Saqib Saleem on ’83’: Ranveer Singh is leading us from the front


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Ever since Kabir Khan announced about his next directorial ’83, it has been creating a lot of buzz. The film will chronicle the journey of the Indian cricket team that won the World Cup in 1983. Ranveer Singh will don the role of Indian captain Kapil Dev in this film. Recently, actor Saqib Saleem was roped in to play Mohinder Amarnath and the actor feels that the role is like a dream come true.

In a recent interview with Mumbai Mirror, Saqib said, “I captained my college cricket team in Delhi, and played the sport at the state level. However, I later realised that I wasn’t good enough for the national level so I shifted my focus to other things.”

He further said that playing the cricketer, who was Man of the Match after India’s historic 1983 World Cup win, is like life coming a full circle. “I worked with Mohinder Amarnath in ‘Dishoom’. I hadn’t imagined I’d get to play him in a film one day.”

Mohinder Amarnath, was declared the Man of the Match in the finals. Saqib had recently even shared a photo of Amarnath on Twitter and thereby professed his admiration for the cricketer.

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On being asked how the role came to him, Saqib said, “I requested Kabir to cast me. He wanted to see my cricketing skills so I had to give a screen test.” The ‘Race 3’ actor further revealed that he started training for the role eight weeks back under the guidance of former cricketer Balvinder Sandhu.

Talking about Ranveer, the handsome actor said, “Even he is attending the training session. His focus is to get Kapil Dev’s bowling action right. He is leading from the front even during training, and I can say that he is doing it well.”

The film which also stars Sunny Kaushal, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Hardy Sandhu, Ammy Virk and Pankaj Tripathi among others is slated to release on April 10 next year.

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