Initially, Former India captain Kapil Dev was not in the favor of making the movie ’83’ & said he was scared when he got to know that Bollywood star couple Deepika Padukone & Ranveer Singh would be bringing 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,”
Kapil further said while recalling how Ranveer Singh spent time with him as a part of his preparation for the role.
“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.”
Dev said when asked if Ranveer has picked up the classic Natraj shot.
Directed by Kabir Khan, ’83’ is a Bollywood tribute to Indian cricket team’s first-ever World Cup victory in 1983. The film casts Ranveer Singh as team captain Kapil Dev. It features Saqib Saleem, Boman Irani, Pankaj Tripathi, Ammy Virk, Harrdy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar, Jiiva, Chirag Patil & Adinath Kothare in the prominent roles, along with Deepika Padukone as Dev’s wife Romi Dev.