While the Kapil Dev-led 1983 World Champion squad has given a collective mandate for a film on the historic feat, the players have also in principle agreed to jointly explore any commercial opportunity that comes their way. Though there is no written agreement, the players have authorized skipper Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar in principle to discuss and negotiate the deals that come their way in the run-up to the upcoming World Cup.
Coca-Cola, investing heavily in cricket after a long hiatus, had approached several 1983 World Cup champions individually. But the multinational soft drink brand was diverted to either Kapil or Gavaskar for any negotiations. The brand has since approached the champion captain, a source associated with negotiations has confirmed to insidesport.co.
Except for the players’ media contracts for commentary and news channel appearances, the team will be exploring anything and everything else as “The Champions of 1983”.
MEETING ON THE KAPIL SHARMA SHOW
The 1983 team will be meeting tonight (Friday) on the sets of THE KAPIL SHARMA SHOW. “The team will be meeting separately in between the shoot,” a team member has told insidesport.co on condition of anonymity.
“Producer of the ’83 movie will also be with us for the shoot. We have several concerns and Kabir (Khan) has told us that we will discuss the issues during the meeting today,” another team member said. “We have mandated Kapil and Gavaskar for all commercial, media or public discussions. Anything related to the 1983 World Cup officially will have to come from them.”
THE KAPIL SHARMA SHOW shoot was originally scheduled for Saturday night. It was advanced by a day for Friday, as some of the players have contractual obligations with news channels to appear on the preview shows and for the India-Australia One Day International on Sunday morning.
India is hosting Australia for a five-match ODI series and two T20 Internationals. The first match is scheduled for Sunday at Visakhapatnam.
The two players, however, declined to comment on the reported unhappiness on the “remuneration from granting the rights of their story from the 1983 movie. “Only Kapil and Gavaskar should speak on this,” said one player. “There is no written or exclusive mandate to both of them. But in a team, mutual understandings are bigger than anything.”
National daily Times of India had reported that the players were “not happy with a collective contract of ₹ 1.5 crores for 10 of them”. While Kapil reportedly has a separate contract, Gavaskar has not signed on the dotted lines, the paper has reported.
However, insidesport.co has learned that the players stand to gain more than the committed ₹ 1.5 crores if the film does well commercially. “This too will be discussed today,” a player said. “The contract has various clauses. But we are not supposed to speak on that. Only Kapil and the film producers are the authorised spokespersons for everything related to the movie.”
Meanwhile, the players are happy with the timing of the hype around the film. “This has yet again put us in the limelight. There are individual offers with the most of us. But we have decided to play as a team. We will discuss further tonight and hope we all will stick to the decision.”
The cricketing part of the film will be shot in London at the Lord’s and the Oval. Kabir Khan and his team had been to the historic venues for a recce.