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83 movie review; Ranveer Singh takes audience back in the era of 1983

As previously said, this film is more than a biopic of Kapil Dev (Ranveer Singh), but it is also about India’s first World Cup victory, which occurred in 1983. We watch a team of underdogs in the Indian Cricket Team departing for yet another world cup, which most people understand is merely a formality to keep the English sport’s tradition alive. The belief that ‘they’re not going to win’ is so strong that they’ve already purchased a return ticket for a date before the semi-finals.

In an unexpected turn of events, the team of 11 dark horses goes on to win the first two matches, putting them atop their group’s leaderboard. This incident not only sparked hope in Indian cricket fans, but also in players like Sachin Tendulkar, who went on to rewrite the country’s history in the 2011 World Cup. The rest of the movie follows India’s raucous trip to the historic moment when Kapil Dev lifts the World Cup.

Analysis of the Script

Many people are familiar with the story, but it is 83’s execution that shines in comparison to the massive emotions we as a society have for the game. Kabir Khan, Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, and Vasan Bala write a story that elicits every possible emotion from the details provided about the event that has become ingrained in people’s minds.

Khan enlists the help of his long-time cinematographer Aseem Mishra (who has shot all of Khan’s films except Kabul Express), but this one is particularly difficult for him. It’s difficult to depict the excitement of a 50-over game in only a few minutes, which is how long a match sequence would last. Using some really cool slo-mo camera views, the West Indies’ aggressive bowling is well shown.

Is it a form of emotional manipulation? It is, without a doubt. Did it bother you? Yes, in part, but not when you have the full picture. There are still sections in the film that mention rioting and passages in which the army asks Muslim residents for their score. Nitin Baid, the film’s editor, manages to reduce the running time to around 2 hours 40 minutes, which is about right for the amount of content we get to see. Yes, there are several unnecessary sequences introduced to provide comic relief, but they only add to the overall screen time.

Star performers

Given his severely constricted nature, Kapil Dev is not an easy character to get into, and he is the polar antithesis of the ideals that Ranveer Singh represents. But this also highlights another point: whatever Ranveer is off-screen, he could play any role on-screen. Ranveer Singh has a long list of characters he’s nailed (read: shot) out of the stadium.

The entire Deepika Padukone as Kapil’s wife angle is clearly intended to milk brownie points from both stars’ fan bases and serves no purpose. Pankaj Tripathi keeps doing what he does with every project he works on: improving it. Pankaj enjoys the eccentricities bestowed upon PR Man Singh as he adds another accent to his repertoire.

Ammy Virk (Balwinder Sandhu), Jiiva (Krishnamachari Srikkanth), and Jatin Sarna (Yashpal Sharma) stand out among the rest of the cast. Ammy’s naivety aids him in creating Sandhu’s natural atmosphere. Jiiva’s controlled Cheeka impersonation allows him to keep within the lines without being caricaturish. He effortlessly delivers a monologue while maintaining perfect control over his flowing expressions.

How is the Music, Direction?

In terms of “what to display differently from what’s previously known,” Kabir Khan takes a more expected, traditional approach. He doesn’t dig into Kapil Dev’s past simply because he has the opportunity, and he wisely chooses to save the sequences that would convert the auditorium into a stadium. Another clever feature he employs is the way he combines genuine film with the reel. From displaying real-life images of cricketers on the actors’ passports to allowing the audience in the film to watch the visuals of the genuine match on their television sets, this film has surpassed what we’ve seen in such films before. Pritam’s background score gives the already adrenaline-pumping graphics the extra kick they need. Lehra Do and Jeetega Bhai Jeetega do an excellent job of heightening the tension of the team’s erratic voyage.

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