It was a lovely view on a Wednesday afternoon to see the entire team of the 1983 Indian Cricket Team, who brought the World Cup home, in one frame. The moment of winning the trophy was recreated by the Captain of the team-Kapil Dev along with the reel captain Ranveer Singh, who celebrated the victory and announcement of the film ’83 by splashing champagne.
At the official announcement of Ranveer Singh signed on-board to play the dynamic Captain Kapil Dev, he was all smitten by the infectious energy in the air created by the cricket legends. Ecstatic about the association, the ‘Befikre’ boy said, “How am I going to do this!?” He added, “It’s my honour and privilege to do this film.” The cricket buff himself, Ranveer was fascinated by watching the legends who got India its first Cricket World Cup.
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Host Gaurav Kapur revealed that the ‘Bajirao Mastani’ actor was so excited meeting the cricketers that he clicked selfies with everyone and said, ‘In excitement I might throw up.’ “My generation always thought that cricket was always big. It was so shocking and surprising to learn that these gentlemen had to rise against the odds,” stated Ranveer Singh. He voted, “If you’re born in this country, then cricket has to be in your blood.”
Former Captain Kapil Dev also shared some amazing memories from the 1983 World Cup Tour. He said, “No one can say that I haven’t made any mistake. I have made many. I had a ‘fitoor’ (passion) of winning, half way through the tour we realised that we are a team. I wasn’t the captain, everyone was the captain. Everybody played really well. I really thank Kabir Khan for making a film on it. Lot of stories will come out, we’ll be embarrassed and happy also. We realised ourselves during the tour of ’83. Handling these characters( cricket team) was very difficult. it’s impossible to find such characters. We are missing Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar and Syed Kirmani over here. I apologise on their behalf but I believe they are doing better jobs right now.”
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’83’ is being helmed by Kabir Khan and talking about the importance of this film in his life, Kabir shared, “I feel blessed that I’ve got the opportunity to narrate this story. It should never be forgotten. I was a school kid when I watched that match. There’s one story which is very close to a filmmaker, where he puts his everything. ’83 is that movie for me. When I went back to school after watching the match, I felt very proud because we had Kirti Azad in our school. Through this film I want to make my son feel as proud as I was as a young kid.”
Making biopics on sports legend has become a norm in the industry. Earlier, Sushant Singh Rajput pulled off former Indian Cricket Team’s captain- Mahendra Singh Dhoni, which shattered the Box-Office with its collection. It would be interesting to see Ranveer Singh pull off a Kapil Dev.
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