Ranveer Singh to play Kapil Dev in Kabir Khan’s '1983'


After ‘Padmavati’, Ranveer Singh has bagged another promising project. He will essay the role of ace cricketer Kapil Dev who led India to World Cup glory. The film will be directed by Kabir Khan.

Taran Adarsh shared the news on Twitter and wrote, “#BreakingNews: Ranveer Singh will turn cricketer #KapilDev in Kabir Khan’s sports-based film... #1983 #WorldCup.”

Talking to Wisden India, Kapil Dev had said, “Everyone started saying that the West Indies were going to win it once again, for the third time. But I think we had something that no-one knew about. There was something up our sleeve — it was the self-confidence and the self-belief,” Kapil added.

For the first time Indian cricket team lifted the World Cup at the majestic Lords’ in London. 

Talking about the biopic, Kabir Khan said Ranveer Singh is the perfect choice to play the sports legend. He said, “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, 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.”

Vikramaditya Motwane of Phantom Films added, “83 is the greatest Indian underdog sports story ever and we’re delighted to be making it with Kabir and Ranveer. Taking on the mantle of playing a legend like Kapil Dev isn’t easy but if any actor can do it, it’s Ranveer. I’m sure his portrayal is going to be endearing and brilliant and we can’t wait to see it on screen.”