Always wanted to do film that brings national pride: Ranveer
Ranveer Singh is all set to bring on celluloid the story of India's first Cricket World Cup victory through the movie ''83' and says he always wanted to be part of a film with national pride as its theme.
The actor says he's aware that doing ''83' comes with responsibility but he feels lucky to have been chosen to play Kapil Dev.
Ranveer Singh on being part of film '83
Ranveer on '83
A film where take-away would be sense of national pride
"It is important part of our sports history and history as a nation, our first world cup win and it had put us on top of the world, stamped our presence on the map," Ranveer said.
"The story of underdogs' triumph is completely lost. There is a whole generation that needs to know and I am happy to be fronting it," he added.
Playing Kapil Dev is a huge deal, says Ranveer
''83' will trace the story of Indian skipper Kapil Dev (played by Ranveer), who led the Indian cricket team to victory in the 1983 World Cup.
"For me to be playing Kapil Dev is a huge deal. He is a legend in the truest sense. He commands such respect in the cricket fraternity and has a vast fan following," Ranveer said.
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Ranveer blown away by facts Kabir shared about 1983 victory
Ranveer says he was blown away by the facts director Kabir Khan shared with him while narrating ''83' script and believes it is important to tell the story to the world.
"I had no idea this how we won our first World Cup. They were a complete bunch of underdogs that nobody believed in and they fought and had the ultimate victory," he said.
Khan, Singh recently visited Lord's Cricket Ground
As part of the preparations for the film, ''83', Kabir Khan and Ranveer Singh had recently visited the iconic Lord's Cricket Ground to watch the test match between India and England.
The sports drama produced by Phantom Films, Vishnu Vardhan Induri of Vibri Media, Reliance Entertainment, and Kabir Khan Films, is slated to release on April 10, 2020.