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After recent biopics on Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, it’s time to showcase India’s historic 1983 World Cup victory in London on the silver screen, particularly for the present generation.

Phantom Films have roped in Kabir Khan as the director. “Kabir wants to show that cricket is what it is today because of that victory. The media, public and commercial interests attached to the game now can be traced back to that memorable 25th day of June, 1983,” Hyderabad’s P.R. Man Singh, who was the manager of that all-conquering Kapil Dev-led team, told the The Asian Age newspaper.

“The (1983 World Cup) matches have been well covered in the press. The movie plans to reflect the several things off the field that were a part of our eventful journey. Kabir had already spoken/ interviewed most of the players in this regard,” Man Singh said.

Among the many things nuggets of information that revealed to Kabir was “holding the team meeting in the bus; meeting the British Queen; hosting a thanksgiving party; how we smuggled some of our friends into Lord’s (cricket ground, venue of the final) because we didn’t have enough tickets; how I bent the Board’s contract to allow the players’ wives to stay in the same hotel and travel on the team bus and that (the legendary) Sunil Gavaskar’s name did not figure in the first 10 members who were selected.”

The film should hit the theaters next year. Kabir is going into minute details for sure. “He was asking me how slim or fat I was and how much hair I had on my head,” Man Singh told The Asian Age.

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