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83 is a moving reminder of a time when pride in a national team’s achievement united India and national pride had yet to be militarized by the mob.

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Head and heart are in a tussle as I write this review.

The heart only wants to remember that watching director-producer Kabir Khan 83 is an emotional and uplifting experience.

The head reminds me of the “uff, should this be included? “facepalm moments that are found scattered throughout the film.

Everyone will have their say here, but I can already tell you that the heart has won, because more than anything,

83 is a moving reminder of a time when pride in a national team’s achievement united India and national pride had yet to be militarized by the mob.

83 is the story of the Indian cricket team winning the 1983 World Cup in England. Back then India was not the cricket superpower it is today, money was running out, national level players did not automatically become millionaires, and television was not yet a staple in the world. all Indian homes.

In this scenario, Captain Kapil Dev and his gang of cricketers traveled to the country that once colonized India. They were initially trashed by the press but ripped admiration from the jaws of disdain with victory after victory against accomplished opponents, ultimately knocking out the English team from the tournament before defeating the game’s giants – the West Indies led by the great Clive Lloyd – In the finale.

The Devils of Kapil, as they are still called, opened up a world of possibilities for Indians. Khan’s film captures the country’s sporting establishment cynicism about India’s chances that year, the condescension they faced in England, Kapil’s charisma, jokes and tensions. occasional between teammates, even a fragment of their problematic behavior towards each other and most importantly, involved strategizing, heartbreaks and emotions from the games they played this unforgettable summer.

The success of the film lies in the fact that although much of what it tells is widely known and we all Knowing the ending, Khan is able to keep the suspense going until the very last bullet.

In one of the first scenes of 83, when PR team manager Mansingh is insulted by an official in England, he makes a remark about how India gained independence decades ago, but has yet to gain respect. The sentiment expressed is beyond reproach and the actor embodying Mansingh (Pankaj Tripathi) is restrained, but the choice of words for a one-on-one conversation rather than, say, a speech, makes it an ominous moment for a viewer who doesn’t is not keen on formulas: it will be the same 83 be filled with the exhilaration that has so often populated the patriotic Bollywood cuisine?

Keep the Faith – the filmmaker who gave us Bajrangi Bhaijaan is not the type to reduce the Cricket World Cup to one Kesari Where Gadar. 83 isn’t free from clichés, but Khan doesn’t allow him to become wordy, deafening, or a vehicle of hate propaganda – on or off the cricket ground.

Obviously, a detailed profile of every player is not possible in the film but, remarkably enough, the director and the writers (Khan himself, Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan and Vasan Bala, with dialogue credited to Khan and Sumit Arora) give space and a distinct identity to Kapil Dev (Ranveer Singh), Krishnamachari Srikkanth (Jiiva), Mohinder Amarnath (Saqib Saleem), Yashpal Sharma (Jatin Sarna), Madan Lal (Harrdy Sandhu), Roger Binny (Nishant Dahiya) , Balwinder Sandhu (Ammy Virk), Sunil Gavaskar (Tahir Raj Bhasin) and to some extent, Syed Kirmani (Sahil Khattar). I followed this World Cup closely as a child, but I will let the professionals of that time comment on the accuracy and fairness of the characterizations.

Even several supporting characters who weren’t on the team are portrayed with clarity, which is why the fine handwriting of Sandeep Patil, Ravi Shastri, and Dilip Vengsarkar is noticeable. That said, the only one that seems completely redundant throughout the film is Sunil Valson (R Badree) – the story of the squad member who couldn’t play a single game in this historic competition is worth exploring, but the script struggles with it.

The narrative oscillates smoothly between England and India, the personal and professional lives of the players, the matches and the moments of leisure, with a sustained pace which owes a lot to the hand of the publisher Nitin Baid. What prevents it from being entirely uniform is the volume of the songs – Pritam’s compositions for 83 are in motion, but played at an unnecessarily high volume.

There are other superfluous elements in 83. The reference to Sachin Tendulkar, for example, plays gallery and looks a bit silly. And at least one joke extends far beyond the punchline.

83 works nonetheless because it is a celebration, it understands the difference between adversaries and enemies, and because of its distribution. Each not only looks like a real player on the sports field, but they imbue their respective characters with a particularly remarkable credibility as the scenes performed are interspersed with real matches, but the difference between real cricketers and the actors who play them. play is not shocking.

Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev enjoys surprisingly good makeup, but that’s not why he disappears in his role – he seems to have actually experienced the role of the beloved legend. When Kapil faces sarcastic comments and disappointed Indian fans in England, you can almost feel his anger and / or pain radiating off the screen.

Ranveer Singh in 83

The rest of the cast are equally impressive. Tamil star Jiiva, who makes her Hindi debut here, is an absolute darling as the effervescent Srikkanth. It’s a measured act that allows the character to be hilarious without being ridiculous and (bless him!) A far cry from the “Madrasi” stereotype once so dear to Bollywood.

Writing the dialogues with an easy mix of Hindi and English plays an important role in ensuring that Kapil and Srikkanth are never caricatured in the film.

Nishant Dahiya is excellent as one of the best written players in 83 – Roger Binny, the tournament’s biggest wicket-taker and (minor spoiler ahead) as an Anglo-Indian Christian, the player whose presence is used to gently remind viewers that what members of dominant communities might consider occasional ribs and good-humored teasing can often be hurtful, especially when it stems from unconscious stereotypes and prejudices. (Spoiler alert ends)

Kabir Khan knows how to make political statements without lecturing. The jubilation in this film is contagious, the patriotism poignant because it contrasts so much with the current real-world public discourse about love for the country. 83, then, reflects the exit of the Indian team in the 1983 World Cup – despite its flaws, a winning performance.

Note: *** 1/2

83 will be in theaters across India on December 24.

Anna MM Vetticad is an award-winning journalist and author of The Adventures of an Intrepid Film Critic. She specializes in the intersection of cinema with feminism and other socio-political concerns. Twitter: @annavetticad, Instagram: @annammvetticad, Facebook: AnnaMMVetticadOfficial


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