Today, on the ace cricketer’s 72nd birthday, Tahir says it was an honour to essay the sensational batting wizard for the big screen. “I can’t wait for Sunil Gavaskar to see 83 and watch my performance in the film. It’s a huge honour to play a legend like him on screen and I hope I have done enough. I’m excited as well as nervous because I want to see his reaction while being next to him,” he said.
Elaborating further, he added, “Sunil Gavaskar is not just an icon, he is an institution and my on-screen act is a huge salute to everything that he has done for our country and Indian cricket.”
Talking about essaying the iconic cricketer on-screen, Tahir told a news portal in an interview that although he felt the pressure, it was also challenging at the same time. The actor added that before he accepted the part, he read two of his biographies and what really attracted him to the part was how he was a perfectionist throughout his life. According to Tahir, it was a responsibility and the same time it was challenging in terms of the aura the names brings with it.
The film will have Ranveer Singh playing the lead role of Kapil Dev in the movie. Deepika Padukone will also be seen essaying the role of his wife Romi Dev. The movie also features actors like, Pankaj Tripathi, Saqib Saleem and others.
Meanwhile, on the work front, apart from ‘’83’, Tahir will be seen in ‘Looop Lapeta’ where he will be seen sharing the screen space with Taapsee Pannu for the first time.