The long awaited and awaited Bollywood movie on 1983 Cricket World Cup has been released today on 24th December. The Lord’s cricket pitch saw history as the game’s underdogs defeated two-time world champions West Indies. The film revives the on-screen thrill that the country felt when the Indian cricket team played its maiden final and tasted victory.
Not only is it based on the event that makes it a special film, but other aspects of the film make it worth anticipation. So here’s a journey through the film that will establish a connection between you and the film, before you even see it in theatres:
The film is a biographical sports drama based on the life of Kapil Dev. However, the main focus is on the historic cricket match between India and West Indies, a final in which India set the opponent a target of 183 runs and won the match by 43 runs. This was India’s first World Cup win.
The film is directed by Kabir Khan and is a multi-production film with producers such as Kabir Khan, Deepika Padukone, Vishnu Vardhan Induri, Sajid Nadiadwala, Phantom Films and Reliance Entertainment.
The film stars Ranveer Singh as the lead, Kapil Dev as his off-screen wife, Deepika Padukone, on-screen wife, Romi Dev, and Pankaj Tripathi as PR Man Singh. The cast also includes Jeeva, Hardy Sandhu, Ammi Virk, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Chirag Patil and Jatin Sarna.
bridge between generations
The film serves as a bridge between generations, with the role of former Indian cricketer Sandeep Patil and part of the playing 11 in the phenomenal 1983 match, played by his own son Chirag Patil. It is also the Hindi debut of the actor who has previously appeared in Marathi films.
real training reel
Ranveer Singh spent nearly 15 days at Kapil Dev’s house to get to know his character better. In addition, to prepare for the film, the entire cast and reel Indian cricket team attended a coaching camp for 15 days under original team members Madan Lal and Yashpal Sharma.