Ranveer Singh who will be seen playing Indian cricketer Kapil Dev in Kabir Khan’s next directorial based on 1983 Cricket World Cup, says it’s an unbelievable feeling that he is playing the then Indian cricket captain onscreen. He also says that he feels blessed to get an opportunity to tell the victorious stories of great sporting heroes of the 1983 CWC who were earlier looked at as a ragtag bunch of guys who nobody believed.
“An underdog story always touches your heart and this is also a glorious chapter in our sports history, that I am overwhelmed [about such an opportunity]’. A few days back, I was thinking about it in the night and, in fact, sent a message to Madhu Mantena that how lucky we are to have been blessed with this opportunity to be able to tell such as great story. I feel the story is always greater than any individual. Plus, yeh story kamaal hai and that the fact that we have been entrusted with the responsibility to tell it shows how fortunate we are,” Ranveer said in an interview to Hindustan Times.
Ranveer said the film titled ’83’ is a great story to tell, with all the anecdotes – of human science and bonding between the team members. “It is one of the greatest sports stories ever about how a bunch of underdogs – who nobody thought anything of – were banded together, got galvanised by their leader and they went on to win the world cup. It infused the nation with a lot of pride and was clearly a turning point in our sports history.”
The shooting for this film will begin after Ranveer completes ‘Gully Boys’ in March next year.