Pakistani netizens are not happy with the depiction of the younger version of Imran Khan, in the movie ‘83’.
The movie is a dramatic adaptation of India’s win in the 1983 cricket world cup. Indian cricketer Kapil Dev played by Ranveer Singh is the central character in the movie. The movie has been released on OTT platforms on Tuesday. Interestingly, the film has been trending on top of Pakistan’s Netflix.
A scene from the movie has gone viral on social media showing Kapil Dev (Ranveer Singh) meeting and greeting Imran Khan, the former cricketer and current premier of Pakistan. Interesting comments popped up on social media as the movie scene went viral on social media.
Pakistani netizens believe the young Imran Khan was quite handsome than his depiction shown in the movie. A Twitter user said: “Imran khan’s appearance in India’s 83 movie is so embarrassing.. this is unjust Matlab.”
“ok but the real crime against @ImranKhanPTI is the man they used to play him in the ‘83 film. personally offended,” said another Twitter user.
The movie is receiving mixed reviews from Pakistani cricket fans. The movie has been dubbed a good piece of entertainment for cricket enthusiasts but some have been complaining of exaggeration and overdramatic scenes. Ranveer Singh, on the other hand, is bagging rave reviews for his performance.
Such a lovely positive gesture from Kabir Khan & Ranveer in '83.
A film about Kapil Dev shows in a few seconds the decades old bond of Imran Khan & Kapil Dev. Kapil was one of Khan's special guests at his oath taking ceremony in 2018.
Kaisi chal rahi hai app ki taayari Pha jee! pic.twitter.com/zQbYDRsyok
— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) March 23, 2022
also my review of the film is that it’s nice if like cricket you will enjoy it but it’s also made in pure bollywood style so obviously lots of overdramatisation. ranveer singh did a fine job.
— zoha (@zchishtii) March 21, 2022
Some have appreciated the scene of friendly interaction between the skippers of arch-rivals cricket teams- India and Pakistan. “Such a lovely positive gesture from Kabir Khan & Ranveer in ’83. A film about Kapil Dev shows in a few seconds the decades-old bond of Imran Khan & Kapil Dev. Kapil was one of Khan’s special guests at his oath-taking ceremony in 2018. Kaisi chal rahi hai app ki taayari Pha jee!,” wrote journalist Mehr Tarar.
Back in December, Bollywood actor, Ranveer Singh, had promised a special moment for the audiences in Pakistan in his film 83. Ranveer Singh had started the promotions of the movie with Deepika Padukone. The real-life couple is also playing an on-screen couple in the movie.
In the press conference, he said: “There’s a very special moment that will make you happy as a Pakistani,” Ranveer said. “I won’t give it away, but in a few days you will watch the film, and then you will remember me,” he added.
Both Kapil Dev and Imran Khan shared amicable relations on and off the field. Both Imran Khan and Kapil Dev were invited for a show during Khan’s last trip to India before becoming the premier. Both the cricketers praised each other for impressive individual performances and significant contributions to their respective Indian teams.
In the question and answer session, Kapil Dev admitted that he was inspired by Imran Khan to win the world cup for India.