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Randeep Hooda, and not Ranveer Singh, was the first choice to play Kapil Dev in ’83’

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Randeep Hooda was the first choice to play Kapil Dev, before Ranveer Singh. Now, isn’t this a shocking revelation? Not only this, the ‘Highway‘ actor had also done a look test also for the film, and pictures of the same have gone viral on social media. Randeep, being a class actor, would have surely done more justice to the character of Kapil Dev in the film, ’83. However, as we all know, when star power matters, not many can beat Ranveer Singh.

At that time, the film was to be directed by Sanjay Pooran Singh. This was formally announced and the look test was done too. But due to some circumstances, the project went into the hands of Kabir Khan and it was then that Ranveer bagged the role. Check out the images of Randeep as Kapil Dev right here:

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Doesn’t he look like a spitting image of Kapil Dev? Well, we know that Hooda’s face has been superimposed digitally on Kapil Dev’s iconic World Cup picture from Lord’s, England. But, he looks a lot more like Kapil Dev than Ranveer. However, the final look of Ranveer hasn’t yet been made public. From what we can see of him in the training videos, he looks far away from what Kapil Dev looks like.


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Feel sad for Randeep, as he has been part of big projects and then the projects either get shelved or moved over to another director. Apart from this Kapil Dev film which went away from him, Randeep was also going to be the first one to make a movie on the ‘Battle Of Saragarhi’ before Akshay Kumar. The film got shelved after shoot and that’s how Akshay’s ‘Kesari’ became the first film on that war. It went on to cross the Rs 150 cr mark at the box office.

Coming to talk of Ranveer, after giving a spectacular performance in ‘Padmaavat’, ‘Simmba’ and ‘Gully Boy’, Ranveer is gearing up for his first biopic called ’83’. The actor is playing the role of Kapil Dev in the film. The film revolves around the Cricket World Cup which was held that year and was a historical victory for India.

Randeep will be seen next in the tentatively titled ‘Love Aaj Kal 2’, starring Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan. The romantic film is slated to hit theatres on February 14, 2020.

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