The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF) has announced that Indian cricketing drama ‘83, will have its world premiere at the public closing of the Festival’s inaugural edition. It sits alongside the festival’s official closing night film, the world premiere of Egyptian director Amr Salama’s Bara El Manhag.
‘83 tells the true story of charismatic Kapil Dev, played by Ranveer Singh, who led the Indian cricket team to its first World Cup victory in 1983 at the UK’s hallowed Lord’s Cricket Ground in London against the West Indies, regarded at the time as invincible.
Kabir Khan’s Hindi film tells this triumphant story with fastidious attention to detail, with the the actors training for months with the real cricketers they were playing to understand the nuances of the sport.
‘83, which is presented by Reliance Entertainment, Phantom Films and Kabir Khan Films, will have its world premiere at the Festival’s public closing on December 15, ahead of its release across the Gulf region on December 23 and worldwide release on December 24.
The world premiere of the film will be attended by cast and crew, including the film’s director Kabir Khan; lead actress Deepika Padukone who plays Kapil Dev’s wife Romi and real-life cricket legend and captain of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, Kapil Dev, along with his fellow teammates Mohinder ‘Jimmy’ Amarnath and Srikkanth.
Kabir Khan, '83’s director said: “I’m beyond excited to unveil ’83 at the Red Sea International Film Festival, the opening of cinemas in Saudi Arabia is a fantastic opportunity for filmmakers in India and across the world. To go on this journey, and to bring the story to screen with legends, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and cricket icon Kapil Dev was like winning the world cup for me.”
Edouard Waintrop, Artistic Director of the RedSeaIFF said: “‘83 is such a monumental film that will capture the public imagination, in Jeddah and across the world. A true celebration of one of the greatest underdog stories in international sporting history, it continues to inspire generations of young people, and the incredible Hindi-language film is sure to do the same. We are thrilled to host the cast and crew, as well as sporting icon Kapil Dev at the Red Sea International Film Festival for one of the most anticipated films of the year.”