Kapil Dev, Amarnath and more: World Cup 1983 champions to join Ranveer for film launch

Kapil Dev, Amarnath and the entire winning cricket team of 1983 World Cup will come together in Mumbai for the launch event of Kabir Khan’s film on their victory. Here are the exclusive details of the complete list.

bollywood Updated: Sep 26, 2017 20:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Kapil Dev,Mohinder Amarnath,Kirti Azad
Ranveer Singh will play Kapil Dev in Kabir Khan’s 1983.

Kabir Khan’s next big project is based on India’s historic 1983 World Cup victory. Ranveer Singh will be donning the role of Kapil Dev who captained the Indian team during the 1983 WC. Now, the filmmakers have arranged a reunion of the entire 1983 WC cricket team on Wednesday.

The event, scheduled to be held in Mumbai, will honour all the real-life champions from the historic match and also mark the official announcement of the film, which is being co-produced by Phantom Films, Vishnu Vardhan Induri of Vibri Media, Reliance Entertainment and Kabir Khan Films.

Kapil Dev, Mohinder Amarnath, Kirti Azad, Roger Binny, SS Madanlal, Sandeep Patil, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Yashpal Sharma, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sunil Valson will be seen at the launch of Kabir Khan’s next film. PR Man Singh, then team manager, will also be present at the event.

The filmmakers plan to honour the team and announce the launch of the film titled 1983. Talking about Ranveer playing Kapil Dev, Kabir had said in a statement, “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. 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,” he added.

Before Ranveer Singh, actors like Sushant Singh Rajput, Emran Hashmi, Priyanka Chopra, and Farhaan Akhtar have essayed the role of players in the past.

A picture of the invites for the event scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

The invites sent out for the event are specially designed, which consists of a bat and a ball. The bats sent out with the invite have been signed by the 1983 World Cup champions and has a tagline as “‘83 when it all started.”

Titled 1983, the film is based on India’s victory at the cricket World Cup. India not only won their first-ever World Cup, they ended West Indies’ domination in the limited-over format of the game. West Indies had won two consecutive editions of the World Cup in 1975 and 1979.

The film has been written by National Award-winning director Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan.

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First Published: Sep 26, 2017 20:43 IST