Biopic on India’s historic 1983 World Cup win soon to hit the screen

Sankha Ghosh / 12 July 2016
Biopic on India’s historic 1983 World Cup win soon to hit the screen

Vishnu Induri, the founder of Celebrity Cricket League and SIIMA, is gearing up for his debut as a film producer with a Hindi movie set in the backdrop of team India’s historic 1983 Cricket World Cup win under the captaincy of Kapil Dev.

To aid the process of making the film as quickly as possible, Vishnu has already signed contracts with the winning team members on Sunday evening. This deal gives the producer full access to use all the names of the cricketers who played the legendary World Cup final, in his film.

“Kapil Dev and the other team members are really excited about this film and they appreciated the efforts. They told me that it’s a great honour for a movie to be made on them,” said Vishnu, adding that the champions were happy that this film would also bring back some of their sweetest memories.

Phantom Films, who have come up with recent hits like Queen and Udta Punjab is co-producing this film. The shooting is scheduled to start next year as the makers are now in search of the right technicians.

“One of the top directors will be directing this film,” said Vishnu, without revealing the name.

According to a source, Arjun Kapoor or Ranveer Singh is most likely to play Kapil Dev in this biopic.

Kapil Dev opened a bottle of bubbly as his team members cheered on, and it was encore for India’s 1983 World Cup-winning team. What happened next is the stuff Bollywood fiction is made of.

After the Azhar, Dhoni and the Sachin biopics and docu-drama, this is the next reel life biggie to take cricket into every home.

A quick recap… On June 25, 1983, the Indian team in their first final of the World Cup, faced the defending champions West Indies, who were expected to complete a hat-trick. The Lord’s Cricket Ground was bathed in sunshine and packed with 24,609 spectators as Clive Lloyd, after winning the toss, invited Kapil Dev and his boys to bat.

Sunil Gavaskar was out in the third over for two, Roger Binny also went for two and Kirti Azad for a duck. Only Mohinder Amarnath’s dogged 26 from 80 balls and Kris Srikkanth’s fighting 38 from 57 offered some resistance in the top order to the dreaded attack of Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner, Michael Holding and Larry Gomes.

The tail wagged a bit with Madan Lal chipping in with 17, Syed Kirmani with 14 and Balwinder Sandhu remaining not out with 11 but India were bowled out for only 183 in 54.4 overs.

Everyone thought the match was over till Amarnath and Madan Lal exploited the weather and pitch conditions, taking three wickets each to demolish the world’s best batting line-up.

The Windies were 76 for six. Jeff Dujon (25) and Malcolm Marshall (18) took their team to 119 before ‘Man of the Match’ Amarnath dismissed both and the underdogs had ripped apart the favourites for 140 in 52 overs to notch up a 43-run upset win.

The Windies were 76 for six. Jeff Dujon (25) and Malcolm Marshall (18) took their team to 119 before ‘Man of the Match’ Amarnath dismissed both and the underdogs had ripped apart the favourites for 140 in 52 overs to notch up a 43-run upset win.

One of the most memorable moments from the match was the sight of Kapil Dev running 18-20 yards to take a catch and dismiss Sir Vivian Richards for 33 from a mistimed hook.