Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, who is riding high on the success of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, is now all set to play star cricketer Kapil Dev in Kabir Khan’s 83.
“It’s an honour to be a part of one of the most incredible sporting stories of our nation’s history, the 1983 cricket world cup. We have the honour of telling this story and mortalising this on celluloid. It is one of the most incredible underdog stories,” Ranveer said.
The Reliance Entertainment movie is being directed by Kabir Khan. Ranveer says “83 is a story of human triumph and I am very excited to work with Kabir Khan. Bajrangi Bhaijaan is one of my most favourite films of all time,” he said.
The actor, who is being appreciated for his portrayal of Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat, is also excited about his upcoming projects which include Gully Boy and Simmba.
“My current slate is another opportunity to showcase my versatility and in collaboration with finest filmmakers in the country. So right now I am going through a very rich creative phase and I am feeling blessed,” he added.
83 follows how the Indian cricket team defeated West Indies in the final of the World Cup in 1983 under the newly-appointed captain Kapil Dev. It tracks the coming-of-age of not just a cricketing team, but of a young nation in the eyes of the world.
2018 seems to be the year of biopics with a biopic being released on Sanjay Dutt as well on Rani Laxmibai.