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'83 is my next film after New York to be shot for 100 days abroad, says Kabir Khan

The filmmaker feels that recreating India's triumph at the 1983 World Cup is challenging, but a lot of fun as well.

Photo: Ranveer Singh Twitter

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Director Kabir Khan is currently shooting his upcoming film '83 (2020) in Scotland with lead actor Ranveer Singh and a large ensemble cast including Pankaj Tripathi and Ammy Virk. The film is based on India’s triumph at the cricket World Cup in 1983 where Ranveer will be seen playing the role of the then captain and all-rounder Kapil Dev. 

During a telephonic chat with us, Khan spoke about his experience of shooting the film. When asked how challenging it is to recreate India’s performance at the 1983 World Cup, he said, “It is challenging but it is a lot of fun. Bohat maza aa raha hai [We are having a lot of fun]. This is one of those journeys that one is really looking forward to.”

It is the story of the underdogs that got Khan interesting in making the film. “It’s such a fabulous story. I don’t think I have heard a story as well written as this one. It’s a true story, but a fabulous story,” he said. 

The team of '83 during a practice session in Dharamsala earlier this year.

The shoot of '83 brought back memories of the shoot of New York (2009) for the filmmaker. The film, which starred John Abraham, Katrina Kaif, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Irrfan Khan, was shot in the US for 100 days. “It was one of the longest single schedules internationally for any Hindi film. Now '83 is going to be the next 100 days schedule [that] I am doing out of India,” he said. 

'83, co-produced by Madhu Mantena, Reliance Entertainment and Sajid Nadiadwala, is due to be released on 10 April 2020.