Bollywood stars Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s latest film 83 was released on the second day and collected ₹ 16 crore at the box office. It was expected to have a high return on Christmas Eve but did not go as expected. Directed by filmmaker Kabir Khan, the sports drama depicts India’s success under Kapil Dev’s captaincy, defeating the West Indies in the team final in 1983 to win their first World Cup trophy.
According to Box Office India, the company had posted a net profit of around ₹ 16 crore in the second day, with a net profit of Rs 28 crore in the second day. The film had to grow even more as the opening day was short and more importantly it was the Christmas national holiday.
The film had grossed Rs 13-14 crore on its first day of release. The film also stars Tahir Rajbhasin, Jeeva, Saqib Salim, Jatin Sarna, Chirag Patil, Dinkar Sharma, Nishant Dahiya, Sahil Khattar, Ammi Virk, Addinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa, R Badri and Pankaj Tripathi. As Singh Deva, Deepika plays his wife Romy Bhatia in the film.
According to the Hindustan Times, the sports drama will face competition from another film in the same category which will be released on December 31. Named Jersey, the film stars Shahid Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi and Mrinal Thakur and is directed by Gautam Thinnanuri. The upcoming film is a remake of the movie of the same name by actor Nani.
Received positive reviews from 83 critics. In her review for News9, Ishita Sengupta said, “Most of the film’s shortcomings are filled with detailed production and talented casting. Kapil Devai Ranveer Singh is particularly notable.
PTI director Kabir Khan has said that he has always been “very upset” at the brand of nationalism that Bollywood movies have been highlighting recently.
“The toxic nationalism that has been portrayed in our films lately has always been a source of frustration to me. There is a distinction between patriotism and nationalism. Patriotism is not the need for the enemy to concentrate your energy. You do not need the enemy to prove your love for the country,” he said.
“That’s the real patriotism of ’83. Rooting for these boys who do not use slogans or utter unnecessary dialogues about their homeland and how they feel. They are going to do something that the whole country is proud of. It’s important for a film like this,” he added.
Presented by Reliance Entertainment and Phantom Films, the Corona virus hit 83 cinemas worldwide on December 24 in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam after multiple delays due to pandemic.