Ranveer Singh to play Kapil Dev in biopic, revive ’83 WC memories

Ranveer Singh to play Kapil Dev in biopic, revive '83 WC memories- InsideSport

Ranveer Singh is the latest celebrity after Farhan Akhtar, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Sushant Singh Rajput, Salman Khan to don a figure of sportsperson for his movie.

The young actor is reportedly set to play legendary Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev in a biopic. To be directed by Kabir Khan, the film will recreate the most memorable moment of the Indian cricket history that gave the country its first world cup trophy. Film critic Taran Adarsh on Monday morning took to Twitter to share the news.

Kapil Dev, the former Indian cricket team captain, lifted the World Cup in 1983 at the majestic Lords’ in London. India played West Indies in the finals and beat them to get the coveted trophy home for the first time.

The movie will reportedly be backed by Phantom films, co-owned by filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena.

“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,” Kabir Khan has been quoted by Indian express as saying.

The Indian daily also quoted Vikramaditya Motwane of Phantom Films: “’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.”

With what is being touted as the “biggest sports film”, Kabir is venturing into fairly new genre, whose credits include political-drama-thrillers like New York, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Tubelight.

This will be the second time when Ranveer will essay the role of a real life character after playing Maratha Empire Peshwa Bajirao in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani.

The actor is currently gearing up for the release of his much-anticipated film with Bhansali, titled Padmavati, which also stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Aditi Rao Hydari.