Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, who will be seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ambitious period drama Padmavati next, has already bagged another major project. The Befikre actor is all set to play cricketer Kapil Dev in 1983, a film that captures India’s surprise win over the mighty West Indies at the cricket World Cup. Kabir Khan will direct the film.
“As a young schoolboy 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,” the director shared.
He continued, “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.”
The director has already finished scripting the film, which will bring to light one of the most memorable events in the history of Indian cricket.
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Written by National Award-winning director Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, 1983 will be co-produced by Phantom Films and the founder and managing director of the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL), Vishnu Vardhan Induri.
Ranveer Singh has previously shone with his power packed performances. He will play a sports personality for the first time and it is also the first time that the celebratory milestone will be brought to light through cinema.