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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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The magic of ’83 endures. . .

Some years before the ’83’ was planned and launched, ’83 already had made an appearance in another film that came in 2007. This film is not about ’83, but is about the inspiration that ’83 becomes for an orphan child who loves to play cricket.

The film is ‘Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii’. Probably not a well known film, and probably many readers may not be aware of it. It did not appear on YouTube for a very long time. The clips that are available now were uploaded as recently as 2019. But in terms of financial stats, it is deemed to be a successful film.

Another very key aspect of this film – Kapil Dev makes a live appearance in this film, as himself. Watching the film way back when, as Kapil Paa ji suddenly appears in the hotel lobby where the India team (in the film storyline) is staying, it was really a pleasant surprise. Plus more – I was reminded of the disclaimer at the beginning of the film that announces this film to be a work of fiction, and that all characters are fictitious, and that any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. So maybe, Kapil Paa ji, appearing in the film as Kapil Paa ji is merely a pure ‘coincident’. 🙂

Ah, but I stray. Way back then, I was already in the mode for over two decades of not seeing films, or to be precise, not seeing films on the big screen. A friend handed me a copied DVD of the film, telling that a very interesting film it is, must watch. I did. And sincerely, I very much liked it, enough to immediately make a copy of it i.e. pirate a pirated DVD. My concern was / is that whenever I tried to bring up this film in discussions, most people expressed ignorance. And I used to wonder. So I considered this pirated DVD to be a prized possession.

The main character in this film is a cricket bat. Let me explain. Karan (role played by Zain Khan) is an orphan child just stepping into his teens. He is an inmate of John’s orphanage, which is a motley group of children of all ages. Their keeper is John Kakkar (role played by Rajesh Khera). His appearance and mannerism is a throwback on the character of Fagin in the novel ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens. And the motley group of children call him by his nickname – Hitler.

Karan desires two things, to become part of a family, and to play cricket. As is the case in every such motley group, there is the local bully child. He is Raghav (role played by Raj Bhansali), and his fans call him Raghav Dada. He is envious of Karan’s batting skills, and often has squabbling spats with him. One day, he snatches Karan’s bat and throws it such that it breaks. Karan is distraught and pained, but can do nothing.

Some days later, a cartload of toys donated by someone arrive at the orphanage. The children pounce on them and there is quite a melee as they try to grab what they fancy to be their favorite. There is a cricket bat in that cart, and it somehow makes its way into Karan’s hand.

And now starts the magic. As Karan is examining that sturdy but worn out bat, his eyes pick out four letters etched with a knife on the shoulder of the bat. The letters are – KD83. Having been fed on the cricketing stories, especially of the 1983 world cup victory and Kapil Paa ji by Bholu Dada (role played by Sushil Parashar), one of the caretakers of the children at the orphanage, the joyous fantasy of Karan knows no bounds when he deciphers these letters to be ‘Kapil Dev – 1983’. He is earnestly convinced that fortune has played him a golden hand and sent him the actual bat with which Kapil Paa ji had played the World Cup tournament in 1983.

The love affair is instantly established, and Karan does not part with the bat even while sleeping.

Concurrently at that time, Pakistan’s cricket team is on tour of India, and the one day match series is in progress. India team is performing dreadfully, and they are already two down in the five match series. The coach (role played by Vijay Krishna) is a troubled man. On a fateful day in between matches, he is on road in his car, and waiting at a traffic light, when a cricket ball lands on his windshield, as if dropping in from the skies. He is intrigued. He parks the car, and based on some trajectory estimations and some inquiries, he reaches a dusty barren maidan where a group of teenagers are squabbling about who should go to retrieve the ball. He walks in and asks in a commanding tone, who hit this shot. Karan, who has hit that shot, is terrified and in complete denial mode. However Raghav, sensing a possible opportunity to get Karan into trouble quickly and vociferously points out that Karan has hit the shot.

Karan is waiting for some punishment. But the coach surprises him by saying he wants to see more of his batting. So the coach of the India team is bowling and Karan is facing him. Coach bowls one over, and each delivery is dispatched high and far away from the ground. With an intervening scene of the Coach trying to convince and cajole John ‘Hitler’ to allow Karan to go with the Coach for some time, the next scene is the cricket stadium. It is late evening. Coach has summoned the selection committee members, Varun, the captain of the India team (role played by Rahul Bose), and Sohail (role played by Vineet Kumar Singh) the fast bowler in the India  team. Coach convinces and invites the present audience to view Karan’s exploits with the bat. With lots of doubts and misgivings, and with a dash of derision, they agree. Of course everyone is stunned to view the ensuing flourish of shots by Karan on the bowling of the recognized fast bowler.

With some back and forth between the selectors, the coach and the team captain, there is agreement to experiment with Karan, on a trial basis, for one match against Pakistan. And the stage is set for the career debut of ostensibly the youngest ever cricketer to make an appearance in an international match.

Interesting segue here as to how Karan starts any of his innings. As he takes his stance, he would lift the bat and touch it to his forehead, say a prayer to Kapil Paa ji, and then whisper a brief chant – “Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii”. Apparently, this is one of those phrase jingles that children make up, and use it as a conversation enhancer no matter what the emotional content or context of the situation be. Something like a ‘तकिया कलाम’ (takia kalaam). As he chants this short jingle, we see a momentary aura around the bat and Karan’s hands, and the batting magic is initiated.

Karan opens the innings with Varun. Pakistan team is captained by Rafique (role played by Bobby Bedi). Their main bowler is Wasim (role played by Chandan Anand). The opening pair each score an unbeaten century for an unbeaten partnership of 356. Of course India goes on to win the match. Karan continues in the rest of games as the opening partner for Varun. India wins the next match, and then the series.

Other performers visible in this clip are – the two umpires, roles played  by Gary Tantony and Krishan Prem Upadhyay; and in the commentator’s box Maru Sharma (role played by Nasir Khan) and Nadira (role played by Manini Mishra).

There are other interesting twists and turns in the story before it ends. There is a love angle in Varun’s life, Malini (role played by Meera Vasudevan), whom Karan quite magnanimously ‘approves’; Varun has an estranged father, and Karan becomes instrumental in bringing them together once again; there is the magical tryst between the prodigal batting sensation and his legendary inspiration – the phenomenal Kapil Paa ji, an encounter in which the legend ‘recognizes’ his bat and autographs it for the prodigy; and the happily ever after decision of Varun and Malini to adopt Karan. Close to the end of the movie there are episodes that also bring a transformation in Karan – the realization that his batting prowess is not actually in the bat engraved with KD83, but in his own self.

In my opinion, this film is a wholesome entertainer, with lots of interesting imaginary cricket imagery included – Kapil Paa ji is for real though. The full movie is available on YouTube, and I would recommend it to those who may not have seen it before.

This song being showcased today plays in the background as Karan makes his batting debut against Pakistan. The song has been penned by Irfan Siddique and set to music by Salim-Sulaiman. There are six singers listed against this track – Kailash Kher, Vijay Prakash, Hrushitesh Kamarker, Mangal Mishra, John Stewart and Salim Merchant. Being quite unfamiliar with the voices of the current singers, I request other readers to please help identify the main singer. As far as I can make out, there is one lead voice and a chorus of supporting voices.

Some interesting additional viewing. Here is the link for the short Films Division Newsreel clip of the reception accorded to the winning team by the then President Giani Zail Singh, and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

And here is the link for the last full get together of the Kapil’s Devils earlier this year, on 25th June, 2021, when OPUS has announced the release of the limited edition coffee table book on this victory (only 1983 copies to be monogrammed). I say last ‘full get together’, because sadly Yashpal Sharma, one of the mainstay batsmen of the team, especially during the 1983 World Cup tournament, passed away on 13th July, 2021, just eighteen days after recording this session.

The time line has now seen 38 more years since 1983, and we are now in the 39th year of continued celebrations of that path breaking first of the first world cricketing championship victory. There are, there have been and there will be many more such victories. But the legendary sensation of the magical fortunes and cricketing prowess that came to fruition on that fateful unforgettable day of 25th June, 1983 has cast an everlasting spell whose charm is indelible for generations to come.

Jai Hind.

 

Song – Koi Tere Aage Tik Paaye Na  (Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii) (2007) Singer – Kailash Kher, Vijay Prakash, Hrushitesh Kamerker, Mangal Mishra, John Stewart, Salim Merchant, Lyrics – Irfan Siddique, MD – Salim-Sulaiman
Chorus

Lyrics

de de de de
de de de de
de
de de
de de de de
de de de de
de

de de de de
de de de de
de
de de
de de de de
de de de de
de

dhadakka

aa
de de de de
de de de de
de
de de
de de de de
de de de de
de

de de de de
de de de de
de
de de
de de de de
de de de de
de

dhadakka

koi tere aage tik paaye naa
de de de de
de de de de
de
de de
jo bhi tere saamne aayega
de de de de
de de de de
de
de de
koi tere aage tik paaye naa
jo bhi tere saamne aayega
tu kar de
dhamaaka
sab dekhen aaj tamaasha
tu kar de
dhamaaka
har ball ko de tamaacha
de chauka
de chhakka
aaj ho jaaye ho jaaye dhoom dhadakka
chauka
de chhakka
aaj ho jaaye ho jaaye dhoom dhadakka
chauka
de chhakka
aaj ho jaaye ho jaaye dhoom dhadakka
chauka
de chhakka
aaj ho jaaye ho jaaye dhoom dhadakka. . .

de de de de
de de de de
de
de de
de de de de
de de de de
de
de de
de chauka
de de de de
de de de de
de
de de
de de de de
de de de de
de
de de
de chhakka
de de de de
de de de de
de
de de
de de de de
de de de de
de
de de
dhoom dhadakka
de de de de
de de de de
de
de de
de de de de
de de de de
de
de de

kya mode
kya tode
tu na kisi ko bhi chhode
na naape
na toley
sab hil hil hil hil doley
tu ne natkhat
yun jhatpat
kya jaadu chalaaya sarpat
teri harkat
hai aafat
tak dhinak dhinak dhin tak tak

tu kar de
dhamaaka
ab sab se le le tu panga
tu kar de
dhamaaka
chal aaj macha de danga
de chauka
de chhakka
aaj ho jaaye ho jaaye dhoom dhadakka
chauka
de chhakka
aaj ho jaaye ho jaaye dhoom dhadakka
chauka
de chhakka
aaj ho jaaye ho jaaye dhoom dhadakka
chauka
de chhakka
aaj ho jaaye ho jaaye dhoom dhadakka

aaa aaa aaaaa
de de de de
de de de de
de
de de
aaa aaa aaaaa
de de de de
de de de de
de
de chauka
(aaa aaa aaaaa)
(de de de de)
(de de de de)
(de)
de chhakka
(aaa aaa aaaaa)
(de de de de)
(de de de de)
(de)
dhoom dhadakka
(aaa aaa aaaaa)
(de de de de)
(de de de de)
(de)
de de de de
de de de de
de
dhadakka

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
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दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे
दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे

दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे
दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे

धड़क्का

आ॰॰
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे
दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे

दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे
दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे

धड़क्का

कोई तेरे आगे टिक पाये ना
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे
दे दे
जो भी तेरे सामने आएगा
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे
दे दे
कोई तेरे आगे टिक पाये ना
जो भी तेरे सामने आएगा
तू कर दे
धमाका
सब देखें आज तमाशा
तू कर दे
धमाका
हर बॉल को दे तमाचा
दे चौका
दे छक्का
आज हो जाये हो जाये धूम धड़क्का
चौका
दे छक्का
आज हो जाये हो जाये धूम धड़क्का
चौका
दे छक्का
आज हो जाये हो जाये धूम धड़क्का
चौका
दे छक्का
आज हो जाये हो जाये धूम धड़क्का
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे
दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे
दे दे
दे चौका
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे
दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे
दे दे
दे छक्का
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे
दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे
दे दे
धूम धड़क्का
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे
दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे
दे दे

क्या मोड़े
क्या तोड़े
तू ना किसी को भी छोड़े
ना नापे
ना तोले
सब हिल हिल हिल हिल डोले
तूने नटखट
यूं झटपट
क्या जादू चलाया सरपट
तेरी हरकत
है आफत
तक धिनक धिनक धिन तक तक

तू कर दे
धमाका
अब सब से ले ले तू पंगा
तू कर दे
धमाका
चल आज मचा दे दंगा
दे चौका
दे छक्का
चौका
दे छक्का
आज हो जाये हो जाये धूम धड़क्का
चौका
दे छक्का
आज हो जाये हो जाये धूम धड़क्का
चौका
दे छक्का
आज हो जाये हो जाये धूम धड़क्का

आss आss आsss
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे
दे दे
आss आss आsss
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे
दे चौका
(आss आss आsss)
(दे दे दे दे)
(दे दे दे दे)
(दे)
दे छक्का
(आss आss आsss)
(दे दे दे दे)
(दे दे दे दे)
(दे)
धूम धड़क्का
(आss आss आsss)
(दे दे दे दे)
(दे दे दे दे)
(दे)
दे दे दे दे
दे दे दे दे
दे
धड़क्का


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4908 Post No. : 16720

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 match against 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 India 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 matching 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. 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

हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)
हम्म म्म म्म
हम्म म्म म्म
(हे)

 


This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Date: – 11.12.2021

Today is 11th December’2021 and its still thirteen days’ wait for the release of the movie ‘83’ on the big screen. I am eagerly waiting to watch this movie on its very first day and if possible, I will be watching its ‘first show’ whether it’s a morning or noon show 😊

In fact, I am waiting for this movie for more than a year since it was originally planned for a theatrical release in April’2020. However due to ‘Corona Pandemic’ its release kept getting postponing to new dates and nfinally it will be released on 24th December2021.

The year 1983 has been an important year of my life when I appeared for my tenth standard board exams in March-April 1983, and we were waiting for the results to be declared in June 1983.
Secondly it was the most memorable year for us- cricket loving and cricket playing boys- as India emerged victorious in the ‘1983’ cricket world cup.

I got to watch the teaser of this movie around 29th November 2021, and the teaser mentioned that the official trailer of the movie would be released on 30th November’2021. So, I was eagerly waiting to watch the ‘trailer’ because the teaser itself was very interesting.

On 30th November I watched the trailer of this movie, and I was lost in nostalgia of this famous win of Indian Cricket Team. Since then, I have been regularly watching the trailer (in Hindi and other languages) twice or thrice daily.

On 6th December2021 this song ‘lehraa do’ from this movie was released on YT and it gives me goose bumps everytime I watch it. I am thrilled and now impatiently waiting for the release of this movie in theatres. I am sure I am going to enjoy it on the big screen, with emotions and memories playing in the ‘flashback’ in my mind.

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Date: – 17.12.2021

One week to go for ‘83’ to release in theatres. As said earlier I am already very excited to watch this movie on big screen. For the last few days I have been watching its trailer daily . On the last Sunday I watched the trailer and its song ‘lehraa do’ again on my TV at home (earlier I was watching it on the laptop 😊).

Due to my regular clicking to this movie trailer and other associated visuals of the 1983 world cup, the suggestions appearing on YT are also filled with the videos of the interviews of the real heroes of the 1983 cup, their appearances on TV show, there appearances on the launch of the movie, its poster, and similar things.

Other than the trailer of this movie ‘83’ what I watched during the recent days is the highlights of the final match of ‘world cricket cup 1983’, and highlights of the semifinal between India and England.

I repeatedly watched the famous catch of Vivian Richards by Kapil Dev in the finals.

TV had not arrived in our colony when India won the world cup in 1983. We had to listen to the commentary on Radio only. However, the ‘video parlors’ had come up in the nearest city – Akola. The operators arranged the video of the finals, after India’s famous win, for a ticket of Rs. 10/- with a complimentary cold drink.

I recall that the print of the video was not good or it may have been a copied version. But whatever was available was enough for us to enjoy the win. (My board exam results were already declared on 17th June, and I had passed in first class with 72% marks only. And now I was applying for polytechnic courses and filling up forms and submitting them. This gave me chance of visiting the city frequently. Slowly I was more on watching movies in theatres and video parlors. 😊 )

Coming back to cricket again, I was discussing about the memories of ‘world cup 1983’. As mentioned earlier, we (me and group of friends) enjoyed all the matches while listening to the commentary on Radio/Transistors.

I could not forget how I walked alone in the ground near my house with my transistor to listen to the commentary of the India-Zimbabwe match of 18th June’1983.

I recall that I had gone to the city Akola on this day of 18th June’1983. I no longer recall the purpose of that visit.

I came back from Akola by train to Paras. Reaching there I could not get any transport and decided to go home by walking. On the way I was asking friends (who had their homes on the way) the score of the match which was played between India and Zimbabwe.

I was shocked to know that India had already lost four wickets. By the time I reached home and grabbed the control of the transistor. The commentary with lot of disturbance in the network, informed me that India had lost five wickets.

In order to get better reception, I took the transistor to open field near our house where we used to play cricket. By this time Kapil Dev had started scoring runs and I was holding the transistor closer to my ears not to miss the exciting commentary of that ‘famous match’.
When I try to recollect, I can not remember more than this (now my memory is also deteriorating day by day I think 😊)

My guess is that the story of this match must be the ‘high-point’ of this movie, or it could be more than that. We all are aware that no camera team was available that day at the Royal Tunbridge Wells stadium to cover the visuals of this match. So, the video of this match is not available. (However, some photographs (very few) are said to be available now).

As a cricket fan of that era what more could we ask for than a ‘complete movie’ on this historic India win where Kapil Dev led the team to this triumph.

The eager wait is finally over. We are going to enjoy the ‘true story’ on the bigger screens on the coming 24th december 2021. Watching the movie-trailers, and other promos almost daily, has put me in full ‘83’ mode now … Other than this I also enjoyed a TV show/s where all the members of this team come together and shared the anecdotes of the tournament.
Moreover, there is one clip of the launch of the poster of the movie in Chennai and here we have Kapil Dev, Srikkanth, Kamal Hasan, other promoters of the movie and all the team member actors 😊

I had forgotten many statistics of this tournament for India’s matches so I revisited them on wiki-pages and revived the nostalgia associated with those beautiful days.

At this point we will have a brief look on India’s journey in this tournament.

SNo. Date Opponent Team Ground Scores (India/ Other Team) Result of the match
GROUP MATCHES
01 09.06.1983 West Indies Old Trafford, Manchester 262/8, 228 India won by 34 runs
02 11.06.1983 Zimbabwe Grace Road, Leicester 157/5, 155 India won by 5 wickets
03 13.06.1983 Australia Trent Bridge, Nottingham 158, 320/9 Australia won by 162 runs
04 15.06.1983 West Indies The Oval, London 216, 282/9 West Indies won by 66 runs
05 18.06.1983 Zimbabwe Nevill ground, Royal Tunbridge Wells 266/8. 235 India won by 31 runs
06 20.06.1983 Australia County ground, Chelmsford 247. 129 India won by 118 runs
KNOCK-OUT MATCHES
07 22.06.1983 England Old Trafford, Manchester 217/04. 217 India won by 6 wickets
FINALS
08 25.06.1983 West Indies Lords, London 183, 140 India won by 43 runs

One thing I specially want to mention here is about the atmosphere at the night of 25th June’1983. Everybody at home and in the neighborhood were all excited and celebrating the win. I went to sleep to rise as early as possible the next day. And while the evening of 25th June’1983 was great for all, the morning of 26th June’1983 was not less than that. There were more celebrations. All the newspapers were carrying the news of India’s historic win.

Our group of cricket-playing boys had gathered and took a round of the whole colony decorating the roads and walls of common places like club etc. we were ‘shouting’ 😊 slogans of India’s win and roaming around with joy. That was a very ‘special Sunday’ for all Indians.

At this point I would like to reproduce a brief from the ‘Moments of History’ on completion of India’s 64 years of freedom on August 15th, 2011. This was shared to me by my Guruji on mail. The winning of 1983 world cup is mentioned as below in the ‘visual chronology of post-Independent India-moments that stood out in each year of the nation’s triumphant, troubled history’ –

1983 – Kapil’s Devils go from underdogs to top dogs

Seen as underdogs going into the tournament with no hopes of clearing the league matches, the Kapil Dev-led Indian cricket team triumphed over all odds, including wagers of 100-1 in favour of the Windies in the finals of the World Cup. With a modest score of 183 to defend, the match, and subsequently the trophy, belonged to the Indian medium-pacers. When Balwinder Singh Sandhu swung the ball, Gordon Greenidge had no other choice but to edge it, helping India to its first wicket. WI’s swashbuckling batsmen had a rather meek task of adding runs to the scoreboard in little trickles, but some smart bowling, swift fielding and superlative catches by the Indian team ensured that the Cup belonged to India and India alone on that unforgettable day of June 25, 1983.

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19.12.2021

The online advance bookings for the movie ‘83’ has started from today. As I mentioned earlier, I am going to book tickets for first day first show. The earliest show starts at 08:00 in the morning. And next is 08:15 am and 08:30 am at different locations. I should be able to catch the 08:30 show. 😊

Earlier I had planned that my younger daughter and I could be going to watch this movie as other members would be busy. But now my wife is also insisting to watch the first day – first show with me 😊. Watching the trailers of the movie have triggered her interest to watch this movie with me 😊

One slight change – now my elder daughter will be joining us in watching this movie. One family friend from her office will also join us. My younger daughter will not be able to come as she has coaching assignment that day. Maybe she will join me in my repeat watch of this movie. 😊

Meanwhile the movie’s promotional video was shown at ‘Burj Khalifa- UAE’ on 16.12.2021 evening.

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22.12.2021

As in the news now, the movie has been screened for special invites and dignitaries. Everybody is praising the director of this movie Kabir Khan and main actor Ranveer Singh. The transformation of the actors into the ‘83’ players and their nuanced performances have been appreciated by all ‘reviews’ so far.

Also, the movie is carrying many things not known to us e.g., what was going in the minds of the players then in 1983, what personal problems they faced, and how they kept playing against all odds to win the cup.

Regarding the players of this 1983 Team, I would just quote here what Kapil Paa ji has said about his teammates on TV when the movie was launched.
“inko handle karnaa aasaan nahin tha. Ye bade character hain, aap ke liye bahot mushkil kaam honewaala hai aise character dhoondhne India mein. Aap ko nahin mil sakte, aap koshish kar sakte hain, par mil nahin sakte”

I guess Kapil Dev is saying this to the director of this movie Kabir Khan when they launched this movie four years back.

I remember the book which I had read in 2015-16 wherein Balwinder Singh Sandhu is the co-author of the book. This book is ‘The Devil’s Pack’. I would suggest that all cricket lovers of that era and current era should read this book.

Here is the brief about this book. (Reproduced from amazon.in).

When India participated in the 1983 Cricket World Cup, a handful of cricketing pundits singled the team out as a dark horse, but few expected them to win. They were up against the West Indies, England Australia, Zimbabwe, and Pakistan, all of whom had a greater reputation. India had also performed disastrously in the two previous world cup editions. But there was something different about the Indian squad of 1983. Each player in that team dreamt big, worked hard, contributed immensely to the team effort and above all, truly loved the game. Led from the front by Kapil Dev, it was a team whose members were intriguing personalities, many of whom went on to be cricketing legends.

In this book, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, a member of that 1983 squad, talks about his team-mates, drawing an intimate portrait of India’s cricketing greats. He reveals previously unknown facts about the players, the stress they faced, their behaviour off the field and how they pushed one another to excel. The Devil’s Pack is the story of a group of cricketers, seen from up-close and how they conquered the cricketing world against all odds.

***

Today we are going to enjoy this song from the movie, which is composed by Pritam, sung by Arijit Singh, and written by Kausar Munir from this movie ‘83’.

‘83’ is directed by Kabir Khan for – Reliance Entertainment, Phantom Films, Vibri Media, KA Productions, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Kabir Films.

This movie has Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Pankaj Tripathi, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jiva, Saqib Saleem, Jatin Sarna, Chirag Patil, Dinkar Sharma, Nishant Dahiya, Harrdy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar, Ammy Virk, Adinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa, R. Badree, Neena Gupta, Boman Irani, Aditi Arya, Satish Alekar, Wamiqa Gabbi and others.

‘83’ is based on ‘India’s journey at the 1983 Cricket World Cup’.

This movie is produced by Deepika Padukone, Kabir Khan, Vishnuvardhan Induri, Sajid Nadiadwala, Reliance Entertainment, Phantom Films and 83 Films Ltd.

Screenplay of this movie is written by Kabir Khan, Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan and Vasan Bala.

Dialogues of this movie are written by Kabir Khan and Sumit Arora. Editing of this movie is done by Nitin Baid.
Cinematography of this movie is done by Aseem Mishra.

Music for songs of this movie is composed by Pritam and background score is composed by Julius Packiam.

This movie has four songs composed by Pritam and written by Kausar Munir, Ashish Pandit, Jaideep Sahni and Prashant Ingole. Arijit Singh, Benny Dayal and Amit Mishra have given their voices to the songs in this movie …

So, everything is set now …

With today’s song the movie ‘83’ being released in theatres today – makes its debut on the blog today.

I am signing off from writing this article today on 22.12.2021 evening and sending it to our respected editors for further needful 😊

I hope you enjoyed my feelings and all about ‘1983’ ‘Cricket World Cup’ and the movie ‘83’. (It is possible that when this article is posted on the blog I may be in theatres watching this movie on 24.12.2021)

Enjoy the movie in the theatres and enjoy this song on the blog …

Video (Partial)

Audio (Full)

Song-Lehra do lehra do(83)(2021) Singer-Arijit Singh, Lyrics-Kausar Munir, MD-Preetam
Chorus

Apna hai din ye aaj ka aa aa
duniya se jaa ke bol do
bol do
aise jaago re saathhiyon
duniya ki aankhen khol do
khol do
lehra do o o
lehra do
sarkashi ka parcham lehra do
gardish mein aen phir apni
sarzameen ka parcham lehra do
lehra do o lehra do
sarkashi ka parcham lehra do
gardish mein aen phir apni
sarzameen ka parcham lehra do

ho
haathh dhhar Ke baithhne se
kya bhala kuchh hota hai
ho haathh dhar ke baithhne se
kya bhala kuchh hota hai

ja lakeeron ko dikha
kya zor e baazu hota hai
ja lakeeron ko dikha
kya zor e baaju hota hai

himmat e mardaan agar ho
sang Khuda bhi hota hai
jaa zamaane ko dikha de
khud mein dum kya hota hai
lehra lo o lehra do
sarkashi ka parcham lehra do
gardish mein phir apni
sarzameen k parcham lehra do
lehra do o lehra do
sarkashi ka parcham lehra do
gardish mein phir apni
sarzameen ka parcham lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
lehra do
sarkashi ka parcham lehra do
gardish mein phir apni
sarzameen ka parcham lehra do

—————————————-
Devanagari Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
—————————————

अपना है दिन ये आज का आ आ
दुनिया से जा के बोल दो ओ
बोल दो
ऐसे जागो रे साथियों ओ ओ ओ
दुनिया की आँखें खोल दो ओ
खोल दो
लहरा दो ओ ओ
लहरा आ दो ओ
सरकशी का परचम लहरा दो ओ
गर्दिश में ए ए फिर अपनी ई
सरज़मीन का परचम लहरा दो ओ

लहरा दो ओ ओ
लहरा आ दो ओ
सरकशी का परचम लहरा दो ओ
गर्दिश में ए ए फिर अपनी
सरज़मीन का परचम लहरा दो ओ

हो ओ हाथ धर के बैठने से
क्या भला कुछ होता है
हो ओ हाथ धर के बैठने से
क्या भला कुछ होता है
जा लकीरों को दिखा
क्या ज़ोर ए बाजू होता है
जा लकीरों को दिखा
क्या ज़ोर ए बाजू होता है
हिम्मत ए मर्दा अगर हो तो
संग खुदा भी होता है
जा ज़माने को दिखा दे
खुदमें दम क्या होता है
लहरा दो ओ ओ
लहरा दो ओ
सरकशी का परचम लहरा दो ओ
गर्दिश में ए ए फिर अपनी
सरज़मीन का परचम लहरा दो ओ
लहरा दो ओ
लहरा दो ओ
सरकशी का परचम लहरा दो ओ
गर्दिश में ए ए फिर अपनी
सरज़मीन का परचम लहरा दो

लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो

लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो

लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो

लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो
लहरा दो ओ ओ
लहरा दो ओ
सरकशी का परचम लहरा दो ओ
गर्दिश में ए ए फिर अपनी
सरज़मीन का परचम लहरा दो


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