Mumbai: Actor Ranveer Singh, who is portraying the character of India’s first World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev in the movie ’83’, says he is excited to “get into the skin of such a legendary player”. The film, titled 83 and to be directed by Kabir Khan, will hit the theatres on 30 August 2019.
The film will trace the story of Indian skipper Kapil Dev and the entire Indian national cricket team when they won the 1983 World Cup. Sharing his excitement about the film, Ranveer had said, “I was born at the time when cricket was big time. When Kabir Sahab 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.”
Ranveer will be essaying Kapil Dev’s role in the film, which is touted as the “biggest sports film”. Ranveer said, “Right now I am committed to the film. I have not officially started work. I am doing two movies before that. First in line is Gully Boy directed by Zoya Akhtar, after that, I have Simba directed by Rohit Shetty.
The movie is backed by Phantom films and Reliance Entertainment in association with Vibri Media and Kabir Khan Films.
“’83’ will be releasing on August 30th, 2019,” tweeted Reliance Entertainment.
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Kabir said, 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.”