Ranveer Singh is playing the lead role of captain Kapil Dev in the film, while Ammy Virk, will be making his Bollywood debut and will be seen playing the role of fast bowler Balvinder Singh Sandhu.
Ammy Virk took to Twitter to express his excitement and wrote, “Sat Sri Akaal. You all gave me so much love that I am all set to make my debut in Bollywood. Shukar Waheguru.”
Balvinder Singh Sandhu played an instrumental role, both as a batsman and bowler, in the final against West Indies and had famously clean bowled Gordon Greenidge.
The film’s makers made the big announcement with a short video that described Sandhu as the bowler who swung 83 World Cup India’s way and Balvinder Singh Sandhu, who was a king, both on and off the field.
There has been a lot of buzz about the film and its casting and it seems like the makers of 83, will announce the ensemble cast of the film, one by one.
The film was announced in September 2017 at a grand event. Speaking at the launch, Ranveer had said, “I was born at the time when cricket was big. When Kabir Khan had come to me and said that there will be a film on 83, I was like finally. And when he was narrating it to me, I was like woooh. It is not a story just about cricket but a human story.”
Kapil Dev had hailed the film and had said, “It was not easy to handle the squad of 1983. Try, but you’ll find it difficult to get such characters across India.”
Directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Madhu Mantena, Vishnu Induri and Kabir Khan, the film will be released on April 10, 2020.