Kapil, Gavaskar to feature in a film on 1983 World Cup win?

Mumbai: A movie on India’s victory in the 1983 Cricket World Cup may be incomplete without at least one of the members who made the win a reality — but filmmaker Sanjay Puran Singh says it’s too early to comment on whether Kapil Dev or Sunil Gavaskar will be part of it.

Kapil, Gavaskar to feature in a film on 1983 World Cup win?

“I am thrilled to direct this film on the 1983 Cricket World Cup. I wonder why nobody has still touched this space before. We are still working on the script and it will go on floors by the end of this year,” Singh of “Lahore” fame, said.

“The two prominent faces in this film will be inspired by Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar. As far as Kapil and Sunil coming on board is concerned, it’s too early to talk about it. This is not the right time to talk about it,” he added.
However, a source close to the film said: “Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar are on board. They are likely to do a guest appearance in the film.”

The film is tentatively titled “1983”, and it will go on floors by this year-end.When asked who will be seen playing the then captain Kapil Dev in the film, Singh said:  “I don’t write the script keeping characters in mind, but my concern is that the actor who will come on board should resemble Kapil Dev.”India won the 1983 Cricket World Cup against the West Indies.

The movie will be produced by the founder-president of Celebrity Cricket League, Vishnu Vardhan Induri. The film will portray the story of Indian cricket team back in 1983 and how it became pride of the nation by bringing the World Cup home after defeating the formidable West Indies, sources said. The film’s script has been finalised and pre-production work has already begun.

They plan to recreate the 1983 moments. The film will be a big project and the makers are leaving no stone unturned to do justice to the story, according to sources. “The film will be shot in those very stadiums where the 1983 World Cup matches were played. The final will be shot at Lord’s cricket ground in London. It would be interesting to see on the big screen how Kapil Dev and his men, including Mohinder Amarnath, Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Balwinder Singh Sandhu, managed to win the tournament,” sources said. The filmmaker now plans to meet the cricketers who were part of the winning squad to add to accuracy of the film.AGENCIES

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