25122021-LSTL-01.qxd 25-12-2021 00:08 Page 1 c m y b ‘HUM JEET GAYE, MUMMA!’ Ranveer Singh uploaded a post featuring his mother (Anju Bhavnani) holding the actual Prudential Cup to ring in this historic moment of his son’s career. He wrote, “Hum jeet gaye, Mumma! TRIBUNE Fun banter Arjun Kapoor shared a rib-tickling birthday message for his uncle Anil Kapoor’s birthday. He wrote, “Youth ka khazana, joshila jawaani ka namuna...” IANS LUDHIANA | SATURDAY | 25 DECEMBER 2021 While the overall atmospherics is in no way subtle, 83 gets its cricket, its inflections and research pitch perfect Nonika Singh C INEMA and cricket are not just India’s two prime time passions but probably its biggest unifiers too. Kabir Khan brings the two threads together in his much awaited 83 and creates a winner. As the triumphant slice of cricket history when India won the 1983 Cricket World Cup (on June 25, 1983) alive on larger than life screen his intentions are crystal clear; to make our eyes brim with tears of joy. Expectedly, the treatment is suffused with patriotism and loads of cricket. Never mind that there is an attempt to amp up the proceedings with sprinkling of glamour. But roping in beautiful Deepika Padukone as Kapil Dev’s wife Romi, is only an aside. For, if the real star of real cricket of that historic proud moment when India clocked its first World Cup victory was Kapil Dev, the Indian Cricket Team captain, on screen too it’s him. Ranveer Singh plays him almost to perfection, getting his body language, his mannerisms, his cricketing stance and his tooti footi angrezi evident in one-liners beginning with “people says” right. The superstar in the ever effusive Ranveer takes a backseat. What you see is a real life Kapil, who just wanted to win sans homilies and against all odds. Cricket fans Ranveer is man of the match 83 Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Pankaj Tripathi, Jiiva, Saqib Saleem, Jatin Sarna, Chirag Patil, Dinker Sharma, Nishant Dahiya, Harrdy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar, Ammy Virk, Neena Gupta and Boman Irani Director: Kabir Khan Rating: ★★★★ are aware that the odds that he beat were insurmountable. The director dramatises enough scenes to impress upon how Indians were the underdogs. So much so that no passes were made for their entry at Lord’s ground in England which is where the finals of the World Cup took place. And history was made. How and when, for the NEW RELEASE uninitiated the details are laid out, if not ball by ball, certainly match by match. From India’s two successive wins to its drubbing in the next two to that great game played by Kapil (unbeaten 175) when India was down at 17 for 5 against Zimbabwe, much unfurls in this 162-minute sports drama. Though Ranveer as Kapil shines, the best part is; it isn’t about Kapil alone. The other members of the team get due footage and space. Jiiva as Krishnamachari Srikkanth truly has his moment and actors like Saqib Saleem ( Mohinder Amarnath), Jatin Sarna (Yashpal Sharma) and our very own Punjabi stars Ammy Virk (Balwinder Sandhu) and Harrdy Sandhu (Madan Lal) make a visible impact. Ammy stands apart and it is heartening that he gets enough screen time. Wamiqa Gabbi’s part as Madan Lal’s wife might be rather small but she looks fetching. And then there are gifted actors Boman Irani (Farokh Engineer) and Pankaj Tripathi energizing the narrative. Tripathi as PR Man Singh, manager of the team, brings in necessary dash of chutzpah and c m y b humour. Real stars of the international cricket, the invincible bowlers of West Indies (reigning and two time champions at that time) are duly introduced with real and reel footage. Khan resists the temptation of laying it too thick with archival material and chooses to recreate the period with directorial flourishes. We get to see Kapil Dev and Mohinder Amarnath. Amarnath appears in a short cameo playing his father Lala Amarnath and Kapil is seen in the stands and later at the end of the film, recalling the victory day. Sure, the overall atmos- pherics is in no way subtle rather is exceedingly jubilant. Those of us who have followed Khan’s filmography know too well how drama, even melodrama (remember Bajrangi Bhaijaan) is his wont. But we also know he rarely fails to make an emotional connect. So, we watch the film through a film of tears. Songs, especially Lehra Do (music by Pritam), further enhance the upbeat mood. One does wish Khan and his team of writers, including Sanjay Singh Chauhan, were more candid while recounting behind the scenes of one of the greatest cricketing games ever played. There is a fleeting run in with Sunil Gavaskar (Tahir Raj Bhasin) though. But the tone is largely amiable. Besides, the script could have delved more into technicalities of playing techniques offering us greater insights. However, there is no denying the film gets its cricket, and its inflections pitch perfect. Transporting us back to the moment when Kapil Dev and his men served us a cricketing feat we can gloat over for ages to come, Kabir Khan creates a cinematic treatise. 83 is just the treat movie buffs and cricket lovers can relish and the one we were waiting to unfurl on big screens. In times when Omicron threat looms large, this ode to cricket gives us credible cause for cheer. Action & reaction After teaming up with Hrithik Roshan for the mega-hit film, War, Tiger Shroff is now all geared up to team up with Akshay Kumar. If reports are to be believed, then the two stars are coming together for an action-packed movie by director Ali Abbas Zafar. As reported by sources, Pooja Films of the Bhagnanis are keen to bring together Tiger and Akshay for its next film. A source says, “Ali Abbas Zafar has been planning a big scale two-hero film for a long time now. He has finally locked the script. — TMS
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