The sports drama based on hockey was supposed to hit screens on February 26 and will now hit screens on March 5 instead. Announcing the new release date on his social media, Sundeep wrote, “TFI ‘s 1st Hockey Film & the Debut of 14 young technicians …Presenting to you my most confident film to date. #A1Express on 5th March. Experience the Madness on the Big Screen.” (sic)
TFI ‘s 1st Hockey Film & the Debut of 14 young technicians …❤️Presenting to you my most confident film to date… https://t.co/ha7RzR5AMR
— A1 Express on 5th March (@sundeepkishan) 1613882481000
While the film’s principal photography was kick-started in 2019, the pandemic ended up prolonging the wait. They commenced shooting post lockdown and wrapped up the remaining schedules. Sports dramas are a relatively new genre to Telugu cinema and while fans of Tamil cinema have previously compared it to a film from Kollywood, the film’s team and even Sundeep have clarified that this film is not a remake.
Sundeep worked hard to transform himself for the role, sporting a lean physique. He has also worked hard on his abs, maintaining them through the lockdown. Lavanya Tripathi has also practiced playing hockey for the role.