Speaking at the event, Ranveer Singh said: "This is my first time in Chennai and Kamal Hassan sir has promised me a big party. Well, I am overwhelmed with happiness to be a part of this film made by a filmmaker, who is well known for making human stories. It’s been an absolute trip working with the entire team. It’s been an experience for all the boys, who will cherish for their entire lifetime. 83 World Cup means a lot to us Indians for it meant something more than Cricket. This victory instilled self-confidence in every Indian and it escalated the way each Indian saw themselves. Kapil Dev sir is an icon who has never bowled a single no-ball in his entire career. To play his role was more challenging as I had to practice a lot and get his bowling action, which wasn’t an easy task. With the help of Kabir sir, I managed to do something. Working together with all the actors in this movie formed a kind of brotherhood among us. I have a special bonding with each and every boy who worked with me in this film.”
Ranveer's kuthu dance with Jiiva for Kacheri Arrambam was super fun and they also performed Kamal Haasan's signature dance step. Ranveer also took over from emcee Bhavna Balakrishnan and played perfect host by introducing all his actors and dignitaries on stage.
Jiiva who plays Krishnmachari Srikanth in 83 said: "I got the offer through Vishnuvardhan Induri. I was equally excited and shocked when I told that I have to play the role of Srikanth sir. During the session in Dharmashala with Kapil Dev, he told me a lot about Srikanth sir and that instilled in me more pressure. As soon as we landed up in Scotland, I had a bizarre situation on the first day of shooting itself. I had to practice smoking like Srikanth sir and accidentally, there was a smoke alarm, where the entire hotel had to be evacuated. I instantly confessed to the team and later found that some of our guys were involved in this conniving act. Jokes apart, it is really a great effort by Ranveer Singh to take up such a huge task. Having played this role and being a part of this film, I have gained friends all over the country now.”
Krishnamachari Srikanth said that he is a big fan of Kamal Haasan and heaped praise on both Ranveer Singh and Kabir Khan. Kapil Dev recalled how Krishnamachari Srikanth winked at Indian Prime Minister Indra Gandhi which brought the roof down.
Kamal Haasan said: "I wish I directed the film but I don't have the passion and knowledge in cricket like Kabir Khan."
"Some of the incidents that Kabir Khan shared with me about the moments of 83 World Cup made my eyes moistened. There were lots of hardships where Kapil Dev had to wash his own clothes, as the budget allotted to the team for laundry was too low. While he created a record, the BBC media walked away with a predetermined mindset without witnessing the show. Now to see that this team has recorded it, I am extremely happy. To play effervescent Srikanth isn’t an easy task and I am so much elated to see Jiiva do it. I always wanted Srikanth to be a part of some of my movies like Pancha Thanthiram, but didn’t happen due to some reasons,” said Haasan.
A 40-feet banner of the film was also launched at Sathyam Cinemas by Kamal Haasan with the presence of the entire team.
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