Tahir Raj Bhasin is set to play the role of Sunil Gavaskar in the much anticipated Kabir Khan directorial ‘83, based on the Indian cricket team’s miraculous World Cup win in England in 1983. We recently saw Ranveer Singh spend 10 days with the 83 cricket captain Kapil Dev to prepare for the film and now Tahir has spent quality time with the little master as an important preparation workshop.
Tahir says, “I was looking forward to meeting the legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar to prepare for my role perfectly and I’m ecstatic that the meeting happened at Lords where the Indian cricket team won the World Cup in 83. It was incredible to spend an entire day with him exchanging notes about how I want to play the part on screen. It is a huge thrill and responsibility for me to play him and I wanted my preparation to be absolutely perfect. After meeting him, I feel much more confident about doing justice to my character.”
About the meeting, Tahir further says, “It was great that I had an open door to imbibe his aura and get an insight into the mind of a champion. I learnt about the swag that Gavaskar brought to the team in 83. It was the outcome of the legacy of his persona that he had spent over a decade building and his presence was invaluable in the dressing room. I wanted to understand his thinking, his mind set during the 83 world cup and I have got invaluable information from him that will serve as notes for me. With this wealth of knowledge about him and the team, I’m quite confident that I will do justice to him as well as the film. For me, finding the character Sunny on screen will involve projecting the gravitas and confidence that his presence brought to his fellow team mates. For Sunny Gavaskar, there was no greater thrill than winning for India and I hope my performance can evoke that sentiment from audiences.”