Filmmaker Kabir Khan attended opening ceremony of the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival on Thursday in Mumbai. While interacting with media, Khan stated that he is looking for actors who can do justice to the roles of cricketing icons who contributed to India’s 1983 world cup win.
Kabir Khan is all set to make showcase Indian cricket team journey who brought first cricket world cup in India in 1983 in which Ranveer Singh has been signed to play role of Former Indian Skipper Kapil Dev, so when asked Khan about casting of other players apart from Kapil Dev, Khan said, “I haven’t finalized other cast for the film apart from Ranveer as Kapil Dev. Now an audition for the film is in process. It’s a huge casting process because we not only have to cast Indian squad but we have to cast Viv Richards (West Indies), Clive Llyod (West Indies) and Imran Khan (Pakistan), so we have huge task of casting in front of us”.
When asked if there will be known faces who will play role these cricketing icons, Khan said, “We don’t know. We are going for actors. We are going for people who can do justice to the roles of these cricketing icons. When you are showcasing real or historical characters then, their looks also becomes equally important and most importantly, they have to embody spirit of the characters that they are playing”.
Since this film is based cricket so when asked Khan if this film is only catering to male audience, Kabir said, “No. I don’t think that way. It’s a story of triumph of human spirit. It will be accessible to everybody. I don’t think any good sport film is just about a sport. It more about spirit of the sport”
When asked if there will any female lead in the film, Kabir said, “Needless to say, it’s not women’s world cup, it’s a male’s world cup but off course, there will be better half’s of cricketers and there are some brilliant stories about Kapil Dev’s wife, Sunil Gavaskar’s wife and Madan Lal’s wife, so there will be nice and interesting human stories behind the game that you are going to see”
The film will be shot at real locations and will go on floors early next year.
Kabir Khan directed ‘1983’ is backed by Vishnu Vardhan Induri of Vibri Media and founder of CCL, along with Phantom Films.