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Pankaj Tripathi met the real-life PR Man Singh before portraying him in Ranveer Singh starrer 83

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 4 July 2019, 16:03 IST
Pankaj Tripathi

The National Award winning actor Pankaj Tripathi is on cloud nine for being associated with some of the biggest names in Bollywood. Currently he is all geared up shooting for his next, a magnum opus film 83 starring Ranveer Singh in lead role. The film is a real life story based on the historical win of team India in Cricket World Cup back in 1983 spearheaded headed by the captain Kapil Dev.

The film has a huge ensemble star cast and Pankaj Tripathi plays a very pivotal character of PR Man Singh, who headed the team India as the manager for the World Cup. Pankaj didn't wanted to leave any stones upturned to play such a pivotal role flew down to Hyderabad to meet the real manager PR Man Singh ahead of 83 shooting in London.


Pankaj Tripathi Man Singh

PR Man Singh has been a very strong pillar of Kapil Dev squad in 1983 world cup. Pankaj wanted to have a narrative on the real story from the man himself. Both the reel and real managers spent a good amount of time speaking on 83 World Cup trivia, factual stories, the struggles getting team to World Cup and the journey of winning the first cricket World Cup was narrated by Mr Singh which made Pankaj fell into tears. The entire conversation and experience helped Pankaj to built his character which will be an ode to PR Man Singh from Pankaj.


Pankaj Tripathi Man Singh

Pankaj said, "It was an amazing experience meeting PR Man Singh. He has an incredible love and passion towards the game of cricket even today. He is a very disciplined person. He has created a huge Museum in his house in Hyderabad with cricketing memorabilia. I got emotional couple of times listening to his stories and life journey. His life is very inspiring for others, his passion and love towards cricket is simply amazing. I also met his family members and they all stood firmly like a pillar with PR Man Singh on his decisions. As an actor I am trying with sincerity to portray PR Man Singh with best of my abilities displaying his school of thoughts and justify this role by reflecting his ideology and faith onscreen for the game of cricket."

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First published: 4 July 2019, 16:03 IST