Film director Kabir Khan who has just finished the shooting schedule for the sports drama based on the Indian cricket team winning the world cup in 1983, recently spoke in an interview on how Ranveer Singh broke down. In an interview, Khan opened on, how Singh broke down when he said ‘cut’ after finishing the filming of the grand win with Singh (who plays former skipper Kapil Dev) was holding the real World Cup. “We shot for five days at the Lord’s stadium in London, entering the members-only Long Room where no camera had ventured before, the dressing rooms and locker rooms, then, stepped out on the balcony where the World Cup was presented to Kapil sir. And guess what? They brought out the real World Cup for Ranveer (Singh, who is playing Kapil Dev in the film) too. Overwhelmed, he broke down when I shouted “Cut”,” Kabir said.
Kabir Khan also spoke on Ranveer Singh’s uncanny resemblance with Kapil Dev in the first looks that have been released till now. “Look, for me, it was never a lookalike contest. For every character, I cast a person who matched the persona of the original. In the last few films, Ranveer’s lived his roles. It’s a rare gift he has, along with the effort he puts in. Even in our film, after 10 minutes you’ll forget it’s Ranveer on screen. With visual effects and prosthetics, I could have made him a replica of Kapil sir. But at the end of the day, it wasn’t about the look but whether he was convincing playing a cricketer through 45 days. At times, even Kapil sir’s daughter Amiya who is an AD on the film, would find it eerie. Even the rest of the boys trained in the sport for a year and for the squads of other countries, we roped in real cricketers because the game was top priority,” he said.