’83 Actor Tahir Raj Bhasin opens up on his preparation to look and play exactly like Sunil Gavaskar

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Published by Amrit Santlani on 12 Jul 2019

Kabir Khan is all set to relive the magical moment when India lifted the World Cup trophy after winning the match against West Indies in the year 1983. The film is titled as ’83 for obvious reason and has Ranveer Singh playing the role of then skipper Kapil Dev.

Not just Padmaavat actor there will be others too who will be playing crucial roles one of which is actor Tahir Raj Bhasin, who will be seen stepping in the shoes of the cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar.

Tahir made a vowed debut through Rani Mukherji’s film Mardaani in which he played a negative role of a kingpin of a child trafficking racket. He is these days shooting for the film ’83 and in a recent interview he opened up about the way he is preparing for his role in the film, after having never played cricket professionally.

In an interview, he revealed it took him six months to get his body language like that of Gavaskar. He said, “When I started my cricket coaching, I realized that the way I hold the cricket bat was not textbook form. Like most kids growing up, I have only played gully cricket recreationally. So, I quickly realized how daunting the task will be to actually play the game and become the great Sunil Gavaskar.”

The actor also shared his fitness regime and said, “The first thing my coach told me was that I needed to boost my endurance and I started doing altitude training that really pushes up your stamina. I was told to add swimming to my fitness regime and also do serious weight training 3 days a week.”

Coming back to the film, it is slated to release on April 10, 2020, and will also have Deepika Padukone playing the role of Kapil Dev’s onscreen wife.

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