Movie Name: 83 Movie
Directed by: Kabir Khan
Starring: Ranveer Singh, Harrdy Sandhu, Deepika Padukone, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Ammy Virk, Jiiva, Sahil Khattar, Chirag Patil, Adinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa, Dinker Sharma, Jatin Sarna, Nishant Dahiya, R Badree, Boman Irani, Pankaj Tripathi, Neena Gupta, Parvatii Nair, Aditi Arya
Genre: Sport, Biography, Drama
Release Date: 24 December, 2021
Running Time: 152 Minutes
Ranveer Singh and his Devils take you time-travelling in this excellent, emotional film
’83 is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language sports drama film directed by Kabir Khan and jointly produced by Khan, Vishnu Vardhan Induri, Madhu Mantena, Deepika Padukone and Sajid Nadiadwala. Bankrolled by Reliance Entertainment, the film stars Ranveer Singh as cricketer Kapil Dev, along with Deepika Padukone, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Harrdy Sandhu, Ammy Virk, Amrita Puri, Pankaj Tripathi, Boman Irani, Tamil actor Jiiva and Sahil Khattar. The story narrates Dev’s journey of life as well as how he became the captain of the India national cricket team and won the 1983 Cricket World Cup.
In September 2017, Reliance Entertainment hosted an event to announce the film with the team that had won the 1983 World Cup. Principal photography began in England on 5 June 2019 before moving to Mumbai and wrapping up there in October.
The film will be theatrically released in India on 24 December, 2021, along with dubbed versions in Tamil and Telugu languages.
Reliance Entertainment and Vibri Media hosted an event in September 2017 to announce the film along with the entire former team that won the cricket world cup in 1983. The cast and their roles were announced in February 2019. Amiya Dev, the daughter of Kapil Dev, joined as an assistant to the director, Kabir Khan. Mali Marshall was cast to play his father, West Indies fast bowler Malcolm Marshall. Composer Pritam joined to create an iconic anthem for the film. Deepika Padukone joined the cast as Kapil Dev’s wife, Romi Bhatia, while also co-producing the film. Support artist Zeenat Motegheria had a viral photo on social media when she was seen with Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in London. It is unknown if she is a newcomer to Bollywood.
In the first week of April 2019 at a camp at Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, the cast trained at cricket with former cricketers Balwinder Sandhu and Yashpal Sharma. Singh was learning the game from Dev before the start of shooting in June.
Director Kabir Khan announced that the major shooting of the film would start in England in May 2019. The cast of ’83 flew to London on 28 May. Principal photography began on 5 June at locations in Glasgow, Dulwich college in London, Edinburgh cricket club, Nevill Ground at Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent and The Oval cricket ground. Khan stated, “Now that it’s going on the floors, starting with the Glasgow schedule, everyone’s excited to recreate a journey that made history, all thanks to our cricketing heroes of the ’83 team.” In mid-June, Deepika Padukone joined film team in Glasgow for her part of shooting. The three-month schedule of the film in London was finished on 1 September. Padukone finished her portion of shooting in mid-September. The filming was completed on 7 October 2019.
The release of the film was initially announced for 5 April 2020, and was later postponed to 30 August. The release date was pushed to 10 April 2020 due to delays in pre-production.
83 Movie: Trailer
83 Movie: Review
If you needed a reason to walk into a theatre, Kabir Khan’s 83 is that film which calls for a big screen experience.
I remember when the 1983 World Cup legends visited The Kapil Sharma show amid heavy buzz. Over two years later, Kabir Khan recreates somewhat similar magic on screen with his film 83 that celebrates India’s first-ever World Cup win in England. It transports you to that era, allowing you to be a part of that victorious moment. In all honesty, I very much felt like I was sitting in that stadium, cheering for Team India each time they hit a boundary and tearing up on the loss of every wicket. On top of it, I couldn’t see any actors on the screen during the 160 minutes runtime of 83 — it all looked so real.
Ranveer Singh takes the arduous task of stepping into the shoes of Kapil Dev and aces it, especially with the Natraj pose. He gets into the skin of the then captain with so much conviction and excitement that in some scenes, you actually search for the actor Ranveer but don’t complain when you see Kapil Dev hitting it out of the park. Full marks for the physical resemblance, body language and mannerisms, however, in some portions, I felt he goes a bit overboard with the heavy accent and dialogue delivery. But his hold of the Punjabi and broken English is quite how you would imagine Kapil Dev speaking back then.
Ranveer doesn’t do it all alone, he pulls it off with support from his team. Each of them, so convincingly, looked the part they portrayed on screen. Ranveer’s camaraderie with all his teammates, especially with Saqib Saleem playing Mohinder Jimmy Amarnath, is endearing and unmissable. Tahir Raj Bhasin as Sunil Gavaskar, Jatin Sarna as Yashpal Sharma, Tamil actor Jiiva as Srikkanth, Ammy Virk as Balwinder Sandhu and Harrdy Sandhu as Madan Lal hold on to their characters and shine in each frame. The prep that all the 11 players on screen have undergone, shows in their techniques and game on the field. Not to forget Pankaj Tripathi as PR Man Singh, the team’s manager, who not only adds the humour but also lends a strong support to the team.
Although the disclaimer in the beginning of the film clearly states that some characters have been fictionalized and dramatized just for the story, I am curious to know exactly which parts were true, and which ones were taken creative liberties. Nonetheless, 83 beautifully encapsulates Team India’s journey, struggle, defeats, inner conflicts, personal losses and most importantly, their passion to win — not for themselves but for the country. Kabir Khan’s film is less about the story and more about its characters and how they, despite once laughing at their captain’s words – ‘We will win the World Cup’ – end up putting their best foot forward to make that a reality.
Making a film based on such a historic milestone was quite a risky proposition for director Kabir Khan because you can’t afford to go wrong with facts here. But the minute details and nuances in the story that he highlights in the film makes you believe in his research and dedication towards the project. Yes, the film is about India’s win but Kabir doesn’t hesitate to tell us how most Indians never believed that India could win the World Cup. The mockery and sarcasm hits you hard through some scenes. I particularly loved the references to how a game of cricket can take precedence over communal violence and bring people from all strata of society under one roof. The scene where a woman delivers her baby right when Team India is playing their final match, and how the family names him ‘Kapil’ as soon as the country wins, is heartwarming. Another scene in which a younger Sachin Tendulkar screams, “Main bhi India ke liye cricket khelunga (I will also play for India)” fills one with pride to know how this historic win impacted people’s lives. Even while showing the personal stories of the players, Kabir has effortlessly blended it in the screenplay and it doesn’t seem like a forced attempt.
The film also stars Deepika Padukone as Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Dev but she has very little to do apart from sitting on the stands, smiling or crying depending on the team’s game.
The music of the film deserves a special mention. For once, you don’t have song and dance sequences that seem forced, as both the tracks–Lehra Do and Bigadne Do — play as background music, aptly fitting the situation, evoking emotions.
At several places, 83 gets high on nationalism, which could have been easily avoided. But that’s something one kind of overlooks for the pride and joy you experience on seeing the team lift that trophy. If you needed a reason to walk into a theatre, 83 is that film which calls for a big screen experience.
83 Movie: Songs
Song Title: Lehra Do
Lyrics: Kausar Munir
Music Composer: Pritam
Singer(s): Arijit Singh
Song Title: Bigadne De
Lyrics: Ashish Pandit
Music Composer: Pritam
Singer(s): Benny Dayal