Filmmaker Kabir Khan on Saturday (October 12) revealed that actor Ranveer Singh broke down during the shoot of the upcoming film “83” – based on India’s historic Cricket World Cup triumph in 1983 when he was handed the real World Cup trophy instead of its replica.
Ranveer is playing the role of former India captain Kapil Dev in the Kabir Khan’s sports drama which will be his first biopic that will hit on the silver screen on April 10, 2020.
However, the journey is not really easy for the actor at all, as he had to undergo a strict diet and training regime to transform into the legendary all-rounder and former India captain for the film, as he looks a whole lot like legendary cricketer in the 83’s poster.
The filmmaker revealed that Ranveer could not control his tears when they were filming the final scene during which he was given the prestigious trophy after winning the 1983 cricket world cup.
As per reports in Mumbai Mirror, Kabir Khan said in an interview: “We shot for five days at the Lord's stadium in London, entering the members-only Long Room where no camera ventured before, the dressing rooms and locker rooms, and then (we) stepped out on the balcony where the World Cup was presented to Kapil sir. And guess what? They brought out the real World Cup for Ranveer too. Overwhelmed, he broke down when I shouted 'Cut'.”
He added, “Among those on the balcony was also Clive Lloyd's son who, like Gordan Greenidge and Malcolm Marshall's sons, is playing his father in the film. We had legends like Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Vivian Richards dropping by. That day, Clive Lloyd, captain of the '83 West Indian team which had crashed to 140 all out to give us an unlikely win, was there to support his son. When we urged him to come closer, he quipped that he didn't want to see the Cup being given away for the second time in his life.”
Kabir signed off, “For me, it was never a lookalike contest. For every character, I cast a person who matched the persona of the original. In the last few films, Ranveer’s lived his roles. It’s a rare gift he has, along with the effort he puts in. Even in our film, after 10 minutes you’ll forget it’s Ranveer on screen. With visual effects and prosthetics, I could have made him a replica of Kapil sir. But at the end of the day, it wasn’t about the look but whether he was convincing playing a cricketer through 45 days.”
Noteworthy Harrdy Sandhu, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Ammy Virk, Sahil Khattar and Chirag Patil will be also seen in lead roles in the film.
(With Mumbai Mirror Inputs)