DeepVeer To Collaborate for '83
On-screen actor Deepika Padukone has affirmed that she will, in fact, be a part of the spouse and entertainer Ranveer Singh's upcoming film '83. While Ranveer will play pro cricketer Kapil Dev in the film, Deepika will play his significant other Romi.
Talking to in a recent interview, Deepika said, “I am so glad that Kabir (director Kabir Khan) came to me with it. This happened a couple of months ago when he was still casting the boys for the film. It’s just that I was busy with Chhapaak (her production debut, which wrapped up recently) and we were waiting for the right moment to make the announcement.”
Based on India’s cricket World Cup win in England in 1983, the film will be Deepika and Ranveer’s first collaboration since 2018’s blockbuster Padmaavat and their wedding in November. Deepika said both of their terms are as actors remain unchanged after marriage. “I can’t think of anyone else who could do justice to the role (of Kapil Dev), but if there was someone else playing him in the film, and not Ranveer, I would still do my part. This isn’t coming from a personal equation, but from my passion and enthusiasm for the film,” she said.
Talking about Romi, Deepika said that while very little is known about her, her family has been friends with the Devs for years. “There isn’t a lot of material available on her. I have met her a few times, including our wedding reception, and I have interacted with her socially over the years. I am also referring to whatever material the director’s team has sent across to me. My parents have known their family for many years. So, I feel I know her and hope that she is proud and happy with the film. I intend to connect and spend some time with her before I start filming to be able to understand her perspective better,” she said. When asked if she’ll be seen in Romi’s trademark short hair, Deepika teased that her fans would have to wait and watch.