83 | Director: Kabir Khan
Starring: Ranveer Singh, Tahir Rajbhasin, Jeeva, Saqib Saleem, Jatin Sarna, Chirag Patil, Dinkar Sharma, Nishant Dahiya, Hardy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar, Amy Virk, Adinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa, R Badri, Pankaj Irani
Language: Hindi | Rating: 2/5
Some write stories and some write their own. India’s historic victory in the 1983 World Cup followed.
India made history on June 25 by defeating the West Indies at Lord’s in England. The incident was so unprecedented that it seemed so strange and extraordinary that it was unrealistic. In 2021, when reality seemed more unfamiliar than fiction, the 1983 epic became a movie. But in a typical plot twist of such a year, even Kapil Dev’s Instagram posts are immortalized in a way that makes it even more emotional.
There can be no more successful resolution. In 1983, the Indian team went to England for the World Cup. But the chances were bleak (they had never won before, it was the first year of Kapil Dev’s captaincy) and no one believed it would happen. They were underdogs that had been written off from the beginning. Still, they pointed out all the doubts, defied all doubts and won the final against the then defending champions, the West Indies. It was a David vs Goliath match; The result that embodies the allure of cricket: anyone can win. When Kapil Dev won the trophy, he not only made a dream come true, but also allowed a country to dream beyond their reality.
But what made India’s journey even more memorable was the revelation of many of them at a time when no one was looking. Kapil Dev’s match against Zimbabwe, who set a world record of 175 runs, was not televised. Many heard the final break on the radio. Not only did this make cricketers historians of their own history, but everyone had their own historical versions.
There are 83 stories, and then 83 stories, creating a combination of customized stories and facts for a screen adaptation.
A retelling of Kabir Khan’s 83 historical events – then there is a more remarkable story than any narrative invention can guarantee. The film is co-written by Khan, Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan and Vasan Bala.
On multiple occasions scenes from the competition are cross-cut using archival footage, and the film wants to be commended for its work.
83 begins with the departure of the Indian team to England on May 30, 1983. For the next two hours and 32 minutes the film follows the country’s phenomenal success on foreign soil. The problem is that he does not do so, but rather paints the film in the broadest strokes, all the subtleties are flattened until there is doubt as to its purpose, he reveals the emotional manipulation — the strategy hidden in every sports film — clearly. He not only nostalgia but also arms it.
Since the announcement of the film, the participation of former cricketers like Kapil Dev (who shadowed Singh for months), Balwinder Sandhu and Yashpal Sharma has been in the public eye. The film even shows recognition for all the cricketers (Sunil Gavaskar does not look strange from the list). It shines through in guest roles (albeit one of Mohinder Amarnath’s eras) respectful postures, and about any potential conflict in the dressing room. If the current situation is any evidence, it is a strange thing to have nothing.
And a heavy narrative style with exposure. Balwinder Sandhu (Ammi Virk) and Krishnamachari Srikanth (Jeeva) are seen watching the West Indies play. Introducing the bowlers, he repeats how intimidating they are. The subtext here is the urgency of the film to make us aware of the crucialness of what happened. Like a war picture, it repeats the bravery of the soldiers.
In fact, there is a hidden strain of patriotism throughout the 83rd. Kapil Dev has been repeatedly described as a freedom fighter and scenes of the final match are blocked by police officers from a Muslim village. It is convenient to lose objectivity when witnessing a chapter in history by asking for a score. But these manipulations are very clearly designed to shape emotions so that they do not lose their power. The reward in this case is almost primary, and we all grew up reading and filming competitions that mostly demonstrated the actors ’readiness in the execution of the stories. Kabir Khan was later involved in reclaiming 83 and actually rebuilding it.
The film manages to fill in the gaps with detailed production and qualified casting. Kapil Devai Ranveer Singh is notable. The actor gets even the harshest sentences of the cricketer with sincere accuracy.
Other actors including Saqib Saleem (Mohinder Amarnath), Tahir Bhasin (Sunil Gavaskar) and Jeeva (Krishnamachari Srikanth) are equally talented. They indulge in their roles without exaggeration, clinging to imitation without drama.
When a film is made based on a well – known story, we have to ask two questions: Why was it made and why should we watch it? 83 is a naked fan service for the cricketers involved in what could be a presentation. But in today’s context where nationalism has become a category in itself, the very existence of cinema makes more sense. It is a gold mine. Produced by Khan, Phantom Films and Deepika Padukone, it is clear that the people involved are well aware of the same. The fact that the latter comes in a role that requires the audience to sit in the crowd as a stand-in reflects the film’s insistence on making the story as beautiful as possible while transcribing and preserving it without translating its impact. Box office status.
On the way to screening I was thinking about the second question. How can an isolated story be improved? Perhaps it is the curiosity that fiction can take over life and make it better. Some stories are written better than they can be written.