Harrdy Sandhu reveals how he got his role in 83 (Photo: Twitter)
Apart from his hits and hits of songs which have also been adapted into the Bollywood mainstream, Harrdy Sandhu is all ready to leave his mark in the big screens by making his debut in Kabir Khan’s biographical movie 83. The movie which is based on India’s 1983 cricket World Cup victory, is already starting off with a good start with notable actors like Ranveer Singh, Pankaj Tripathi, Tahir Raj Bhasin and now singer sensation, Harrdy Sandhu in the Sunil Gavaskar biopic movie.
In an interview to a daily, the singer opened up about his struggle of getting a role in the Ranveer Singh starrer, ‘’I was doing interviews for the song Kya Baat Ay and somebody told me that a movie on 1983 World Cup was being planned and that I could try to get a part, since I have been a cricketer. Ammy Virk (who is playing the role of Balwinder Singh Sandhu in the film) had also mentioned about it. One day, when I was in Chandigarh, he called me and asked me to come downstairs. Kabir Khan is here and he wants to meet you'."
"When I met him, the first thing that he asked me was, 'Will you be able to do Madan Lal's bowling action?’ I said, I will do the action, first tell me what is the character?" he adds.
The singer also said that despite the reassuring role, he didn’t get a call back from the filmmakers for almost three days, "And then they called me after 4-5 days telling me that they were in the locking period, so if I could send a video imitating Madan Lal’s bowling action. I practised and sent the video. But I did not get any call from them for almost three days. I thought perhaps they didn't like my video. But they called me again and said, First tell us, how did you do the action?’ They liked the video and said that they would love to have me in the movie."
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It was my Dad’s dream for me to play for India. It was my dream to win a World Cup. What I couldn’t do in real life because of an unfortunate injury, going to do that in the reel life. 🎬 Doing a film about my first passion - Cricket, is a very emotional feeling for me. I’ll be playing Madan Lal Sir, who at the time when I played U-17 india was also the bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy. I am thankful to @kabirkhankk sir for believing in me and a special thanks to @ammyvirk veera . Thank you @castingchhabra bhaaji Super excited to be a part of this squad with @ranveersingh @ammyvirk @saqibsaleem and all others. #MadanLal @Kabirkhankk @reliance.entertainment @mantenamadhu @vishnuinduri @83thefilm @ranveersingh #Relive83 #CastOf83
Harrdy, who will be playing Madan Lal in the biopic posted an emotional Instagram post stating that it was his dad’s dream to play for India. He further adds in the post, ‘’What I couldn’t do in real life because of an unfortunate injury, going to do that in the reel life. Doing a film about my first passion Cricket. Itis a very emotional feeling for me’’.
The shooting of the Kabir Khan biopic 83 is expected to begin this May 15.