Bollywood is renowned for popular biopics and 83, a journey of the Indian cricket team's journey to its first world cup victory as undergods in 1983 hit the screens today on December 24. The trailer and teaser featuring Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev generated immense interest. Let us find out how 83, entertained movie lovers.
PR Man Singh (Pankaj Tripathi) flies to England for the 1983 world cup along with the Indian cricket team led by new captain Kapil Dev (Ranveer Singh) and featuring Gavaskar (Tahir Basin), Srikanth(Jiiva), Mohinder Amarnath (Saqib Saleem), Yashpal Sharma (Jatin Sarna), Sandeep Patil (Chirag Patil), Kirti Azad (Dinker Sharma), Roger Binny (Nishant Dahiya), Madan Lal(Hardy Sandu), Kirmani(Sahil Khatir), Balwinder Singh Sandhu (Ammy Virk), Vengsarkar (Adinath Kothare), Ravi Shastri (Dhairya Karva) and others. They have an uphill task as they have never won a match in the world cups earlier and their only win was against East Africa. They lose badly in the warmup matches ahead of the world cups. Whether Kapil Dev is able to motivate his team which has no hopes and on which even his own country people do not have faith to win the world cup and what role his wife Romi Bhatia(Deepika Padukone) played, form 83 story.
Artists, Technicians Review
Kabir Khan decided to thrill movie lovers by taking them on a memorable journey of Team India's world cup victory in 83 in cricket. He did a lot of research and his hard work is seen on screen in each and every scene. The journey and the dressing room happenings and the pre-match preparations are shown in detail increasing interest among movie lovers. Though viewers are aware of the story, Kabir Khan emerged successful in elevating the emotions attached to the journey.
However for all the positives, as viewers are aware of the story, there are no real twists and turns. All the matches and the pre-match sessions and dialogues give viewers a routine and dragged narration. The duration of the film also impacts the result. Kabir Khan to negate them, tried to add masala to it by including humor in the conversation between the team members and he also highlighted how cricket unites the country ridden with communal clashes. This however diverted the story to some extent. The same is the case with cross-border firing at the Indo-Pak border. He even attracted the attention of viewers showing young Sachin Tendulkar watching the finals and similarly casting Real Kapil Dev as one of the spectators and Mohinder Amarnath as Amarnath's father Lala Amarnath.
Ranveer Singh came with a stellar performance. He slipped into the role and resembled legendary captain Kapil Dev on screen. He came with good expressions and emotions and his body language and physique are near to perfection. Dialogues are good and at times witty capturing the mood of the team. Ranveer Singh came with good dialogue delivery.
Pankaj Tripathi,Tahir Raj Bhasin,Jiiva,Saqib Salim, Jatin Sarna,Chirag Patil,Dinker Sharma, Nishant Dahiya,Hardy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar, Ammy Virk,Adinath Khothare, Dhairya Karwaa,R.Badree performed their roles accordingly and did full justice to their roles on screen. The conversations between them highlighted the scenes. Deepika Padukone as Romi Bhatia is ok in her role and others performed accordingly.
The cinematography of Aseem Mishra recreated the 83 world cup atmosphere to near perfection. He took movie lovers into the story and gave them a feeling of watching the entire 83 WorldCup on screen. The background music of Julius Packiam is good. The cinematography and Background music elevated the scenes to another level. Music is ok. Editing of Nitin Baid could have been better. He could have trimmed a few scenes. Production values are good.
83 glorious moments
Kapil Dev, Mohinder Amarnath
Lack of real twists and turns
Kabir Singh and Ranveer Singh with 83 relived the glorious moments of India's cricketing history by taking the movie lovers into the journey. The emotions are highlighted in a powerful manner and the screenplay and direction are good. However, with a known story, lack of real twists and turns dragged narration at times, impacted the film. Considering all these points, CJ goest with a 3 rating for 83.