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'83 Story


The narrative begins in March 1983, when the cricket team of India gets selected for the World Cup, held in England in June. But no one has high hopes for the squad, and authorities are dissatisfied with the selection of Kapil Dev as the new captain over Sunil Gavaskar. 

The Indian cricket team starts the World Cup on a high note, winning their first two matches against Zimbabwe and West Indies. But losing their next 2 matches against Australia and the West Indies puts the entire team in a tricky scenario. To survive in the tournament. During the crucial match against Zimbabwe, half of the squad returned to the pavilion well before the 10-over mark, with the score at 17 runs for 5 wickets. Kapil Dev puts on a one-man show for the team by scoring a solid winning score and keeping their hopes alive in the competition. Further, the team spirit propels them to the final at Lords against the two-time world tournament winners West Indies. Due to the faith of one man, Kapil Dev, a team that was not widely seen as worthy makes history. To find out how the narrative progresses, you'll have to see the movie.

Why should you watch 83?

The movie 83 by Kabir Khan is both fascinating and moving. This movie portrays the struggles of the Indian cricket team players during a time when India was not a cricketing powerhouse as it is today. There was also a scarcity of money, and television was not yet a common sight in every Indian home.

The movie opens with the Indian team arriving in England and Wales for the 1983 World Cup. It does not cover lengthy backstories for each player, instead of focusing only on how the players handled the scenario and tension during the World Cup. Ranveer Singh, who played Kapil Dev, performed admirably. The narrative describes how a team was re-formed under the leadership of a fresh and brave captain who hailed from a regular middle-class family on the outskirts. And believed in himself and his teammates all the time. One who refused to submit to the elitist Bombay lobby or the class difference, and instead battled and fought very hard by meeting their opponent's eye to eye and showing them how to win the match and also hearts all over the world. Furthermore, Pankaj Tripathy, as always, is charming in comedic moments and causes lumps in the throat during the sorrowful scenes. 

Khan brilliantly used cinematic frames intermingled with genuine footage from the terrific game to inspire awe and enormous pride in the audience. The shift from actual to reel sequences, as well as the titles at the end of the film, deserve appreciation. If you're interested in learning more about the struggle and history around the 1983 match, and, of course, enjoy cricket, you should watch this movie. 

Trivia Alert

  • The reel West Indies team has four players whose fathers were members of the actual West Indies team.
  • Hardy Sandhu, the popular singer who made his acting debut in the film 83,' was previously a cricketer. He played First-Class cricket for Punjab and was a member of the Indian Under-19 World Cup squad in 2004, including Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik.
  • In the film, Mohinder Amarnath, the man of the match (1983), portrays his father, Lala Amarnath. Sandip Patil's son Chirag Patil also portrays his father in the film.
  • Ranveer Singh spent a fortnight at Kapil Dev's residence in Chandigarh to fully understand his role in the movie.

'83 - Where to watch?

Yay! The movie is available for streaming online and you can watch '83 movie on Hotstar, Netflix. It is not available to buy/ rent online on any platforms right now.

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