Kapil Dev backs film on the historic 1983 Prudential World Cup win
India's greatest all-rounder Kapil Dev is all for a film on 1983 World Cup win as he says the journey is an inspiration and needs to be told
Iconic Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev, the skipper of the 1983 World Cup winning team has backed a move to make a film on the 1983 Indian World Cup team. The Haryana Hurricane says the journey to victory is a "story of inspiration" that must be told. Given no chance by pundits, India won the 1983 Cricket World Cup defeating reigning champions West Indies led by Clive Lloyd by 43 runs to stun the cricketing world. India defended the paltry total of 183 by bundled out the West Indies for 140 to create history. A win that changed the face of Indian cricket and showed that India had arrived on the world stage.
Vishnu Induri, founder of Celebrity Cricket League (CCL), has joined hands with Phantom Films to produce the yet-untitled film, which will go on the floors in March 2017.
According to a statement from the makers, the producers have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the 1983 cricket team for an official biopic of their journey to winning what was India's first Cricket World Cup.
As per the MoU, the producers will get to use the actual names of the players and true incidents from their lives.
"The Journey of the 1983 team is a story of inspiration which proves that one can achieve anything if they aim for it and work for it no matter what the world thinks," former Indian captain Kapil Dev said in the statement.
The film's team members are upbeat about the project.
"We are super excited about making of the 1983 movie and it's a huge responsibility on our shoulders to get it right as we don't get to tell stories like this often," read the statement issued jointly by Induri and Phantom Films' Madhu Mantena.