It didn't affect me on first watch, when I watched it for the second time, I just could not stop crying: Kapil Dev on Ranveer Singh's 83
Kabir Khan's 83 is now streaming on Netflix and Disney+Hotstar. The sports biopic starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Pankaj Tripathi among others had released in theatres on December 24, 2021. Based on the Indian cricket team's 1983 World Cup win, Ranveer played the role of former captain Kapil Dev.
Now, in a recent interaction with Gaurav Kapoor for Netflix, Kapil revealed when he watched 83 for the first time, it didn't affect him. However, after watching it again, he got emotional. "Jab maine pehli baar dekhi, ki laga ki thik hai, haan, movie. Mere ko itna impact nahi hua. Lekin jab maine dusri baar dekhi, mere se to, waise hi main kaafi emotional hu, rona hi nahi ruk raha tha, ki yaar aisi movie thi, aise hum khele," Kapil said.
He further added, "That's why I can say that, Kabir, Ranveer, his team, have done a fabulous job! And I always say, to me Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was the ultimate sports movie, for Indians. I used to say if we matched even fifty percent of that film, I would say the movie was great." When asked if he cried a lot the second time he watched the film, Kapil said, "a lot, The third time I just got up and left. I said, I can't watch it, because how long can you remember your childhood memories? Especially when you are with your teammates, you are reminded of all the things you did. 98% (of the movie) is true. Characters were changed, scenes were changed, but the story wasn't changed."
The makers of 83 had held a special screening for the entire team of the 1983 match.