Marathi filmmaker Adinath Kothare roped in to play Dilip Vengsarkar in Kabir Khan’s ’83

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Marathi actor Mahesh Kothare’s son and filmmaker Adinath Kothare is making his Bollywood debut with Kabir Khan’s sports drama ’83. Adinath will play the role of former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar. Ranveer Singh will portray the role of former Indian cricket team Captain Kapil Dev. The film is based on India’s historic win in 1983 World Cup.

Dilip Vengsarkar couldn’t play the finals because of an injury on the field, which he got while facing a bouncer by Malcolm Marshall.

The film is comprised of an ensemble cast including Ammy Virk, Hardy Sandhu, Chirag Patil, Jiiva, Sahil Khattar, Saqib Saleem and Tahir Raj Bhasin.

Adinath confirmed the development and told us, “It happened in July last year. I had returned from the shoot of Paani, my debut film as a director in Marathi, in which I was also the hero. Luckily, my look for that film required me to sport a mustache. I got a call to audition for an ad film, which I didn’t get, but the same agency called me again, the very next day, to audition for 83. I think it was because of my mustache that they thought I could pass off as Dilip Vengsarkar of yore. The audition was very strange: They asked me to imitate Dilip sir and the reference video was of the press conference for the announcement of the film. He was talking to the press and I had 15 minutes to prepare and match his body language. I gave it a shot, and they seemed to like it. I was jumping with joy; it was like a moment of victory for me because I had landed a role in a Kabir Khan film. Also, I was getting an opportunity to emulate moments and a person who is etched deeply in the minds of cricket lovers in India.”

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