Arjun Kapoor plays Kapil Dev in his next film

Whether one was a witness to the moment or not, the memory of Kapil Dev lifting the World Cup trophy at London’s Lord’s stadium in 1983 is etched in the mind of every Indian.

It’s surprising that in a time when fact is picked over fiction by scriptwriters, and biopics are the flavour of the season, India’s first historic win on a global platform hadn’t caught the fancy of Bollywood directors. That is until now.

Filmmaker Kabir Khan is set to create a cinematic adaptation of team India’s first World Cup win, 35 years after the men in blue defeated West Indies. A source tells mid-day, “A mammoth event is being planned to announce the film on September 27. The makers hope that the Indian players who brought the cup home will grace the occasion.”

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