Producer-director Sajid Nadiadwala has come on board to back Kabir Khan’s sports drama, ’83’, along with Madhu Mantena and Anil Dhirubhai Ambani’s Reliance Entertainment. Nadiadwala and Mantena will also co-produce three more films over a period of three years.
’83’ revolves around India’s first victory in cricket World Cup (in 1983), and features Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev, India’s captain. The film, which will be made in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, is also Singh’s first trilingual project.
The movie has been creating a lot of buzz ever since it was announced, and now, with Nadiadwala turning co-producer, the team is optimistic that he will further broaden its horizons. Nadiadwala is counted among the most successful producers in Bollywood, with his banner having close to 65 years of experience in the Indian entertainment business. The producer, who is known for impressive production values, owns some of B-Town’s popular franchises, including ‘Housefull’, ‘Baaghi’ and ‘Judwaa’.
Nadiadwala says, “All four scripts are excellent. As a producer, one has to commit to the content more than anything else. Coming on board for ’83 is a feeling of personal joy, as I saw that glorious moment on live television. There are certain projects that develop an aura around them and ’83 is one of them.”
Mantena shared, “Sajid is one of the most valuable anchors a film can get. He has an astute understanding of content and business and is completely hands-on as a producer. We will immensely benefit from this partnership.”