Revue ’83’: perfect watch in the middle of Christmas festivities
Release date: 12/24/2021
To throw: Ranveer Singh, Pankaj Tripathi, Jiiva, Jatin Sarna, Ammy Virk, Deepika Padukone, Tahir Raj Bhasin
Director: Kabir khan
that of Kabir Khan 83 lasts over 2 hours and 30 minutes and yet it does not spend more than a few fleeting seconds on anything other than cricket and the drama that surrounds it. The film begins with India’s first warm-up matches against English county teams and ends with the iconic World Cup final against the West Indies.
Along with the key matches the country has played in the tournament, we see some important moments that serve as a catalyst to contribute to the drama and move the film’s narrative forward. There are a few moments involving the family members of the players, the fun and antics between them, and also some personal tragedy from their respective lives, but all of this has been used effectively to help make the matches and some aspects specific. extraordinary and emotionally rewarding matches.
We all know the history of the 1983 World Cup. It is one of the most inspiring and awe-inspiring outsider stories of all time in the history of the game. The problem with telling such a well-known story is to keep it interesting, dramatic and exciting. The execution of the film was tasked with ensuring that such an inspiring story was told well and that it was told in a way that not only conveyed the drama of the story, but also, in elevated form, moments of patriotism, sacrifice, leadership and an insatiable desire to accomplish what has never been achieved before.
This is exactly what Kabir Khan manages to do. I wouldn’t hesitate to say that there were times in the movie where the energy of the actors was diminishing and there were also times when I felt like the director was repeating himself and using the same tropes to extract excitement and thrill. But there were also moments that caught the Indian cricket fanatic in me and reminded me of some of the most iconic 1983 World Cup shots that Indian millennials like me grew up watching on TV. These moments are not only faithfully recreated, but have been infused with enough energy and finesse not to feel fake and choreographed.
The cricket matches in the film are recreated with great attention to detail. Whether it’s the players’ uniforms, the type of gear they wear, or the way each player is depicted playing. The director has obviously done his homework. Additionally, the fact that the producers of the film signed a memorandum of understanding with the entire 1983 Indian cricket team ensured that every player was involved in the creative process and that the production team was allowed to use any real names and incidents of their lives ensured that there was a sense of realism and authenticity in everything that was on screen.
It’s not just Indian actors who look like real actors. The West Indians are chosen with care, and they look like some of the greatest, ensuring that the players are not a caricature but replicas of the real ones. This made the showdown between the two teams even more exciting and believable. Cricket matches are shot in a way that reminds us of how cricket was broadcast in those days. The camera was attached to one end and when the drummers turned their backs to that end, the angle was from behind it. This was in stark contrast to modern times where we have multiple cameras covering all angles. Each of the actors has clearly mastered the bowling and fighting styles of their respective characters and they use that as a way to further immerse audiences in the drama that is unfolding.
My only complaint with the way the matches were recreated was with the editing of this one. They should have avoided cutting the footage so extensively. This spoiled the physicality of many moments and liquidated the tension that would have been infused if Kabir Khan had left to edit it, just as a live match is edited in its highlights only using editing to itself. focus on the interpersonal drama every now and then.
Kabir Khan had a mammoth task to piece together a story from an ocean of moments and pieces of history that were to be the 1983 World Cup tour and all that surrounds it. It’s safe to say that he’s managed to tell a cohesive, focused, and compelling story that feels real and inspiring when it needs to be. I was also impressed with the way he imagined and recreated the period. Special mention must be made to the production design team as they did a phenomenal job recreating the look of England from 1983 with clinical precision while still being able to keep it very natural and palpable.
83 is a performance-driven film and it boasts of a leading man who gave it his all. Ranveer Singh has practically transformed into Kapil Dev and the hard work shows in every picture he is in. His dialogue delivery may sound strange to many ears and that’s because we know how Ranveer sounds. But if we forget that for a second and mistake him for Kapil Dev, identity theft seems relevant. His performance elevates many sequences that could have been ordinary without his effective interpretation. He not only nails the physical aspects of the character but manages to bring out the mental state of the man who knows what is at stake for him and his team. He knows everyone wrote them off before they even started and that’s why it’s so important for him to prove them wrong. Ranveer plays wonderfully with the other actors and it helps his cause even more.
Jiiva as the flamboyant and swift Krishnamachari Srikkanth is the next most remarkable. He’s not only likable, but also leaves a huge impact with his subtle comedy and a streak where he stands up for Kapil Dev when Kapil is pushed into a corner by a foreign sports reporter. Ammy Virk plays Balwinder Sandhu, and he’s the exact opposite of Jiiva. He is a humble and naive boy who does not understand English well. This aspect turns out to be a contributing factor to a lot of comedy in the film. Jatin Sarna as Yashpal Sharma is wonderful. Sadly, Deepika Padukone has an appearance in the movie at best. Plus, her wig is atrocious. But then again, this is not the film where we will see Deepika in her elements.
A movie like 83 needed an inspiring soundtrack to wake audiences up to moments of glory and victory. Julius Packiam’s score is able to infuse inspiration and a heightened sense of patriotism into moments of glory and heroism. Pritam scores big with the track “Lehra do” sung by Arijit Singh. I heard this song on repeat on my way back from the theater. The moment this track is played in the film not only bodes well for it, but also instilled a sense of wish fulfillment and glory, elevating said moment to a much higher level.
83 is a well-done and well-intentioned recreation of the 1983 World Cup India tour. It is reinforced by a formidable performance by Ranveer Singh. Kabir Khan’s staging is fair and leaves no room for complaints. The film is sure to bring back memories of amazing glory that will leave most viewers with the best possible taste in their mouths once the screening is over. It could be the perfect watch in the midst of Christmas festivities.
Rating: 3.5 / 5 (3.5 out of 5 stars)
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