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83 | Bollywood Movie Full and Honest Review | Ranbeer Singh


83 Bollywood Movie Full and Honest Review
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Quick Glance


Director: Kabir Khan


Writers: Sumit Arora(dialogue) Vasan Bala(screenplay) Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan(screenplay)


Stars: Ranveer Singh Deepika Padukone Tahir Raj Bhasin


IMBD Rating: 6.9/10


Popularity: 3,425


Gener: Biography Drama History




StoryLine & Movie Review


It's a bit like an unlimited number of monkeys typing Hamlet on an infinite number of typewriters. This is how Matthew Engel of the Guardian portrayed India's historic World Cup victory in 1983. In a piece for The Nightwatchman in 2019, author Siddhartha Vaidyanathan mentioned Engel. 


The rest of Engel's comment was also quoted by Siddhartha. 'There was an unlimited number of us, typewriter-types, feeling like monkeys on Saturday,' Engel wrote. They were giddy as monkeys since this victory was not just unexpected. It was unthinkable. 


Despite this, Kapil Dev and his dream 11 were successful. 83 is a replica of the events that occurred between March 1st and June 25th, when the finals were held at London's Lord's stadium. Director Kabir Khan and writers Sumit Arora, Vasan Bala, and Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan take us on a journey through the highs and lows of this amazing underdog narrative. 


Character development, subplots, team politics, and personal angst are all absent. The story is solely about cricket, including essential highlights from major matches and times in between. On the field, these soldiers weren't simply up against Herculean odds. 


They couldn't even afford to do their laundry due to a lack of funds. They lived on a daily stipend of 15 pounds and cleaned their filthy clothing in the bathtub of their hotel room. Those who were vegetarians ate achaar and bread. Meanwhile, the team's lone support system, Man Singh, juggled return tickets that had been bought for a date before the semi-finals because no one expected them to make it near to the finish line. 83 is a brazen manipulator. 



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The script uses lengthy reaction shots of fans and relatives to slam every button with the force of a sledgehammer. Cricket is viewed as a panacea; the sport brings love, social harmony, national pride, and a sense of identity to a country still trying to establish itself on the international scene. 


The concepts and execution are straightforward. But here's the thing: it's completely functional. Something happens when a small child picks up the Indian flag and waves it energetically. 


You cheer as if you didn't previously know what had transpired when Kapil saves the day with a spectacular 175-run knock against the Zimbabwe team. When Kapil tells the sneering British media, 'We come here to win,' you instantly feel proud. 


'Can I make India feel the same after 39 years?' Kabir Khan said in an interview. He and his A-list crew - editor Nitin Baid, DOP Aseem Mishra, composer Pritam, and Julius Packiam's background music - truly do. Throughout the film, I wept cheerfully and copiously. Much of the credit must go to Ranveer Singh, the man in the middle. 


The actor has the ability to change his appearance. He takes on the persona of Kapil Dev. He's not trying to be like someone else. He's taken up residence. Kabir skilfully intersperses the film with photos of the original cast members, with a few of them making cameo appearances. These instances confirm that what we're seeing is correct. 


This breaking of the fourth wall, on the other hand, does not come across as choppy. It's a smooth transition from Kapil Dev to Ranveer Singh and vice versa. Ranveer Singh gives an outstanding performance. Deepika Padukone's casting as Kapil Dev's wife Romi is also brilliant because there is already a shared familiarity and history when the actress steps into the frame. 


It isn't necessary for the film to establish it. What's more, the picture does not prostrate itself in front of its two stars. The other characters aren't ignored. Ammy Virk as Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Saqib Saleem as Mohinder Amarnath, Jatin Sarna as Yashpal Sharma, Tahir Raj Bhasin as Sunil Gavaskar, and Jiiva as Krishnamachari Srikkanth all had their moments to shine. 



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There's also Pankaj Tripathi, who plays Man Singh, who is often tormented. Sandeep Patil's son, actor Chirag Patil, plays his father, and he has a quiet intensity about him, which feels like nepotism done perfectly to me. 83 is also effective since it is drenched in nostalgia. 


Those large landline phones and long-distance calls that always ended with people on both ends screaming 'hello, hello' when the connection was dropped; a quick glimpse of a Salma Sultan look-alike on Doordarshan; the massive hairdos. 




Bottomline


This picture harkens back to a softer, simpler era and encourages us to take bigger risks and give it our all. These men motivate us to take tremendous risks. 83 is far too long at two hours and thirty-two minutes. There are certain parts that sag and the numerous match scenes might get monotonous. 


Especially if you're not a big cricket fan like me. The film, however, concludes on such a high note that the longueurs are forgiven. 'Har match mein aukaad se zyada khelna hoga,' Kapil Dev says to his players at one point. That is still great life advice after all these decades. 83 is now showing in a theatre near you.

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