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Challenge with '83' is to stay true to the historic event: Kabir Khan

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Kabir Khan has started preparation for his ambitious film '83' about the Indian cricket team's first World Cup win and the filmmaker says the challenge for him is to stay true to the real story and yet make it engaging.

The film chronicles India's 1983 Cricket World Cup win under Kapil Dev's captaincy, when the team defeated the West Indies in the final to clinch their first-ever World Cup trophy.

“The most challenging thing about '83' is how to stay true to an iconic event that everybody over 40 has seen and remembers, everybody who is a cricket buff knows about it. How to capture the feel and stay true to exactly what happened in the World Cup and yet tell the story engagingly,” Kabir told PTI.

The 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' director said he has to cater to two audiences – one who know about the historic event and the other, who are not aware of how it all played out. “There are two audiences who are watching. One audience remembers it, who saw it. They can tell you where there were when India won the World Cup. The other is the huge audience, the youth who only know about the win but don't know how it happened. How we were the most underrated team in the world, we were classic underdogs and people said why were we even invited. It's an exciting story to tell the country,” he said.

The director said it's sad that there was very less material on 1983 World Cup and he had to visit the iconic Lord's stadium in London to gather information. “It's probably the best story I've heard in my life. But there's a dearth of writing about it. I had to go through the Lord's library and search all the books to finally get all the material together. There's such less material written on it despite the fact that it was such an iconic moment in the history of our country.”

Kabir was speaking on the sidelines of the 'Word To Screen Market' – an initiative by Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star.

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