Produced by Reliance Entertainment, Phantom Films and 83 Film Ltd. 83 is the filmy avatar of India’s greatest triumph in Limited overs cricket. Written by Kabir Khan Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan Vasan Bala, 83 is directed by Kabir Khan.
The movie was mostly shot in England and is stated to release in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada.
83 is the re-creation of the Indian cricket team’s first ever world cup championship victory led by Kapil’s devils. Unlike now, the Indian cricket then was at one of its stunted points due to intramural bickering and not so great form. 83 recounts the pluckiness and buoyancy of the Indian team to overcome not just its adversaries but also the critics references to the team as the one of underlying underdogs. Kabir Khan effortlessly transports the cheering viewers to the 80’s participating in the Indian team’s phenomenal triumph. The happenings on the screen look real most of the times due to the wonderful cast. While the fictionalized parts do show, the mutiny is suppressed robbing away the intense parts. Even the challengers are showed gentlemanly and what we get is an Indian team that charms and works hard its way to victory. Sometimes it is very burnished for comfort. There are periods when the film is “over-written” and at times “under-written”. Nothing unites the country like a victory and though it looks prescribed, it does get relayed. The Sachin moment gets the biggest cheer and deservingly so. What this victory did to Indian cricket team later is folklore now. 83 is unlike Kapil Dev’s knock, nor Sunil Gavaskar’s class, it is like Jimmy Amarnath’s batting, purposeful and towards its goal with a few trademark Jimmy hooks.
Ranveer is fantastic as Kapil Dev and this is easily one of his top 3 performances. The variety that this actor brings to the screen is so fluid. He is ably supported by the entire team of actors (players). They look genuine and real. Saqib Saleem playing Mohinder Amarnath, is terrific Tahir Raj Bhasin as Sunil Gavaskar, Jatin Sarna as Yashpal Sharma, Jiiva as Srikkanth, Ammy Virk as Balwinder Sandhu and Harrdy Sandhu as Madan Lal , all perform gracefully. Deepika Padukone and the rest of the women can be ignored for their ceremonial presence and nothing more.
Aseem Mishra’s cinematography captures the moments wonderfully well. Julius Packiam’s background score is effective while Pritam’s music soars at the right times. Nitin Baid’s editing is resourceful. Dialogues are above average while direction is neat.
83 relives through Ranveer and his team.
83 – ENTERTAINS !!!