A first ever major sport win for India on a global scale after independence .. A year which has a ring of ‘1947’ to it ! 83′ isn’t the pop-corn movie one would expect but a celebration of 14 ‘Jawans’ led by a high on spirit gem of a captain- Kapil Dev ! While there is no significant build up to the event of the Cricket World Cup as other sport sagas usually do, the film throws chunks of every cricketing personality through not so elaborate arcs. We enter the tournament an underdog and we immediately know our team is breathing the casual air of a team with not much hope from themselves…
The film then travels across in concentric circles; around how Kapil Dev time and again boosted the teams morale and led from the front with some brilliant performances himself. They say it’s the team that wins matches and not an individual but never ever in any one match you see the champions attitude of our paltan ! I think the English newspapers of 1983 that caught wind of India’s rise in the world cup tournament, calling it a series of flukes must have been referring to these disconnected loops of team bonding as portrayed in the film.
And yes, there is that flaky music score (with words which have lost shine on most of us) when the actual match is in action ! I mean WHY ? Were the film-makers worried that Team India’s meteoric rise and stupendous fall at times in the tournament won’t channel the emotion into us ? I felt the actors did a really good job ( as most of them have done) but the music killed my enthusiasm at times.
And then comes a pivotal moment – the final ball to victory. That one moment which stamped us as World Victors – the new cricketing champions of the world ! After a series of actual footage scenes; the film terribly failed to deliver this knockout punch of a moment- where every fiber of your body is already stretched to the limit in anticipation of victory ! And in the most anti-climactic ways in which any victorious moment could have been shot, the moment just passes by with a few ‘howzatt’ shouts and that’s it. India wins the World-Cup and my nerves for once just refuse to relax ! My goodness – where is my victory-gasm ?
Still, i walked out happy having lived (although a half-life) a moment of euphoria via the big screen. Kudos on this ambitious project and a good film. No wonder the casting was near perfect with great performances and I didn’t see Ranveer Singh anywhere – he was Kapil Dev all the way.
Do see it as it is not a movie to miss, although one has to live through some flaws. Worth a watch…