Times – that’s all you need to know Entertainment News India Times January 14, 2022 27 Ace Hockey Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh Nominated For The World Games Athlete Of The Year 2021 Award New Delhi, 05 January A ce hockey goalkeeper PR Sreejesh has been nominated for theWorld Games Athlete of the Year 2021 award and the former captain says he is truly elated and honored ‘as this nomination is recognition for great team work.’ The 24 athletes nominated for this award from 17 countries have been recommended by their respective international federations and the FIH has recommended Sreejesh’s name for his outstanding efforts in the year 2021. “I think this nomination is quite special for it recog- nizes great team work and this nomination is a result of our Olympic performance,” Sreejesh said. “I am so honoured to be nominated and this truly goes for the team. It’s because of their hard work that we are being recognised world-over. The credit of all this suc- cess also goes to Hockey India for their support, without them none of this could be possible. Now it’s up to the fans to choose the deserving winner for this award,” Sreejesh told Hockey India Bengaluru. Sreejesh played a crucial role in India’s bronze medal winning performance at the Tokyo Olympic In their Bronze-medal outing in Tokyo, India beat Germany 5-4. The match witnessed some excellent defense led by Sreejesh. Earlier in 2021, Sreejesh was also elected as the FIH (Federation Internationale de Hockey) Goalkeeper of the Year award and was also conferred with the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award for his exemplary career in hockey. (The FIH is commonly known as International Hockey Federation). “We at Hockey India are elated by the news of Sreejesh being nominated for theWorld Games Athlete of the Year 2021. He is a huge inspiration to many in the country and is popular world over for his goalkeeping abilities and his vivacious personality “said Hockey India President Gyanendro Ningombam . “We are very proud of his achievements and contribu- tion to Indian hockey. I hope all his fans and supporters of Indian hockey will cast their vote for him to win this prestigious award,” he added In 2019, Women’s Hockey Captain Rani became the first from India to win theWorld Games Athlete of the Year with 1,99,477 votes. This will be the Ninth edition of the IWGA initiative that recognizes and honors an athlete or a team for their outstanding performance in 2021, or for their social com- mitment or particularly fair behavior. By Harpal Singh Bedi Photo:courtesyHockey IndiaviaHarpaIl Singh Bedi Photo:courtesyHockey IndiaviaHarpaIl Singh Bedi India’s hockey goalkeeper PR Sreejesh in action. Hockey goalkeeper PR Sreejesh waving to fans. Anushka Sharma Launches Next Production, Chakda ‘Xpress, Which Will Stream On Netflix N etflix India has announced its next film, Chakda ‘Xpress. The film, starring Anushka Sharma, is being produced by her home banner Clean Slate Filmz and directed by Prosit Roy, and is inspired by the incredible story of Jhulan Goswami. The film traces the glorious journey of one of the fast- est female pacers in the history of world cricket, Jhulan Goswami, as she moves up the ladder despite the count- less hindrances posed by misogynistic politics to fulfill her only dream—to play cricket. Karnesh Ssharma produces the film. Anushka is cast in the title-role and says, “It is a really special film because it is essentially a story of tremendous sacri- fice. Chakda ‘Xpress is inspired by the life and times of former Indian captain Jhulan Goswami, and it will be an eye-opener into the world of women’s cricket. At a time when Jhulan decided to become a cricketer and make her country proud on the global stage, it was very tough for women to even think of playing the sport. This film is a dramatic retelling of several instances that shaped her life and also women’s cricket.” She goes on, “From support systems to facilities to having a stable income from playing the game, to hav- ing even a future in cricket – very little propelled women of India to take up cricket as a profession. Jhulan had a fighting and extremely uncertain cricketing career and she stayed motivated to make her country proud. She strived to change the stereotype that women cannot make a career out of playing cricket in India, so that the next generation of girls could have a better playing field. Her life is a living testimony that passion and persever- ance triumphs over any or all adversities. There is still a lot of work to be done and we have to empower them with the best so that the sport can flourish for women in India.” And Sharma concludes, “We should all salute Jhulan and her teammates for revolutionizing women’s cricket in India. It is their hard work, passion and undefeated mission to bring attention to women’s cricket that has turned things around for generations to come. As a woman, I was proud to hear Jhulan’s story and it is an honor for me to try and bring her to life for audiences and cricket lovers. As a cricketing nation, we have to give our women cricketers their due. Jhulan’s story is truly an underdog story in the history of cricket in India and the film is our celebration of her spirit.” Says Jhulan Goswami, “When you represent India, that’s all that should be kept in mind. Tum desh ke liye khel rahe ho, apne liye nahin (you are fighting for the nation, not for yourself). Your team is of 11 women playing to place Team India’s name in history. It doesn’t matter if they said ladkiyan cricket nahin khel sakti (girls cannot play cricket). It doesn’t matter if sometimes a man’s accomplishments are placed above your own. It doesn’t matter if the stadiums are empty. When you pull up on to the pitch to bowl, all you see is the opponent holding the cricket bat and the stumps you need to knock out.” Adds the ace cricketer, “It’s this level of unblinking focus that lends itself to success. That, and remember- ing that you’re here not in spite of everything that went wrong, but because of everything that went right. It’s about knowing one’s place in the world and having one’s feet firmly on the ground. You deserve to be here. And this is only the beginning. Team India is not just the roaring sound of 1.3 billion voices cheering and praying. Now is the time to watch the women shine. It’s our time and we’re here to play. Today, you see us. Tomorrow, you’ll remember our names. Chakda ‘Xpress is now filming. Meet you on the field.” Clean Slate Filmz is a production house established by Anushka Sharma and brother Karnesh Ssharma in 2013 with the goal of creating relevant, entertaining and clutter-breaking content for audiences across platforms. It has to its credit film projects such as NH10, Phillauri, Pari and and more recently, the Amazon Original Paatal Lok and the Netflix film, Bulbbul. This is their second collaboration with the OTT platform. Anushka is the first actress to turn producer in less than five years after her acting debut with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008). Here are eight other prominent actresses who turned producers: • Deepika Padukone with Chhapaak (2020), 13 years after her debut in Om Shanti Om • Hema Malini with Dil Aashna Hai (1992), 23 years after Sapnon Ka Saudagar • Juhi Chawla with Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000), 14 years after Sultanat • Manisha Koirala with Paisa Vasool (2004), 13 years after Saudagar • Pooja Bhatt with Tamanna (1997), 6 years after Daddy. • Preity Zinta with Ishqk In Paris (2013), 15 years after her debut in Dil Se… • Raveena Tandon with Stumped! (2002), 11 years after her debut with Patthar Ke Phool • Shilpa Shetty in Dishkiyaoon (2014), 11 years after Baazigar By RajivVijayakar Anushka Sharma produces and stars in Chakda ‘Xpress, inspired by the life and times of cricketer Jhulan Goswami. Photo:Publicis-Consultants Asia