EXCLUSIVE I always saw Kapil Dev in Ranveer Singh: 83 director Kabir Khan


And he has not changed. With Ranveer Singh also, we would have never thought of him as Kapil Dev. How did you think of Ranveer? I knew that if among the younger stars, I had to choose someone to play Kapil, it was Ranveer because he has that robustness, the physicality, the energy, which if properly channelised will reflect the energy that a 24-year-old Kapil had. I always saw Kapil in him. We are not here to party, we are here to win,’ and how he led from the front. It’s a mammoth project. Every performer, at the end of the day, just gets into the skin of the character and portray it, close to what it should be. Q. Q. We know bits and pieces of it. Bajrangi Bhaijaan had Salman Khan do something that audiences had never seen him do before. Also, politics is an essential element in your every film. I see the same hunger in Ranveer. The captain was 24. Like I said that day on the stage, that if I release the video of these people speaking, it will be a superhit. I realise that it’s an untold story, despite the fact a lot has been spoken about it. Did it occur to you that Ranveer will have to work really hard to perfect that? For me, it’s very important to enjoy the process of making films. It’s about the spirit of the people involved. Related News
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© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd So, we need to do our homework. True, he is a big star today but his boyish charm is still intact. That energy of his has not changed, which is a beautiful thing. I often say that a sports film is never about the sports. That’s why he is a performer. Kabir: There will always be politics in my films. Q. What was happening behind the scenes? You have a knack of taking a star and giving him something that nobody would expect him to do. I never take the pressure of ‘Oh my God! And 83 got me excited like no other film. Even on stage (at the film’s launch), we could see that their energies were poles apart, the way they stand and talk. Everyone said that he was the only who believed (in the team’s victory) and kept saying, ‘No. Kabir: So for me, I never look at stars as stars. We really don’t know the story. In a conversation with indianexpress.com, Kabir shares what gets him excited about 83, a story of which is already in public domain, and why he believes actor Ranveer Singh is the perfect choice to do a Kapil Dev. It’s (83) something, which has politics. The film’s debacle was critical for Kabir, not just from the perspective of it being a superstar-led vehicle (Salman Khan, who seldom fails at the box-office), but also because it was second in the row for the filmmaker, following the dismal performance of his 2015 thriller Phantom. This is such a big responsibility.’ I am excited about the process of filmmaking. Q. As everybody noticed that day, there was something special happening there on stage. We need to get everything correct, in terms of the portrayals, the depictions, the casting, the locations…
Q. It was a bunch of underdogs, completely written-off by everybody to maybe not even proceed to round two, and this bunch grew and went on to do what it did. For me, it is a goldmine of material. There was this bunch of boys, it was a really young team, most of them were in their early 20s. As I was listening to them, I was getting happier. He will do on screen, what is required of him to become Kapil Dev. Are you feeling the pressure? I look at them individually and what’s it in them that I can use to fit one of my characters. 2017-10-29T14:28:29+00:00″>
Published:October 29, 2017 2:28 pm

Kabir Khan believes Ranveer Singh is the perfect choice to play Kapil Dev. Ranveer Singh, the individual, is different from Ranveer Singh, who will be on screen as Kapil Dev. Kabir: No. It’s a story of coming of age of a nation. Kabir: It’s (in) early days because we are months away from the shoot but it’s a project that needs that kind of prep. I know him since the time when he used to roam around with an album of his own pictures to show it to anybody who cared to see it! You are one of the directors, who pick something that’s larger-than-life and find a human story in it. We are dealing with a well-documented historic event, we are dealing with people, who are living legends and icons, and we are portraying all this on screen. Ranveer is an actor. Kabir: But I don’t see it like that. But will it be absent from 83 (which primarily is a sports story)? The same Ranveer, who is jumping all over the place, has also given us a Bajirao Mastani portrayal, which was quite controlled and restrained. Like I said, it’s not about the sport, it’s actually not just coming of age of the team, it’s coming of age of the country. But in September, only two months after Tubelight’s release, Kabir, evidently unfazed by the recent career lows, announced his collaboration with Phantom Films on the biopic of the 1983 Indian cricket team that brought home the first ever World Cup trophy, a film that by the virtue of its subject itself sounds like the director’s most-ambitious project yet. So, no (there’s no pressure). There was something very special about the journey that they went through. What was happening with the diaspora, the South-Asian diaspora in London, for the first time, started feeling proud, that ‘Hey, we are world champions.’
There were incidents that we will be showing in our film that have nothing to do with the stadium, things that were happening outside, things that were happening in India and how that everything was being directly affected by what was happening in the stadium. Kabir: You are absolutely right about that. A part of me just wants to know this beautiful story I have ever heard. In this case, it’s unbelievable. Entertaining material attracts a filmmaker to a story. I have known Ranveer before he became an actor. At the launch of the film, (where the 1983 team was honoured by the movie’s core team), hearing the cricketers narrate anecdotes, in their respective signature styles, it felt that making this movie is going to be a challenge for you. Q. Now, of course, I probably know much more than what the rest of the world knows now. I think Ranveer has that ability.