‘83’ First Look: Ranveer Singh is a spitting image of Kapil Dev

On his 34th birthday, Ranveer Singh treated his fans with the first look of ‘83’. He bears strong resemblance to legendary cricketer, Kapil Dev.  

Sharing his first look from the film on social media, he wrote, “On my special day, here’s presenting THE HARYANA HURRICANE ???? KAPIL DEV ???????? @83thefilm @kabirkhankk @deepikapadukone @mantenamadhu @sarkarshibasish @vishnuinduri @reliance.entertainment @fuhsephantom @nadiadwalagrandson”.

Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan wrote, “Looking exact like pajhi.????????Happy Birthday bro.Have a great one” While actress Sayani Gupta said, “Ohhhhhh fabbbbbbb! Damnnn! What a glorious birthday if you can and be this.. transformed! Live it up @ranveersingh have an amazing year and a spectacular shoot.” Dhadak director Shashank Khaitan said, “Oh WOW!!! This is so good ... exactly like the legend Kapil Dev... Happy Birthday Bro... keep on inspiring... cause thats what you doing with every character you breathing.”

A netizen said, “Looking exactly like kapil dev,” pointing out the details another said, “Look the eyebrow details and forehead @_aishwarya.singh_ ditto kapil dev.”

Talking about Ranveer stepping into Kapil Dev's role, director Kabir Khan told Bombay Times, “The moment I started working on ’83, I realised, it was only Ranveer Singh who could play the character of Kapil Dev. He possesses the physicality that is required and also has the discipline that an actor needs to be able to portray a legend like him. As far as his look is concerned, it was difficult because we didn't want to get into prosthetics. In sports, you have to play all day long under the sun. Prosthetics would have made it very difficult. So, we knew that we had to get a few key elements right to put the real picture across for the audience. It was a long process; about two months of different drafts. After eight days involving long sessions, we were able to transform Ranveer into Kapil.”

‘83’, directed by Kabir Khan, revolves around India's historic victory at 1983 Cricket World Cup.