When a much-awaited film has been delayed and postponed again, it's quite easy for expectations to dwindle over time and for such film to be scrutinized with a fine-toothed comb once it's eventually released, because that anticipation has now become a double-edged sword.
Sooryavanshi defied these tempered expectations over two months ago with aplomb, but keep in mind that it belongs to a proven series with a big built-in fanbase, whereas 83 Aside from the subject on which it is based, the film is a completely unknown item. Before watching the movie, don't forget to check out our in-depth 83 movie review below
Unless you missed it in the trailer or have been living under a rock; 83 The film is based on the Indian cricket team's remarkable underdog victory in the 1983 Cricket World Cup, which single-handedly transformed the face of cricket globally and established India as the sport's major force.
The film 83 Movie releases a torrent of emotions that will last long after the film has ended. Trust us when we say that every theatre in India will be converted into a stadium, primarily because it taps into the core emotion of why cricket unites the country like nothing else. All of this is due to a masterclass in direction by Kabir Khan, who is at his prime, delivering the goods with a picture that is almost empty of story and exceedingly tough to mount due to the fact that it is centered on a single event, with no time wasted on any backstory.
It pays off enormously, however, if the direction masterclass is accompanied by an acting masterclass from Ranveer Singh, who lives, breathes, and becomes every bit the legendary Kapil Dev.
Everyone else's casting is also excellent, with Pankaj Tripathi, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jiiva, Saqib Saleem, Jatin Sarna, and Harrdy Sandhu standing out the most.
It doesn't stop with the supporting cast; even the bit players, such as those who play Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Greg Chappell, and Kevin Curran, are perfectly cast.
The hair and makeup departments, as well as editor Nitin Baid, score composer Julius Packiam, and music composer Pritam deserve special mention for bringing Kabir Khan's vision to life and recreating each iconic moment to the hilt. Deepika Padukone also delivers a heartfelt performance in her extended cameo.
Three sequences stand out: India's opening match against the West Indies, Kapil Dev's record-breaking 175 against Zimbabwe, which kept India alive in the 1983 World Cup, and Kapil's backward running catch in the final to dismiss Vivian Richards, which turned the match around. These are the moments that defined the 1983 Cricket World Cup, and they rightfully define this film as well.
83 The film takes its time getting into the thick of things, with some comical scenes that do no harm but add nothing. Also, the lack of a solid script creeps up at some points, particularly in the first half (which Kabir's masterful direction thankfully avoids for the rest of the film).
83 The film takes its time getting into the thick of things, with some comical scenes that serve no purpose and add nothing to the storey. Also, the film suffers from a lack of a solid script at times, particularly in the first half (which Kabir's masterful direction thankfully avoids for the rest of the film).