Boman Irani to play Farokh Engineer in Kabir Khan's '83

The shoot of the film based on the 1983 cricket world cup began in June and the team is currently shooting in Glasgow. Joining the vast cast is Boman Irani, who will be seen who playin the character of the legendary former opening batsman & wicket-keeper


The shoot of Kabir Khan's upcoming film '83 began on June 5, 2019, in Glasgow. The entire cast looked impressive, and the production house released Ranveer Singh's look as Kapil Dev, raising anticipation among the fans and cricket lovers. Keeping the excitement level high, the team has now announced that actor Boman Irani has joined the ensemble cast of the film, which includes Pankaj Tripathi, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Ammy Virk, Chirag Patil, Jiiva and Harrdy Sandhu.

The actor, who plays the character of the legendary former opening batsman and wicket-keeper, Farokh Engineer, said, “He was the only Indian commentator during the 1983 World Cup. His story, along with co-commentator Brian Johnston’s, runs parallel to the main narrative.” During the historic World Cup final between India and West Indies, Johnston had jokingly asked Engineer if the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, would declare a public holiday if India wins, to which his Indian counterpart had quipped, “She is an avid listener of the show, and would declare a public holiday just hearing this.” 

Boman Irani joined the team at the Lord’s cricket ground on Sunday. Talking about the same he said, “I will be shooting for a couple of days here, and then join the team in Mumbai. It’s a great honour to play this legendary character,” the actor beams. Ask him if he has met Engineer as a part of his prep, and he reveals, “I went to Manchester during the World Cup this year and stayed with him for a few days. We even watched India versus Pakistan match together. It was so surreal; like meeting your boyhood hero. I stayed at his house and we had some good laughs while trying to understand the man for the role.”

Talking about what drew him to the film, he added, “Kabir called me a few months ago and offered me this role. Instinctively, I replied, ‘If you give this role to someone else, we’ll not be friends anymore.’ I’m here now, shooting,” Boman shares. While I was getting into make-up, I called Engineer to thank him for the honour of portraying him. The ’83 World Cup is a big part of our lives, not just as cricket lovers, but as Indians."

Touted to be the biggest sports film of all times, ‘83 is being co-produced by Madhu Mantena, Sajid Nadiadwala and Reliance Entertainment. The movie is slated to hit the screens on April 10, 2020.

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