Critically acclaimed actor Pankaj Tripathi will soon be seen in Kabir Khan’s upcoming sports film “83” where he played PR Man Singh, the manager of the World Cup-winning Indian cricket team 1983. Pankaj was a little boy residing in the countryside of Bihar when Kapil Dev and his team won the cup in London in 1983. Due to the lack of television or radio in his village, Pankaj learned of the historic victory of the India several days later.
“When India won the first World Cup, as there was no radio in our village, we heard the news later and didn’t really hear the live commentary of the winning match. But since 1988, when the radio arrived with us, I was a regular listener to matches and was a big admirer of both Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev, ”the actor told IANS.
When Pankaj took on the role in ’83’ and started preparing for the film, he met his heroes Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and others and it was an emotional moment for him. He said: “As a village boy I never thought of becoming an actor when I was young, so meeting my favorite cricketer was like out of the question! Now when the movie offer came to me. came and within the framework of the workshop, I met Sunil sir, Mr. Kapil and everyone, it was moving and pinched me. The young boy from the village came here, being part of a historical film, recreating history and reliving those moments on screen. I am moved about it.