As we all know that Ranveer Singh has been officially confirmed to recreate the most memorable moment of Indian cricket history on screen with Kabir Khan’s film titled ’83.
Essaying the role of Kapil Dev, Ranveer along with the ‘Tubelight’ director Kabir will make the cine fans relive the proud moment in the history of Indian cricket when the squad of 14 men gave the nation a reason to celebrate.
When Ranveer, who was present at the launch of ’83, was asked about his reaction on being offered the role of Kapil Dev, he noted, “I was born at the time when cricket was big time. When Kabir Sahab (director Kabir Khan) had come to me and said that there will be a film on 83, I was like finally. And when he was narrating it to me, I was like woooh. It is not a story just about cricket but a human story.”
The actor also shared that he was quite nervous when he was asked to do this role and questioned himself that how is he going to do this. “How am I going to do this? I am honoured that I will be a part of the biggest story. Goosebumps and goosebumps in the second part of the film, right Kabir sir?” added Ranveer.
This is not the first time Ranveer came close to cricket. He revealed that Jimmy (former cricketer Mohinder Amarnath) is the reason why he became an actor. Speaking at the special occasion organized to honour the stalwarts, the Bajirao Mastani actor told the audience that after scoring 71 runs off 46 balls in the seventh standard, he decided to try out for Amarnath’s cricket academy with his friends.
“My friends were serious about the sport and reached on time for the tryouts. When I reached late, I saw Mr. Mohinder Amarnath standing by the pitch. This man has an aura that you can’t miss even from a mile away,” Ranveer said.
“I walked up to him with all my wit and asked for directions on what to do. He directed me to the pitch and that day I failed at the tryouts. And thanks to the failure that day, I am here today,” added the actor.
Kabir has finished his scripting and has started gearing up for the most ambitious project of his career. On Wednesday, Ranveer and Kabir with their team made an official announcement about the film.
Kapil Dev, who was also present at the event, said that it will not be an easy task to make the 1983 squad. “It was not easy to handle the squad of 1983. Try, but you’ll find it difficult to get such characters across India,” Dev added.[ecp code=”4″]
Kapil Dev went down memory lane and said: “I was from agriculture background and all of my co-players were from cultured background. So, it had become a part of my image and it showed in my behaviour at the time.”
“When we started playing, it was played in English and not in Hindi. When I was made the captain, people said that I don’t even know how to speak in English and I shouldn’t be the captain. So, I said that they should call someone from Oxford to speak in English and I will continue to play cricket.”
Kapil Dev also said that initially they were not confident, but after winning a few matches they gained some confidence.
Also present at the launch were legendary cricketers like Mohinder Amarnath, Kirti Azad, Roger Binny, SS Madanlal, Sandeep Patil, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Yashpal Sharma, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sunil Valson.
The 1983 World Cup has been a celebratory milestone in the history of the Indian cricket. The film will be shot at real locations and will be going on floors early next year.
The casting of the other cricket players is yet in process. Kabir has already scripted the film. The director said, “As a young schoolboy when I watched India win the 1983 Cricket World Cup I had no idea that from that day onwards Cricket in India will change forever. As a filmmaker, for me, the journey to that win, filled with raw energy and sheer passion of that young Indian team, is probably one of the most exciting stories I have worked on. And it’s great to have Ranveer come on board to play Kapil Dev, as honestly, I could see no one else for the role, ever since I started finalising the script.”
’83 will be shot in the real locations and will make the youngsters celebrate the milestone in the history of Indian Cricket which happened when many were not even born. Vikramaditya Motwane of Phantom Films said, “’83 is the greatest Indian underdog sports story ever and we’re delighted to be making it with Kabir and Ranveer.”