Saqib Saleem, who is giving finishing touches to his performance in what is undoubtedly 2020’s most anticipated film – ’83, is absolutely excited to play Mohinder Amarnath in the upcoming Ranveer Singh starrer. But the reason is not just limited to him being part of this iconic project but for what it means to him personally.
Talking about wanting to be a cricketer growing up, Saqib says, “Doing ’83 was almost like an act of fate. I grew up playing cricket wanting to go pro. I played State level U-19 but that was that. When I decided to become an actor, I knew that life was going to take a whole new path. When I heard about Kabir sir casting for 83, I chased him to ensure I was able to atleast audition.”
Saqib didn’t just have a cricketing connection with ’83, but also a solid connection with the character he plays – the man of the match of the ’83 World Cup finals – Mohinder aka Jimmy Amarnath. Says Saqib, “Mohinder Amarnath was my father’s favorite cricketer. I remember hearing some of legendary stories from my dad when I was younger. He was always an icon in my mind. When ’83 happened, I was most excited to tell my dad because not only was I getting to play him on screen, I was also going to be learning and training with the man himself. And when it all came to life, I truly felt like I was having an out of body experience.”
Interestingly enough, Saqib has another connection with Mohinder Amarnath before. They have worked together for one of his earlier films Dishoom. Saqib played a young cricketer and Mohinder Amarnath played himself who was a coach to the team.
’83, directed by Kabir Khan, is slated for April 10, 2020 release.