Ranveer Singh has revealed his first look for the film on India’s 1983 World Cup victory.
A still posted on Ranveer’s official Instagram page on the ’83 lead actor’s birthday has a striking resemblance with the hero of India’s 1983 World Cup title triumph – the champion team captain Kapil Dev.
Dressed in white flannels for the gentlemen’s game, Ranveer is tossing the ball up with seem upright and his eyes focused on the target like a seasoned bowler on his run-up. Celebrating his 34th birthday, Ranveer has revealed the picture on his Instagram page with the caption: “On my special day, here’s presenting the Haryana hurricane, Kapil Dev.”
Ranveer is currently in London with the ’83 star cast and crew to shoot one of Indian sports’ biggest events ever. He has spent long time with Kapil both on and off the field to study the legend’s body language, on-field conduct and other mannerisms to get into the character.
For the Kabir Khan directorial venture, a special team of make-up artists and technicians has created Ranveer’s look with the striking resemblance to the legendary cricketer. Ranveer besides learning the basic points of Kapil’s game from the legend himself has also worked overtime to watch recordings of his matches, interviews, besides attending workshops with the rest of the cast.
“The moment I started working on ’83, I realised, it was only Ranveer Singh who could play the character of Kapil Dev,” director Kabir Khan has told news magazine Delhi Times. “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 (Kapil). 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. It was a long process; two months of different drafts. After eight days involving long sessions, we were able to transform Ranveer into Kapil.”
Even Kapil is pleasantly surprised with Ranveer’s look as the hero of ’83. “Ranveer and I were extremely excited to show the look to Kapil sir and when we actually showed it to him, he was pleasantly surprised and excited. In fact, we were at his place in Sundar Nagar in Delhi and there were a lot of people present there. I remember him saying, ‘Okay, give me your phone’, and he went around showing it to all his friends and relatives. ‘Dekho yeh Ranveer bilkul meri tarah lag raha hai,’ he said gleefully and that really made our day,” says Kabir Khan.