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Jeetega jeetega

Posted on: December 25, 2021


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I became aware that the movie ’83’ was releasing on 24 December 2021. I watched the trailer that was released on YouTube. Like most Indians, the trailer struck a chord with all normal Indians. Normal Indian means one who is interested in movies as well as cricket.

Like most normal Indians, I loved the trailer. What impressed me was the fact that Ranveer Singh, playing Kapil Dev, looked, acted, spoke and performed so much like Kapil Dev that it convinced the viewers that the movie makers had taken great pains in making the movie as authentic as possible.

Normally people go to watch a movie without knowing the story line, but here was a movie whose story was very well known to everyone. People were interested to know how the story was told and how the actors playing various cricketers had performed. For someone like me who knew the details of the world cup quite well, I realized that the plot of the World cup, as it unfolded, actually made it fit for a thrilling Hindi movie. The movie had ingredients like David vs Goliath fight, where David slays the Goliath. The movie had great drama where the team snatches win from the jaws of a certain defeat, and with that the self belief of not just a team but that of an entire nation gets ignited.

I know the story, but what about the younger generation who were not born at that time. Their knowledge of 1983 world cup is sketchy, and this movie would give them details that they were not aware of. So the main reason why I wanted to watch the movie was not to know the story (which I already knew), but for the following reasons:-
1. How the story has been told
2. How the actors have performed.
3. Refreshing the memories of those days
4. To watch the reaction of the younger generation
5. the usual reason- to watch a movie for entertainment

Like most normal Indians, the movie had caught my imagination and I began to toy with the idea of watching this movie first day first show. But then first day was 24 december 2021 and first show would have coincided with the prime time of office, so I thought that may be I should watch it second day, which was a Saturday (a holiday) as well as Christmas, making it a holiday for even those who do not have their holidays on Saturday. After lots and lots of thought, I decided that I would watch the movie first day first show and I would take CL for 24 December.

By a happy coincidence, my wife as well as daughter had to join me at my place. I was keen that they should join me in watching the movie. My wife joined me first, on 11 December. I gradually started to discuss the subject of the movie with my wife. Were you aware of the fact when India had won the cricket world cup in 1983? I asked her. Why I would not be aware? You think you are the only person aware of such matters? My wife retorted back.

She claimed that she had watched the match on TV. How could you be watching this match on TV in 1983? She claimed that TV had already arrived in Jabalpur in 1983 when she was studying in the Jabalpur Medical college. She also stated that one of her brothers, a great Jhumri Tilaiyya style farmaish sender had won a black and white TV in a radio or magazine quiz, and so her household already had a TV on those days.

When our daughter joined us one week later, I asked her whether she would like to watch the movie ’83’ first day first show. She agreed. So it was finalized. She herself booked the tickets online on her mobile. But she put a condition. We would go to the movie hall in our car, and she would drive. This made me nervous because she is not a very experienced driver, but she wants to gain expertise on car driving. In any case, her car driving skill is vastly superior to that of my wife, and she has the experience of driving cars in Goa and Mumbai so I reluctantly agreed.

It was on 22 December that I gave my application for CL. My steno came informing me that my CL card is blank, so the previous place has not sent the updated figure for my CLs. I told him that it is the updated figure as I had not taken any CL for the entire year, or for that matter any leave of any nature in the whole year.

The next day, while it was time to go home, I inquired whether the CL was sanctioned. I was informed that it was, so I went back home on the evening of 23 December knowing that I was watching the movie first day first show.

The movie was released in Gorakhpur in two different locations. The morning show on one location was at 9:30 AM and at another place it was 11:45 AM. The 9:30 AM timing was going to be too early, seeing that the daughter does not even wake up by that time so we had chosen 11:45 show which happened to be the first day first show for that location. It had the added advantage that the place was located close to our residence, so it needed less driving skill on the part of our daughter.

We left for the show with the daughter at the driver’s seat. Just as we left after the gate was opened, our junior dog Izza saw her opportunity and escaped from the gate. Now we were chasing her in the car, and she was running away on the road ahead of us. Just when we were worried that she would run up to the busy main road, she came across two street dogs. Those street dogs began to chase her. She turned back and began to run towards the residence. We turned the car back, and saw that the driver of my office car, who was asked to stay back, had caught Izza. He took her back to the residence. He is used to this task as he had to perform this task of catching the habitually “bhagodi” Izza and taking her back to the residence on quite a few occasions.

That done, we left for the show. I was not much impressed with the driving skill of the daughter, which I thought needed lots of polishing, but thankfully she managed to brave the heavy traffic (including perhaps the busiest chauraaha of Gorakhpur (called Mohaddipur chauraaha) and reached the multiplex. While parking the car in the parking lot, her reversing skills left something to be desired. but finally she managed to park the car.

When we reached the multiplex, we realized that it had four halls and the movie ’83’ was scheduled to be shown in all the four halls. But the first show that we had arrived to watch, was being showed in just one hall. It is a 3 D movie and so every movie goer was being handed over a 3 D goggle. I recalled that I had first watched a 3 D movie way back in 1980s. I recalled that I had also watched a 3 D animation movie in Bareilly in 2016. So it was going to be the third time that I would be watching a 3 D movie.

The hall was quite empty. Not more that 50 people were there. It was first show and there were obviously not too many takers for first day first show on a working day. Most viewers appeared to be old timers. Our daughter was one of the few who was not.

From the beginning on the movie, it became clear to me that the movie makers had made lots of efforts in research and story telling and what they were trying to show was more or less how it was back then in 1983.

The movie opens with PR Man Singh (played by Pankaj Tripathi) trying to arrange logistics for the Indian players who had to leave for England. Youngsters today do not realize that India was a desperately poor third world country those days. Today we may be flush with foreign currency (over $ 650 billions) and so an Indian traveler going abroad can spend any amount of foreign currency but that was not so back then. Any Indian touring abroad was looked as a financial burden on the economy because he would exhaust the scarce foreign currency that the country had. So there was a limit on the foreign currency that an India tourist could take with him. And the amount allowed was ridiculously low.

Not just Indian government even the country where you went as an Indian looked down upon you. People looked down upon Indians with condescension because Indians had not achieved anything of note at the world stage. The initial scenes of the movie captures it nicely. We see West Indian cricketers are received at the Heathrow airport with fanfare by the British Media. When the West Indies team leaves and the area clears up, we find Indian cricketers standing there, looking unwanted and uncared for. No media attention, and no one available to receive them.

There are Indians who take such humiliations lying down as a matter of life and do nothing about it. There is a small minority of Indians who tell themselves- OK, today I am getting this treatment. But I will make sure that it will not remain that way in future. It is very clear that the Indian team contained some such Individuals in its side. Gavaskar was one, Kapil Dev was another. And the rest of Indians would get molded into this way of thinking with time. There were such people in India in the other walks of life as well. Personally I counted myself among such Indians. Indians who had not achieved much but wanted to achieve it in future. Indians who had smaller ego and big self respect, who had urge to progress.

The first few scenes of the movie drives this message home emphatically and I heartily concur. And I dare say, so do most viewers watching the movie. So the movie had conquered its viewers in the first few minutes itself. The rest of the movie that followed was a glorious icing on the top of the cake.

The matches of the tournament are well chronicled. We all know about them. The matches actually followed the pattern that a well made thriller movie needs.

The initial scenes show how India loses all its practice matches, even against teams as nondescript as minor counties.

The movie shows Indians watching videos of West Indian cricketers. Indian viewers who were not born at that time get some scary introduction about the dreaded pace battery that West Indies possessed at that time. We find Srikkanth (played by Jeeva) exclaiming – “is it a cricket video or a horror film video?”

The first match that India played was against West Indies, the defending champions. The match was rain interrupted and it needed two days to get completed. The picturisation builds up the narrative nicely and beautifully. Rain interruption is used to mock Indians- “they are being saved by the rain”. When rain stops and match begins, the mocking tone changes to -“Indians did not pray to rain gods hard enough. Now they have no choice but to face the West Indians on the field.”

India kept losing wickets at regular intervals, but they kept the scoreboard moving thanks to useful contributions by most Indian batsmen, and the effort was capped by Yashpal Sharma who scored 89. India ended up on 262/8. It was the highest score of India in a world cup match. Yashpal Sharma’s 89 was the highest Individual score by an Indian batsman in a world cup match till date.

When West Indies began their chase, they were expected to overhaul the total with ease. Whether it was overconfidence, or whatever, West Indies after reaching 49 for no loss, began losing wickets at regular intervals. They were soon 130/8 and then 157/9. But not for nothing were they a two time world champions. In the first world cup in 1975, in thematch between West Indies and Pakistan, Pakistan had scored 268. West Indies while chasing, kept losing wickets at regular intervals were reduced to 203/9. Still the tenth wicket partnership of Derek Murray and Andy Roberts added 64 runs to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Here in the match against India, the tenth wicket partnership of Garner and Roberts threatened to do the same. They had added 71 runs for the tenth wicket to take the score to 228. At that score, Garner became a bit overconfident and stepped out to hit Ravi Shastri for a six. The ball elude his bat and reached the gloves of Kirmani who effected a stumping to earn India a historical win in the world cup. It was the first world cup defeat for West Indies. It was easily the first real win for India in a world cup match.

India defeated Zimbabwe easily as expected in their second match. Then normal service seemingly resumed for India. In the next match, Australia, who had lost in a major upset to Zimbabwe in their first match pulverized India by 162 runs. In the next match, West Indie s hammered India by 66 runs. So, things were back to normal. We expected that India, apart from that upset victory against West Indies would only beat Zimbabwe, and get eliminated in the group stages.

But in the next match against Zimbabwe, the demons of 1979 seemingly surfaced again. India kept losing wickets after wickets. At 17/5, India had no business staying in the tournament, but Gods in heavens had something big in store. In that divine scheme of things, India did something that was not done before. There was a semblance of recovery when the sixth wicket partnership took the score to 77. It became 77 for six and then 78 for 7. Even the mentally toughest human would throw in the towel after that. But not the Indians at the crease. The batsmen at the crease were Kapil Dev and Madan Lal. They took the score to 140 and then it was 140 for 8. Madan Lal gone. Now only Kirmani, a decent batsman, and Sandhu, a certified rabbit with the bat were left. Kirmani kept defending, not risking his wicket, while Kapil Dev began to take calculated risk. When the curtains were drawn on Indian innings, India had not lost another wicket and had reached 266/8.

This match was not covered on TV, and so this gave the movie makers a good opportunity to picturise this match as they wished. The movie makers took some liberty with the story as well. For instance, Kapil Dev is shown using Mongoose bat during the second half of his innings. In reality, Mongoose bat was introduced by Australians (namely Mathew Hayden) some three decades later.

Kapil Dev is shown hitting sixes that clear the ground and break windscreens of cars parked there. Then Kapil Dev finds everyone applauding a single that he takes. He wonders why everyone is applauding a single. Even his partner Kirmani is clueless. Kapil Dev turns to the umpire who is also applauding. He asks the umpire what is the matter ? “You have just broken the world record. That is what is the matter.”- the umpire informs him. Indeed, Kapil Dev, while playing the knock of his life had broken the record of highest one day individual total of 171 not out, which was earlier held by New Zealand’s Glen Turner.

The Indian total was deceptively similar to the total that India had reached against West Indies in the first match that India won. When Zimbabwe chased, their start was quite West Indies like. If West Indies were 49 for no loss at one stage, then Zimbabwe too were 44 for no loss. After the first wicket fell, Zimbabwe too started to lose wickets at regular interval. They became 6 down for 117. Then Kevin Curran began to bat like Kapil Dev and took Zimbabwe to 230 for 8. Then he fell, caught by Shastri, while trying to hit Madan Lal for a six. With Curran out, India mopped up the final wicket too at 235 and thus snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

This match was the one that suddenly ignited hopes in the minds of Indian cricket followers. For the first time ever, we could entertain hopes of qualifying for the semifinals if India could somehow win their last remaining group match against Australia. India had two defeats in group matches, whereas Australia had three (two against West Indies and one against Zimbabwe). So the last group match between India and Australia was going to be very important.

It was this match from which many Indians began to follow the world cup with heightened expectations. That was certainly the case for me.

That day was 20 June 1983. It was my birthday. As was the tradition the birthday boy would arrange for jalebi and he would be given his birthday greeting by throwing him up in the air. My birthday being celebrated thus in the evening, it was time for us to follow the India vs Australia match with eager anticipation. India in the first innings had reached a so so total of 248. It was an achievable target for Australia. India hopes lay in picking some quick wickets.

The matches were followed on transistor radios. Every one had transistor radios, but gregarious creatures that hostel dwellers were, they would gather up around one transistor and listened to the commentary gathered around that one transister belonging to one person. In our case, that transistor belonged to Anupam Sharma, one year senior to us. I vividly remember a few of us (from his batch as well as juniors like me) gathering in his room, and listening to the commentary of the second innings in the India vs Australia match. Trevor Chappel, who had single handedly crushed India in the first match was fortunately dismissed cheaply. Australia 3 for one. But then the second wicket partnership steadied the ship. 46/1. Easy Australia win coming up, this was the despairing thought crossing our mind.

Then much against the run of play,  the second wicket falls. Australia 46/2. We all celebrated the fall of the wicket and braced for a long lull before the fall of next wicket. But soon enough, the third wicket fell, then the fourth, then the fifth. Ausralia, from 46 for one were reduced to 52/ 5. It was Roger Binny, who did the damage, claiming three wickets in no time. It was too good to be true, but Alan Border was still around.

But Indian bowlers kept claiming wickets at the other end. It was 69/6 then 79/7. Some people may have been reminded of the fact that India too were placed at that position in their previous match against Zimbabwe. The eight wicket threatened to do that. But it was at the score of 116 that the eight wicket fell (Lawson). After some more resistance, Australia lost their ninth wicket at 129 (Alan Border) followed by Geoff Thomson at the same total. Australia were bowled out for 129. India won by a huge margin of 118 runs and they stormed into the semi final, qualifying as the second team behind West Indies.

It was for the first time that India qualified for the semi final. The qualifiers from the other group were England and Pakistan. England topped their group (group A), winning five matches out of six. Their only defeat was a narrow 2 wickets defeat against New Zealand. They batted first twice and they scored 300 plus totals on two out of three occasion. They chased thrice and won these three matches by eight, seven, and nine wickets. They had a net run rate of 4.671. The mighty West Indies topped Group A with five wins as well. They batted first twice and failed to reach 300 even once. They chased on four occasions, and won three of these matches with ease, by 8, 7 and ten wickets. West Indies had a net run rate of “just” 4.308. The other qualifier from Group A was Pakistan, that tied on points with New Zealand but qualified on better run rate.

It is easy to guess that England were overwhelming favorites in the semi finals. Under normal circumstances they would have hoped to play against Australia, but they got to play India. They must have felt like it was a walk in the park in the semi final.

England indeed started well against India. Their batting line up boasted of names like Greame Fowler, Chris Tavare , David Gower, Allan Lamb, Mike Gatting and Ian Botham. They were 69 for no loss at one stage which was easily their best opening partnership while batting first. They would have expected to notch another 300 plus total. They lost their first wicket for 69, when Chris Tavare was caught behind off Binny. Then wickets began to fall at regular intervals. From 69/0 , they were reduced to 160/6. There was no heroic rearguard action from the tail, and England were bowled out for 213.

The target was not much, but could India do it ? Out of the four Indian wins in the group stages, three were while defending totals. The only time they won by chasing was against Zimbabwe when they chased a lowly total of 155. The total of 213 against England was a way bigger target and that too in the high pressure match that the semifinal was.

We, listening to the commentary on Radio were tense. India started well and were 46 for no loss. But soon enough both openers were dismissed and the total became 50/2. Mohinder Amarnath and Yashpal Sharma were at the crease. It appeared to us that Mohinder Amarnath and Yashpal Sharma were playing a test match. That is how slow they batted. 72 runs were needed and the asking rate was getting stiff. When Mohinder Amarnath departed, the score was 142. Some of us listening to the commentary felt that Mohinder Amarnath’s dismissal was a blessing in disguise. It was then that Sandip Patil, the next batsman in played in the fashion he was so well known in Indian domestic circle. He thrashed the English bowling all around and scored 51 from only 32 deliveries. It reminded us that it was just one year ago that Patil had hit Willis for six fours in one over in a test match against England in England just the previous year, reaching from 80 to 104 in one over.

So, India defeated England, bearded the English lion in its own den, so to say, and reached the final.

In the other semifinal. Pakistan, batting first scored 184. This target was easily chased by West Indies. They won by eight wickets. Viv Richards was unbeaten on 80.

So, it was West Indies vs India final. India were put into bat by West Indies. Indian batsmen struggled and they were all out for 183. They scored one run less than what Pakistan had scored against West Indies in the semi finals.

It was Sunday, 25 June 1983. We in our hostel had our dinner and the customary after dinner walk towards the golf ground. West Indies had begun their chase by then and had lost an early first wicket, in the form of Gordon Greenidge. But that only brought to the crease Vivian Richards the most destructive batsman in the world in all formats. He was hitting boundaries at will, when we went for our after dinner walk. When we were entering the hostel gate after finishing the walk, we heard a roar and ran to the person with the transistor. We came to know that the dangerous Richards had just been dismissed, caught Kapil Dev bowled Madan Lal. It was a great sigh of relief, but then we realized that the next man in was Clive Lloyd. His batting record against India was better than even Richards. But soon enough, Larry Gomes departed, Clive Lloyd (limping) departed and even Bacchus departed. West Indies, from being 50-1, found themselves at 77/6. Now it was up to the lower order batsmen. The target was not big, so it was not beyond the ability of West Indian tail. The seventh wicket partnership between Dujon and Marshall began to flourish, and began to gave headaches to Indian side. Come to think of it, Indian bowling consisted mostly of military medium bowlers. Tail enders traditionally bat better against such bowlers. Just when Indian fans are becoming desperate and frustrated, Kapil Dev handed the ball to Mohinder Amarnath. It was a desperate throw of the dice. Mohinder Amarnath got the breakthrough, by clean bowling Dujon. Marshall too followed caught by Gavaskar off Mohinder. Kapil Dev dismissed the ninth wicket by trapping Andy Roberts LBW. The last wicket partnership wagged a bit and then Mohinder Amarnath got one of his trademark deceptive inswinging delivery to beat Garner’s bat. The umpire readily upheld the appeal of LBW. West Indies were bowled out for 140. India had achieved the most improbable feat! They had defeated the undisputed world champions and had lifted the World Cup against all odds. India were 66-1 in betting circles before the world cup started. Those who were foolish enough to bet on India laughed all the way to the bank.

If someone was to dethrone West Indians from their lofty pedestal, then India was the last team that anyone would have thought of as the likely candidate, but it was indeed India that had done it !

The movie brought back all those happy memories. The fact that the movie was in 3 D made it feel like I was watching the matches on the ground. That is how realistic it appeared on 3 D.

This tournament was not just a world cup cricket title for India. It was far far far bigger than that. It changed the game of cricket for ever. West Indies won the title twice earlier and that hardly changed much, but this title win, which was a fluke win changed the game of cricket itself for ever. And that was mainly because Indians unlike West Indians, had the ability to take the win to the next level. Indians began to believe in themselves. Not just Indian cricketers but sportsmen in other sports as well. Till then, there was no Chess Grandmaster in India. A few years later, we had our first Chess Grandmaster in India (Vishwanathan Anand). He changed Indian chess the way this 1983 Cricket title win changed Indian cricket. Today India is in the top four among chess playing nations (all nations in the world play chess).

Cricket administration in India, alongwith Indian industry, began to assert themselves. The next world cup was held in Indian subcontinent and it was sponsored by Reliance, then an up and coming industrial house, and today a mega Indian business house.

By 1990s, BCCI had started to have a say in the running of ICC. Today BCCI in fact can be said to run world cricket economy. Today 70 % of revenue that ICC gets is from the Indian market, which ICC then distributes among its member countries. So India is helping run cricket in other countries around the world. All this was made possible because of that one freak and fluke 1983 world cup title win! Fluke it may have been, but what happened in India after that win had nothing to do with fluke. It had much to do with a new found self belief among Indians (at least among some Indians, if not all).

When India does something, it influences other countries in the neighborhood. These neighborhood countries may not admit it but they are influenced by what India does. We can see that in cricket. Cricket got a big fillip not only in India but also in neighboring countries, Pakistan won the world cup in 1992 and Sri Lanka in 1996. Bangladesh too started playing cricket seriously. Afghanistan and Nepal too followed.

If one thinks that Indian influence on its neighbors is overrated, then please realize that hockey is the national game in India and Pakistan. Till 1970s, India vs Pakistan hockey matches received same attention as India vs Pakistan cricket matches enjoy today. But India lost interest in its hockey. Today India plays hockey with Pakistan and nobody takes notice of these matches. Same is going to happen to cricket in the neighborhood of India if India stops taking interest in cricket. Even in cricket, the neighbors of India cannot go far in a sport without the support of India. As an example, cricket was included in Asian games but BCCI was not interested and it did not send its teams to Asian games. After two Asian games, cricket got dropped from Asian games. It shows that Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh cricket board on their own have negligible say even at Asian games level.

To cut a long discussion short, this 1983 World Cup title view had changed not just Indian cricket, but World cricket. It has not just changed Indian cricket, it has changed the outlook of Indian sportsmen playing other sports as well. Moreover, it had changed the outlook of Indians and also Indian industry. It was quite some transformation in the collective national psyche of India. And for that we have to say a big thank you to the Indian cricket team that brought home the 1983 world cup.

I enjoyed the movie thoroughly. The last time I enjoyed a movie like this was ‘Don’ (1978). This movie ’83’ (2021) is a movie that I can watch as many times as I can get an opportunity. I hope such opportunities come soon. In fact I am hoping to get an opportunity to watch this movie with my hostel mates with whom we followed that world cup 38 years ago. Two of my batch mates and one senior are at present posted with me in Gorakhpur. The senior whose transistor brought us the commentary of those matches is today posted as General Manager in the adjacent zone. Such great memories. Reliving those fond memories is simply priceless. The movie affords us that opportunity.

I did some research to find out who plays whom. It is interesting to note that Sandeep Patil’s role is played by his son Chirag Patil. Likewise Late Malcolm Marshall’s role is played by his son, Mali Marshall. Carl Greenidge played the role of his father Gordon Greenidge. Clive Lloyd’s son also played a role. He was 6’8″ tall, so he was signed up to play Joe Garner (6’9″). Shivnaraine Chanderpaul’s son Tej Narayan Chanderpaul was signed up to play Larry Gomes. Mohinder Amarnath, man of the match in the final, played the role of his father late Lala Amarnath. 🙂 Nina Gupta, whose dalliance with Viv Richards is well known, plays Kapildev’s mother. 🙂

Here are the details of the actors and their roles in the movie:-

Actor Role
Ranveer Singh Kapildev
Deepika Padukone Romi Kapildev
Pankaj Tripathi P R Man Singh (Manager)
Tahir Raj Bhasin Sunil Gavaskar
Jeeva Krishnammachari Srikkanth
Saqib Saleem Mohinder Amarnath
Jatin Sarna Yashpal Sharma
Chirag Patil Sandeep Patil
Dinkar Sharma Kirti Azad
Nishant Dahiya Roger Binny
Harrdy Sandhu Madanlal
Sahil Khattar Syed Kirmani
Ammy Virk Balvinder Singh Sandhu
Adinath Kothare Dilip Vengsarkar
Dhairya Karwa Ravi Shashtri
R Badree Sunil Valson
Neena Gupta Rajkumari Nikhanj (Kapildev’s mother)
Boman Irani Farokh Engineer (Former India Wicketkeeper)
Aditi Arya Inderjeet Bhardwaj
Satish Alekar BR Sheshrao Wankhede
Wamiqa Gabbi Annu Lal (Madan Lal’s wife)
Mali Marshall Malcolm Marshall
Carl Greenidge (son of Gordon Greenidge) Gordon Greenidge
Jason Lloyd (son of Clive Lloyd) Joel Garner
Tejnaraine Chanderpaul (son of Shivnarine Chandarpaul) Larry Gomes
Mohinder Amarnath Lala Amarnath (Mohinder Amarnath’s father)
Kapildev A spectator at the Tunbridge Wells match

The original song that I wanted to post was already taken up by Avinash Scrapwala whose article on this movie appeared yesterday on 24 December 2021 as he was watching the movie fist day first show at 8:30 AM. I watched first day first show at 11:45 AM and my article is appearing one day later. The song that accompanies the article is another soul stirring song “Jeetega Jeetega”. It is sung by Arijit Singh. Kausar Munir is the lyricist. Music is composed by Preetam.

PS-We managed to arrive back safely despite may dissatisfaction with the driving of the daughter. Hopefully her driving will improve soon enough to the level I feel comfortable with. 🙂

Here is this goosebump inducing song from “83”(2021)

Video (Partial)

Audio (Full)

Song-Jeetega jeetega (83)(2021) Singer-Arijit Singh, Lyrics-Kausar Munir, MD-Preetam

Lyrics

aage aage sabse aage
apna seena taan ke
aa gaye maidaan mein
hum saafa baandh ke
aage aage sabse aage
apna seena taan ke
aa gaye maidaan mein
hum jhande gaadne
ho ab aa gaye hain
jo chhaa gaye hain
jo dam ye zamaana dekhega
dekho junoon kya hota hai
zidd kya hoti hai
hum se zamaana seekhegaa
aa aa aa

jeetega jeetega
India jeetegaa
hai dua har dil ki
hai yakeen laakhon ka
jeetega jeetega
India jeetegaa
waada nibhaayenge aaaj

sar uthha ke yoon chalenge aa
phir jhuka na paaye jo ye jahaan
darr mitaake yoon ladenge aaj
phir hara na paaye jo ye jahaan
jo ab aa gaye hain
jo chha gaye hain
jo dam ye zamaana dekhega
dekho junoon kya hota hai
zidd kya hoti hai
hum se zamaana seekhhega
aa aa aa

jeetega jeetega
India jeetegaa
hai dua har dil ki
hai yakeen laakhon ka
jeetega jeetega
India jeetegaa
waada nibhaayen aaaj

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
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आगे आगे सबसे आगे
अपना सीना तान के
आ गए मैदान में
हम साफा बांध के
आगे आगे सबसे आगे
अपना सीना तान के
आ गए मैदान में
हम झंडे गाड़ेंगे
हो अब आ गए हैं
जो छा गए हैं
जो दम ये ज़माना देखेगा
देखो जुनून क्या होता है
ज़िद्द क्या होती है
हम से ज़माना सीखेगा
आ आ आ

जीतेगा जीतेगा
इंडिया जीतेगा
है दुआ हर दिल की
है यकीं लाखों का
जीतेगा जीतेगा
इंडिया जीतेगा
वादा निभाएंगे आज

सर उठा के यूं चलेंगे आज
फिर झुका ना पाये जो ये जहां
डर मिटा के यूं लड़ेंगे आज
फिर हरा ना पाये जो ये जहां
जो अब आ गए हैं
जो छा गए हैं
जो दम ये ज़माना देखेगा
देखो जुनून क्या होता है
ज़िद्द क्या होती है
हम से ज़माना सीखेगा
आ आ आ
जीतेगा जीतेगा
इंडिया जीतेगा
है दुआ हर दिल की
है यकीं लाखों का
जीतेगा जीतेगा
इंडिया जीतेगा
वादा निभाएंगे आज

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हम्म म्म म्म
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हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
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7 Responses to "Jeetega jeetega"

Was waiting for this post since early morning today.
Great post to cover India’s journey at the ‘world cricket cup1983’ and the memories associated with it.
Enjoyed reading post and yes this song is another special song this movie has. We too enjoyed the movie a lot and watching it in 3D was a thrill (so far I had watched only one movie in 3D and that was in Jan2020 – Tanhaji-2020).
I will also be getting to watch again, as my younger daughter has to watch it, as she had to attend her coaching class yesterday.

Thanks and regards,

one correction please – Wamiqa Gabbi plays the role of Madan Lal’s wife – Annu Lal in the movie.

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Atul ji,
Very captivating post. I felt as if you were talking to me and I was an amazed listener !
Very well written.
It’s long but is so good that the length did not matter.
Thanks for taking us on a visit to the multiplex, with you, to watch film 83.
– AD

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Please review these corrections,
cup uthha ke yoon dhharenge aaj
sheesh jhuka na paaye jo ye jahaan

— Sar uthha ke yoon chalenge aa, phir jhuka na paaye jo ye jahaan

?? ke yoon ladenge aaj
?? hara na paaye jo ye jahaan
— par (?) mitaake yoon ladenge aa
phir haraa na paaye jo ye jahaan

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Atul ji,

I have read parts of your post with interest. You could have made a career in writing about cricket.

I used to be an avid reader of cricket magazines and newspaper articles about matches and cricketers. Ravi Shastri was the 12th man bringing drinks for the playing eleven. In the round matches, some senior players were rested and others were given chance to play, that was the usual strategy.

I have had the good fortune of visiting the MCG recently, and planned to write about it in a post. Are there anymore songs in this film remaining to be posted ?

I also have a quiz for you, relating to the post:

You mentioned your birthday. Do you know which of the players mentioned in the post shares your birthday ?

I can give you a hint which will make the quiz very easy to solve.
Hint : You have misspelled the name of another player with the same first name.

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What a writeup. Great walk down memory lane.
The post has made my resolution to see the movie stronger
Thank u atulji

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Much much better than the film reviews available on the net and written by “professional” columnists.

Good movie indeed.

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Back in the early ’50s a group of Australian Jesuits were grooming us nine year olds in a Boarding School in distant Hazaribag. Cricket was compulsory and also because some of the Jesuits were directly related to great Australian Cricketers such as NEIL HARVEY, RAY LINDWALL amongst others.

The Fathers taught us the nuances of Cricket (at the nets, they would hold the pointed end of the stump behind us, forcing us to play forward). We also learnt about the strokes. The most elegant stroke was the LATE CUT, so skilfully mastered by English Batsman DENNIS COMPTON.

But, the Fathers would say, the best stroke of all was the SQUARE CUT. You rise up on your toes and give a solid thwack to the ball as it races past the off stump.

That was Elegance and Power combined, but above all, it had the stamp of AUTHORITY.

Hats off to you Atul ji for a remarkable Post on a Match that will be remembered for ever.

With warm regards

PARTHA CHANDA

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