Confirmed: Jiiva to make his Bollywood debut with Ranveer Singh’s 83
Biopics, especially sporting biopics have been much in demand in Bollywood. After Milkha Singh, Mary Kom, Mohammed Azharudeen, MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, legendary cricket captain Kapil Dev is also getting a biopic made on him. ‘Bhajrangi Bhaijaan’ director Kabir Khan is helming the movie which has Ranveer Singh as Kapil. The movie has been titled as ’83’ and its pre-production works are currently progressing.
As per latest reports, the makers have roped in Tamil actor Jiiva to essay the role of former Indian cricket team opener
Krishnamachari Srikanth. Jiiva, who has a cricketing background having played the game in various levels, has already started training for the movie. He will be losing around seven kilos to look lean and young like Srikanth of the 80s. The movie marks his debut in Bollywood.
The Kabir Khan directorial chronicles the journey of Indian cricket team towards winning the 1983 World Cup in England. Kapil Dev captained the team and Srikanth was the dashing opening batsman. Reportedly, the movie’s cast also includes Deepika Padukone as Kapil’s wife Romy, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the team coach. Shoot will be commencing in London from March.