The recent announcement of Deepika Paukone joining the cast of ’83 made headlines and for all the right reasons. The Kabir Khan directorial will see Ranveer Singh essaying the role of legendary cricketer Kapil Dev and will narrate the story of India’s first World Cup victory back in 1983. The Padmaavat actor will not only be co-producing the film but will also be playing Kapil Dev’s wife, Romi Bhatia. This will mark the first time the couple are going to be seen together on-screen after they tied the knot last year. Fans and the film fraternity all welcomed the news, however, there were many who wanted to know why Deepika took on the role.
Depict has finally put the questions to rest when she revealed in a recent interview her reasoning for taking on the role in the upcoming film. The 33-year-old actor stated that felt she could connect somewhere with Romi Dev’s role in Kapil Dev’s life. The Piku actor mentioned that in a sports personality’s life, his or her family needs to sacrifice a lot and that is what she had seen in her own home while growing up. On this note, Deepika said she connected with Romi Dev’s character asshe played a monumental role in Kapil Dev’s life during his captaincy during the World Cup.
“I play the role of Romi Dev, wife of Kapil Dev in the movie and she was instrumental in Kapil Dev’s success, especially when he was the captain. She was part of the support system and I feel connected to that,” the Ram Leela starlet said. She went on to add that, “I always feel that in an athlete’s life the wife and family sacrifice a lot of their own dreams to support the vision of the athlete, the goals that they set and they end up sacrificing their own career. I have seen it in my own family. My mother had been supportive to my father in his career. I think to see the human side, to see what an important role family play in success of athlete I took up this role.”
While work on ’83 commences, Deepika recently wrapped up work on Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak in which she will be seen taking on the role of real life acid attack survivor; Laxmi Agarwal. The film also stars Vikrant Massey and is slated for release next April.