Not Nawazuddin but Mirzapur star Pankaj Tripathi joins '83 cast!

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Bollywood actor Pankaj Tripathi is gearing up to essay the role of Man Singh in Kabir Khan's next directorial venture '83, which chronicles India’s first World Cup win in 1983. For the uninitiated, Man Singh was the manager of the Indian cricket team back then.

Sharing a picture with Tripathi, Kabir wrote on Instagram, “An actor I’m so excited to work with… He’s going to be our “Man Bhai”- the unsung hero of 1983!” Later Pankaj shared a picture of himself on Facebook and shared his excitement to be a part of such a great story and portray a legendary figure such as Man Singh in the Ranveer Singh starrer.

The makers of ’83 took to Twitter to announce the news. Their tweet read, “The man behind the champions, #ManSingh, will be played by Actor Extraordinaire @TripathiiPankaj. #CastOf83”

Singh will be seen essaying the role of Kapil Dev and he will soon begin his training with the champion soon. The cricketing legend captained the Indian squad during the 1983 World Cup. “I am looking forward to spending time with Kapil Sir. I feel like that time spent would be integral to my process of transforming myself into him,” Ranveer said in a statement.

“I want to absorb as much as I can from him. His story, his experiences, his thoughts, feelings, his expressions, his energy,” he added. The Simmba star had earlier trained with bowling great Balwinder Singh Sandhu, who will be portrayed by Punjabi singer-actor Ammy Virk in the film.

'83 also stars Chirag Patil (son of Sandip Patil), Jiiva as Krishnamachari Srikkanth and many others. The film will go on floors in May and will release on April 10, 2020.

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