Jiiva, who has a couple of interesting projects in the pipeline including Gypsy, Gorilla and an untitled film with Arulnithi, will essay the role of cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth in 83, directed by Kabir Khan. The film is based on India’s spectacular victory in the 1983 Cricket World Cup that took place in England. While Ranveer Singhwill be seen as Kapil Dev, speculations are rife that Deepika Padukone might play his wife, Romy. However, official confirmation is awaited.
According to sources, Jiiva had signed 83 last year in October. A source says, “Kabir Khan was particular that he wanted to rope in a Tamil actor for Srikkanth’s role. When the makers approached Jiiva for the same, he instantly agreed to come on board.”
Jiiva has, apparently, been practicing cricket for two hours every day under the guidance of former Indian Test cricketer Balwinder Singh Sandhu.