After a long wait and anticipation 83 has finally got its release date and it will hit the theatres on 4th June. The film revolves around the time when India won its first World Cup under Kapil Dev’s captaincy in the year 1983.
And Ranveer Singh who has opted for Kapil Dev’s role and Tahir Raj Bhasin has got into the shoes of Sunil Gavaskar has something to share about this dynamic duo which he has recreated the incredible pair of Indian cricket team with Ranveer.
In a conversation with Bombay Times, Tahir spoke about the film, playing Gavaskar and what it’s like to work with Ranveer. “Playing a living legend is a massive challenge. There’s a lot of pressure. I did my research well. As far as Ranveer is concerned, when he is in the same room as you, he’s like a thunderbolt… a live wire, who compels you to up your game. There’s this energy he exudes the moment he walks into a room,” he shared.
Further, he went on explaining, “Before 83, I had only seen Ranveer’s interviews and seen him at YRF. I got to know him better during this film. A lot of people ask me whether he is really like that. All that energy, is that real? I feel it’s genuine. He commits to a part 110 percent. When you have a guy like him playing the captain, it compels you to do better as well, and it shows. It helps the entire unit.”
The importance of sharing screen space with Ranveer had a special reason for the Sunil Gavaskar-Kapil Dev dynamic duo. Tahir says, “It was particularly thrilling for me because there was that Sunil Gavaskar-Kapil Dev dynamic. Gavaskar was the skipper before Kapil Dev. We had to feed off each other’s energy to get that dynamic right.”
Talking about the team functioning as one unit, he said, “The credit goes to Kabir Khan because he was clear that the team had to function as a unit. All of us started our cricket training six months before the commencement of the shoot. Even in the UK, we would travel in a team bus. We would eat, travel and stay together. By the end of it, we felt like a unit. It was a life-changing experience, and I am glad we finished the shoot then. Had it been delayed, it would have been extremely difficult to shoot during the pandemic.”