Tahir Raj Bhasin to play Sunil Gavaskar (Photo: Twitter)
Kabir Khan’s upcoming film 83, already has an impressive ensemble of castings that will make movie-goers relive India's incredible 1983 cricket World Cup victory. After chipping in Bollywood A-listers like Ranveer Singh, Pankaj Tripathi, filmmaker Kabir, and his crew have announced that the role of Sunil Gavaskar, the original little master will be played by actor Tahir Raj Bhasin.
Talking about the toughest casting after Ranveer Singh who's playing skipper Kapil Dev, director Kabir Khan talks about the casting of Tahi Bhasin, "The casting of Sunil Gavaskar was important since he was one of the superstars of the team. I needed an actor with a certain gravitas to portray the Little Master. Tahir had the persona for that," said Khan.
Tahir Bhasin, who is lauded for his impressive roles in movies like Mardaani says "it is a massive responsibility to portray one of the greatest batsmen in Test cricket history. "For now, I'm focusing on striking the ball with half the panache that Gavaskar did. I look forward to meeting him once we're settled in the training regime. We train three days a week, focusing on our stance and batting technique."
Gully Boy star Ranveer Singh is reported to have already started prepping up to play former Indian skipper Kapil Dev. Tracing the historic victory of 1983 world cup, Kabir Khan's upcoming directorial will star Ranveer Singh as the former captain of the Indian Cricket Team Kapil Dev. The film '83 would be Ranveer Singh's first trilingual film to be made in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
Tahir Raj Bhasin is known for films like Mardaani, Force 2 and more recently Manto. Directed by Kabir Khan, the sports film will bring to light one of the most important event in Indian cricket history. The film will be shot at real locations and will be going on floors early next year.