Upcoming Bollywood film ’83’ on India’s 1983 cricket World Cup victory, will release on April 5, 2019, said producers Reliance Entertainment and Phantom Films in association with Vibri Media and Kabir Khan Films.
Directed by Kabir Khan, the film will feature actor Ranveer Singh as star cricketer Kapil Dev under whose captaincy India achieved the great honour in 1983 first time in cricket history.
The film surrounds on how Kapil Dev, then Indian cricket team defeated West Indies, making the cricket team noticeable among the cricketing world.
Khan said,”As a young school boy, 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 finalizing the script.”
Shibasish Sarkar, COO of Reliance Entertainment, said: “Winning the ’83 cricket World Cup was a very proud moment for us as Indians and we at Reliance Entertainment aim to bring back those glorious moments for the current and future generations through this film.”
Madhu Mantena of Phantom Films and Vishnu Vardhan Induri of Vibri Media said the story was waiting to be told to the nation how it underwent the transformation into a big league cricket playing and winning teams among the cricket-playing nations. The “country needs to know” the story, they added.