83 Movie Review: Kabir Khan, Ranveer Singh’s Perfect Winning Stunt | Movies News

83
Actors: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Saqib Saleem, Pankaj Tripathi
Director: Kabir Khan

Who doesn’t love an underdog wins unless he wins against you! Well the West Indies must feel like that in the 1983 Cricket World Cup final.

38 years ago India wasn’t even a patch in its current squad. It was a group of talented players who wouldn’t even have seen Rs 25,000 at one place. There was a player whose fiancée would cancel the engagement because he lived in a small house, or a team manager who had to cancel tickets because the team played beyond the league stadium.

Kabir Khan has a remarkable documentary style in 1983 as he continues to serve us real photographs and weaves a narrative around them. There is a story behind team manager Man Singh (Pankaj Tripathi in sublime form) hiding behind Kirti Azad in a field photo. Likewise, a journalist goes back on his predictions and eats his words, literally.

These aren’t just clips of a young captain’s mind-numbing victory against all odds, but documentation of building a winning team from absolutely nothing.

If you’ve seen the great documentary called “Fire In Babylon” you know how difficult it can be to stand up against people who want to see you “rise up”. The West Indies did it in 1975 and now India had to do it against them. No easy task against a well-oiled machine led by Clive Lloyd, and then there was the swashbuckling Vivian Richards, one of the greatest if not the greatest.

Apart from a few crowd scenes where some supporters laugh at others, it is very respectful treatment of opponents. Richards’ musical theme is a killer that hits all the right notes.

The emphasis is on cricket in all its glory where you play to enjoy, not to impress, but to gain respect.

The theme may seem simple to you: a game unites people, but trust me; it is not an easy task to translate it to the screen while maintaining the adrenaline rush.

Our Independence was only 36 years old and only something of this magnitude could have given the country hope for a better future which at that time was marred by license rajs and systematic failures.

Ganguly and Dhoni have taken Indian cricket to unprecedented heights, but it was the Kapil Dev team that made us believe in us. A team where a Tamil opener learned to adapt, a milk-drinking Haryana boy encouraged patience, and a Punjabi played for the pride of his legendary father. It was more than just a tournament. It was a chance for South Asians in Great Britain to get by in a hostile country. Kapil Dev (a very reliable Ranveer Singh) fought for all, with a calm head and strong shoulders. It was a first and the Indian team might not have had another chance anytime soon. But like them, the rest is history.

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Deepika Padukone, playing Romi Dev, received too much attention until she started to look like a deviation from Sandhu. Far too many close-ups also distract attention like a failed hook from Srikanth. In short, treating a star like a star is not always a good idea. However, for the sake of the nation, pun intended, and in memory of a great victory, I choose to ignore these little distractions.

Ranveer Singh didn’t exaggerate and it served ’83 very well. Saqib Saleem, Jiiva, jatin Sarna and Tripathi amply supported him.

Julius Packiam’s breathtaking background music and Aseem Mishra’s 360-degree camera added finesse to the project.

It’s definitely a victory for Kabir Khan, a full-scale film and an even more grandiose presentation. A really very enjoyable sports film.

Rating: 4/5

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