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15 years back cricket was played by cultured people: Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev, 1983 world cup, champions, Ranveer Singh


The victorious Cricket Team of 1983 along with Director Kabir Khan and Ranveer Singh Kick started the journey of their film, ‘83’ amid huge fanfare. During an interaction, Kapil Dev said, 15 years back cricket was played by cultured.

Kapil Dev captain of the ’83 team while reminiscing the olden days and sharing his memories said, “I was from agricultural background and all of my co-players were from cultured background. So it had become a part of my image and it showed in my behavior at time. And 15 years back cricket was played by cultured people. When we started playing, it was played in English and not in Hindi. When I was made the Captain, I remember people said I don’t even know how to speak English and I shouldn’t be the captain. So I had said that they should call someone from Oxford to speak in English and I will continue to play. But we all had a great time in 1983. It is true that we were not confident but after we won couple of matches we gained some. In 1983 we finally knew we have a team.”

Kapil also said to director Kabir Khan, “You can see it is so hard to handle all of these characters and it is going to be a task for you to find more people like them for the film. You can try your best but I am sure you won’t be able to find such characters.”

The filmmakers have cast Ranveer Singh for the captain, Kapil Dev’s role while the others haven’t been cast yet.

While talking about the film Ranveer said, “To our generation cricket has always been the glamorous game but it wasn’t actually like that before, when Kabir sir started narrating the story it came as a shock to me. It was surprising to learn the odds against which they had to fight and rise. More than a great cricket story it is a great human story.”

The film follows the incredible journey of a bunch of players from a low-ranked team, who went on to beat the big stalwarts of the game. It is produced by Phantom Films, Vishnu Vardhan Induri (Vibri Media), Reliance Entertainment and Kabir Khan Films.

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