Kabir Khan’s ‘83 will have its World Premiere at the closing of Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF) in Saudi Arabia on 15th December.
Co-producer/actor Deepika Padukone (Padmaavat) and director Kabir Khan (Ek Tha Tiger) are set to attend with cricket legend and captain of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, Kapil Dev, along with Mohinder ‘Jimmy’ Amarnath (Vice-captain and man of the match – finals) and Srikkanth (opening batsman).
Speaking about the film, Khan says: “‘83 is such a monumental film that will capture the public imagination, in Jeddah and across the world. A true celebration of one of the greatest underdog stories in international sporting history, it continues to inspire generations of young people, and the incredible Hindi-language film is sure to do the same. We are thrilled to host the cast and crew, as well sporting icon Kapil Dev at the Red Sea International Film Festival for one of the most anticipated films of the year.”
‘83 tells the true story of the charismatic Kapil Dev, played by Ranveer Singh, who led the Indian cricket team to its first World Cup victory in 1983 at the hallowed Lord’s Cricket Ground in London against the West Indies, regarded at the time as invincible.
A generation of Indian children were inspired to take up the game and, more broadly, to aim high in life, as the anniversary is still celebrated, 38 years on. Kabir Khan’s Hindi epic tells this triumphant story with fastidious attention to detail – the actors trained for months with the real cricketers they were playing to understand the nuances of the sport – and a huge narrative sweep.
The movie releases officially on 24th December with Reliance Entertainment and Phantom Films roped in as producers.