Journey of the 1983 World Cup team is an inspirational story that must be told, says Kapil Dev

IANS, Jul, 18 2016

Chennai: Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, who is putting his weight behind a Hindi film on the 1983 Indian World Cup team, says the journey to victory is a "story of inspiration" that must be told.

Vishnu Induri, founder of Celebrity Cricket League (CCL), has joined hands with Phantom Films to produce the yet-untitled film, which will go on the floors in March 2017.

Kapil Dev during his 175 against Zimbabwe in 1983. Getty Images

Kapil Dev during his 175 against Zimbabwe in 1983. Getty Images

According to a statement from the makers, the producers have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the 1983 cricket team for an official biopic of their journey to winning what was India's first Cricket World Cup.

As per this MOU, the producers will get to use the actual names of the players and true incidents from their lives.

"The Journey of the 1983 team is a story of inspiration which proves that one can achieve anything if they aim for it and work for it no matter what the world thinks," former Indian captain Kapil Dev said in the statement.

The film's team members are upbeat about the project.

"We are super excited about making of the 1983 movie and it's a huge responsibility on our shoulders to get it right as we don't get to tell stories like this often," read the statement issued jointly by Induri and Phantom Films' Madhu Mantena.

India won the 1983 Cricket World Cup defeating reigning champions the West Indies in a pulsating final.

Published Date: Jul 18, 2016 | Updated Date: Jul 18, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115