Kabir Khan: Ranveer Singh broke down after lifting the real World Cup trophy for '83

Updated: Oct 12, 2019, 12:52 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Ranveer Singh is known to breathe and live his film's character. The actor has done the same for Kabir Khan's '83.

Ranveer Singh as former Indian Cricket Captain, Kapil Dev for the film, '83. Picture Courtesy: Instagram/ranveersingh
Ranveer Singh as former Indian Cricket Captain, Kapil Dev for the film, '83. Picture Courtesy: Instagram/ranveersingh

Ranveer Singh is known to get into the skin of his character until the film releases. There are also withdrawal symptoms that the actor has to deal with. The actor confessed about it after the release of Padmaavat. He admitted how the Alauddin Khilji's character had a negative impact on him personally. 

Ranveer Singh will next be seen in Kabir Khan's film '83. The actor has left no stone unturned to get the nuances of the former Indian cricket captain, Kapil Dev right. In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, the film's director Kabir Khan spoke about Ranveer. He said that the Lootera actor cried after lifting the real World Cup.

Narrating his experience of recreating the epic win for the 70 mm, Kabir told the publication, "We shot for five days at the Lord's stadium in London, entering the members-only Long Room where no camera had ventured before, the dressing rooms and locker rooms, then, stepped out on the balcony where the World Cup was presented to Kapil sir. And guess what? They brought out the real World Cup for Ranveer (Singh, who is playing Kapil Dev in the film) too. Overwhelmed, he broke down when I shouted 'Cut'."

He further added, "Among those on the balcony was also Clive Lloyd's son who, like Gordan Greenidge and Malcolm Marshall's sons, is playing his father in the film. We had legends like Kapil Dev, Gavaskar to Vivian Richards dropping by. That day, Clive Lloyd, captain of the '83 West Indian team which had crashed to 140 all out to give Kapil us an unlikely win, was there to support his son. When we urged him to come closer, he quipped that he didn't want to see the Cup being given away for the second time in his life."

Kabir Khan also revealed the reason why he cast nobody but Ranveer Singh for '83. "Look, for me, it was never a lookalike contest. For every character, I cast a person who matched the persona of the original. In the last few films, Ranveer has lived his roles. It's a rare gift he has, along with the effort he puts in. Even in our film, after 10 minutes you'll forget it's Ranveer on screen. With visual effects and prosthetics, I could have made him a replica of Kapil sir. But at the end of the day, it wasn't about the look but whether he was convincing playing a cricketer through 45 days. At times, even Kapil sir's daughter Amiya who is an AD on the film, would find it eerie. Even the rest of the boys trained in the sport for a year and for the squads of other countries, we roped in real cricketers because the game was top priority."

The elaborate cast of '83 recently wrapped up its filming and partied until the wee hours. The film is slated to release on April 10, 2020.

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