Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone as Kapil Dev and Romi Dev in 83.
The first look of Deepika Padukone from Kabir Khan directorial 83 is out. The actor plays former Indian cricketer Kapil Dev's wife Romi Dev. And, if the photo is anything to go by, Deepika has nailed the look.
In the photo, shared by the makers, Deepika as Romi Dev and Ranveer as Kapil Dev stand beside each other smiling.
Sharing her experience of working in 83, Deepika wrote on Instagram, "To be able to play a small part in a film that captures one of the most iconic moments in sporting history has been an absolute honour. Ive seen very closely the role a wife plays in the success of her husband’s professional and personal aspirations in my mother and 83 for me in many ways is an ode to every woman who puts her husband’s dream before her own...#thisis83."
Ranveer also shared the photo on social media and described Deepika's character as "The Wind beneath my Wings ❤ The Heart of the Hurricane."
He had earlier expressed his happiness about Deepika Padukone being a part of 83. He credited Kabir Khan for the ‘genius casting’. “Who better to play My Wifey than My Wifey?! @deepikapadukone plays Romi Dev in @83thefilm !!! Genius casting courtesy @kabirkhankk #83squad,” he wrote on Instagram.
Cricketer Kapil Dev with his wife Romi. (Express archive photo)
This will be Deepika and Ranveer’s first on-screen appearance after getting married in 2018.
Commenting on casting Deepika as Romi Dev, Kabir Khan said in a statement, "I have always thought of Deepika as a phenomenal actress and when I was thinking of casting for Romi Dev’s role, I could only think of Her. Romi has disarmingly charming and positive energy and Deepika has captured that with perfection. Her easy chemistry with Ranveer will also greatly help in portraying the relationship that Kapil Dev and Romi share. I’m delighted that Deepika has been such an integral part of our journey for 83.”
83 traces India’s first-ever cricket world cup victory in 1983. It is touted to be one of the biggest sports movies of all times with an impressive ensemble cast. While Ranveer Singh plays Kapil Dev, 83 also has Tahir Raj Bhasin as Sunil Gavaskar, Saqib Saleem as Mohinder Amarnath, Ammy Virk as Balwinder Sandhu, Jiiva as Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Sahil Khattar as Syed Kirmani, Chirag Patil as Sandeep Patil, Adinath Kothare as Dilip Vengsarkar, Dhairya Karwa as Ravi Shastri, Harrdy Sandhu as Madan Lal and Pankaj Tripathi as PR. Man Singh.
The film is scheduled to hit theaters on April 10.