As Kabir Khan completes the remaining few days of his sports drama, ‘83, based on India’s World Cup victory over the West Indies, to gear up for an April 10 release this year, the anticipation is building up too. We have heard that the first teaser promo of the movie (or poster) will be out in January, and buzz is that Deepika Padukone will feature in it. The film, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Harrdy Sandhu, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Amrita Puri, Jiiva, Ammy Virk, Boman Irani, Pankaj Tripathi, Sahil Khattar and Chirag Patil, reprises the India national cricket team (and people associated with it), that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup, in September 2017. ’83 is almost complete with a few days of patchwork remaining. Deepika Padukone plays Kapil Dev’s (played by Ranveer Singh) wife Romi Bhatia. The movie is being produced by Madhu Mantena, Vishnu Vardhan Induri, Reliance Entertainment and Sajid Naidiadwala.
Says a source from the creative team, “While the team has released the first look of Ranveer as Kapil and the 1983 winning cricket team, before the ’83 cast and crew left for the London shoot, Deepika’s look as Romi Dev, is much anticipated. She is also producing the film. At the wrap party last week, she personally invited each and every guest that was invited and is taking keen interest in the movie’s journey. After seeing Ranveer’s striking resemblance to Kapil in the first look and the reaction of the other cast, representing the ’83 cricket team, people are extremely excited about Deepika’s look in the movie. The makers are undecided whether to release her look solo or with Ranveer in January 2020 but the first teaser promo of ’83 will definitely be out then as the movie releases in April. The shoot of ‘83 is over, including the shooting of Deepika and Ranveer. Only a few days of patchwork remain, which include a couple of celebrations across the country after India won the Prudential Cup.”
While Ranveer’s first look has stirred much excitement, Deepika’s has been a closely guarded secret. Apart from Ranveer, Deepika also has scenes with Madan Lal’s (played by Harrdy Sandhu) wife, Annu, as both had gone to see the India-Zimbabwe match at Tunbridge Wells. Romi was present at the ground in London and later met Kapil at the hotel after the victory. “Deepika sports a shorter hairstyle as Romi did in those years but has not done any prosthetics. Her makeup done by makeup and prosthetics artist, Cloover Wootton. Deepika’s look was kept strictly under wraps during the shoot as nobody was allowed with camera and mobiles phones on the sets. The makers plan to reveal her look in time with proper planning and January seems to be the best months. It may be a teaser promo or a first look poster.”
Deepika and Ranveer shot some emotional and dramatic moments in July when they were in London. The source says, “Kapil Dev and his wife Romi Bhatia were also there and one of the highlights of the shoot was when Romi dropped in once on the sets in London and was stunned to see the resemblance to her. When Romi saw Deepika on the sets, she said that she was looking at a mirror image of hers, 20 years ago. There is a stunning similarity. Kabir had done his research and homework before he started the movie. He and Ranveer had met Romi and Kapil at their Delhi home for around 10 days, before the London schedule so the filmmaker had the opportunity to discuss all those inputs with Deepika before they began the shoot.”
Deepika has met Romi a couple of times and even on her wedding reception. Deepika and her family have known Kapil Dev and family since years and have met socially before. But once after confirming to play the role she met Romi many times in Mumbai and Delhi (before the shoot) as part of her prep work, to connect with her and understand her perspective. Deepika also referred to the material about Kapil Dev and Romi – whatever the director’s team had gathered.
While producer Vishnu Induri confirms that they will release the first teaser promo/poster of ‘83, he is reluctant to give further details. “Yes, we are planning to release the first teaser promo of ’83 in January 2020.”