83 The film stars a terrific line up of actors like Deepika Padukone, Pankaj Tripathi, Boman Irani, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jiiva, Saqib Saleem, Jatin Sarna, Harrdy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar, and Ammy Virk, and the top casting director, Mukesh Chhabra is responsible for bringing these talents together under one roof.
Talking about how the casting of the film was set in motion, Mukesh Chhabra said, “The best part about the casting of 83 was that everyone knows what that moment was, what that historic event was. We know these people, we have read about these people. Finally when the director Kabir Khan told me the story, I was blown away by the story, it was so important and emotional.”
He further added, “I’ve always got difficult casting projects right from ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ to ‘Delhi Crime’, this too was a difficult casting to pull off.”
A project of this scale requires clinical precision and time to give a face to the characters etched in the pages of history and the screenplay.
When Mukesh Chhabra asked if he had the luxury of time amid the crippling deadlines of this project, he said, “This film took me more than a year to cast because there were a lot of things that we needed with regards to the actors, they needed to know how to play cricket, their language and their culture had to match with corresponding characters. The idea behind casting hugely popular names like Harddy Sandhu, Ammy Virk, and Jiiva was that the whole country should connect with each character.”
Talking about the workshops for the project and the subsequent training sessions, Mukesh said, “For this film, all those who knew how to play cricket, we worked on polishing their craft and all those who knew how to act for the screen, we polished their game through training and workshops. We set up a camp where actors interacted with actual players. Every actor in this film is outstanding, you could see how closely they were observing each and every player.”
Sharing what the past few days have been like for him after the release of the much-awaited film, he said, “Post the trailer release, I have been getting a lot of calls from the people in the industry appreciating the casting of 83. I am very happy with each and every actor’s work in the film.”