The film ’83’ based on India’s first World Cup winning triumph under Kapil Dev is set to hit the floors next year. While Kapil’s role will be played by Ranveer Singh, Deepika would play the former captain’s wife’s role.
Dev told that he was initially scared of his life story alive on the big screen.
“I was a little scared. I thought he is an actor. You are copying somebody in sports and athleticism. Does he have that much? But, when I spent time with him, I was amazed by how much time he spent. Last summer in June and July, he spent around eight hours on the cricket ground and I used to get scared. I would say he is not 20 years old, he should not get injured. I was worried about that. I think that’s where the artiste and the actor come out. They know what to do and how to do it.”
“He was with me for seven or eight days, he stayed with me and put the camera in front of me (to record) how I talk, what I do, and how I eat. I think he was there to pick up mannerisms. I think they are brilliant,” he added.
Talking about whether Ranveer has picked up the classic Natraj shot, he said, “I think he worked very hard. I don’t know. I have to see it now. I’d seen a few photographs and other things. I think these cameramen and these people are good. I was far away from them. We gave our side of the story and that’s it.”
The film casts Ranveer as team captain Kapil Dev, and features Saqib Saleem, Pankaj Tripathi, Boman Irani, Harrdy Sandhu, Ammy Virk, Jiiva, Sahil Khattar, Chirag Patil and Adinath Kothare in key roles, along with Deepika Padukone as Kapil’s wife Romi Dev.
“Within your living lifetime, they make a movie on you, you don’t know how to react. I thought we are still young enough and say ‘yaar, what is this happening, (and felt) little uneasy’. But when the whole team decided, I was part of that. My first reaction was, ‘can we wait? We are too young and everybody has seen us, let’s not make it’,” Kapil recalled.
“That’s the only thing I’m looking for. Because, I think, a lot of stories come out when you are in an act of that. You don’t know what’s happening and how they’ve come out with the movie or that episode of the Zimbabwe innings, I don’t know. But, that’s what I want to see,” Kapil Dev said during a conversation with actress Neha Dhupia in a podcast of “JioSaavn #NoFilterNeha”.