’83 (2021)

Ranveer Singh, as legendary Indian cricketer Kapil Dev, stands in the centre of the frame holding a cricket bat. He has one leg in the air and his body is turned slightly as if he has just swung the bat in his hands. Singh has curly black hair and a thick moustache. He wears a cricket kit, including tight white trousers, large white knee pads, large white cricket gloves with red dots over the fingers, and a white V-neck knitted jumper with blue, yellow and black stripes on the end of the sleeves, around the collar and around the trim. Behind him, blurred out, are a crowd of spectators watching on.

Ranveer Singh in ’83 © Reliance Entertainment

Director: Kabir Khan
Starring: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Jiiva, Saqib Saleem
Production Company: Reliance Entertainment, Vibri Media, Kabir Khan Films, KA Productions, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Phantom Films
Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Nevill Cricket Ground Tunbridge Wells

’83 (2021) from Reliance Entertainment and Vibri Media recalls the events of one of India’s most defining sporting moments when in 1983, Kapil Dev, portrayed by Ranveer Singh (Kill Dil, Gully Boy) captains the Indian cricket team to their first ever World Cup victory.

Directed by Kabir Khan (Ek Tha Tiger, Kabul Express), ’83 also features Deepika Padukone (Om Shanti Om, Chennai Express) as Dev’s wife Romi, Jiiva (Kee, Mugamoodi) as Srikkanth and Saqib Saleem (Race 3, Dil Junglee) as Amarnath.

The summer of 2019 saw production visit The Historic Dockyard in Chatham and The Nevill Cricket Ground in Tunbridge Wells. A scene depicting an altercation between two rivalling groups of cricket fans was filmed on Ropery Street at The Historic Dockyard, but we believe this did not make the final cut. Other Bollywood productions to have filmed here include Rustom (2016) and Pagalpanti (2019) .

The Nevill Cricket Ground was used as itself, re-creating Kapil Dev’s famous score of 126 runs in a match against Zimbabwe on June 18th, 1983. To commemorate the historic sporting event, a plaque at the pavilion was unveiled by Kapil Dev, the film’s director Kabir Khan and actor Ranveer Singh.

From left to right, cricketer Kapil Dev, ’83 director Kabir Khan, and actor Ranveer Singh. The three pose for a photo in Nevill Cricket Ground. Dev has grey hair and a thick moustache, and wears a white button up shirt, blue suit trousers with a black belt, and black sunglasses which are hanging from his shirt. Khan has black hair and a short beard and wears a brown jacket with a navy-blue collar. Singh has black hair and a thick moustache and wears a white cricketer uniform, including a knitted white V-neck jumper.

Kapil Dev, Kabir Khan, and Ranveer Singh at Nevill Cricket Ground in Tunbridge Wells © Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club

The plaque at Nevill Cricket Ground in Tunbridge Wells which commemorates cricketer Kapil Dev’s performance at the 1983 Cricket World Cup. The plaque reads: ‘Kapil Dev and Royal Tunbridge Wells. To commemorate the historic innings of 175 by India’s Kapil Dev at the Cricket World Cup, here at the Nevill Ground, home of Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club, on June 18th, 1983. India went on to win the Cup. And more than a quarter of a century later, in Cricket World Cup year, to mark the filming on the same ground in July 2019, of a re-enactment of the innings which made Kapil a legend, as part of the Indian Sports’ drama film entitled ’83’, directed by Kabir Khan with Ranveer Singh playing the part of Kapil Dev.’

Plaque commemorating Kapil Dev at Nevill Cricket Ground, Tunbridge Wells © Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tunbridge Wells, situated in Western Kent, was a fashionable spa resort in the mid-1700s, maintaining much of the stylish Georgian architecture including an entire period shopping street called The Pantiles. Recent productions to film in the area include Queens of Mystery (2019) and The Royals Season 4 (2018).

Set on the River Medway The Historic Dockyard Chatham was once an active Royal Navy shipyard and is one of the most popular Kent filming locations, recent productions to film at the Dockyard include The Nevers (2021), Bridgerton (2020) and The Crown Series 1 – 4 (2016-2020).

’83 will be released in UK cinemas on Thursday 23rd December 2021.

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map.


Paani Ch Madhaani (2021)

A couple stands in the middle of a city street in front of a blue VW campervan. Both stare lovingly at each other. The woman is wearing long flowy orange trousers, a long white and orange speckled top with the sleeves rolled up, a white knitted vest, a pair of brown slip-on shoes and an orange headscarf. She is holding a bunch of red roses and has a brown and white bag on her arm. The man has mid-length brown hair brushed away from his face and tidy facial hair. He wears a brown tweed vintage style jacket with a dark green checked shirt underneath, baggy light brown trousers and brown shoes. He is holding a wooden rectangular instrument case. The Title Paani Ch Madhaani is written across the bottom third of the movie poster.

Paani Ch Madhaani Film Poster © Dara Films Entertainment

Director: Vijay Kumar Arora
Starring: Neeru Bajwa, Gippy Grewal, Rene Costa
Production Company: Dara Films Entertainment
Kent Locations Used: Canterbury, Herne Bay, Ramsgate Marina

Paani Ch Madhaani (2021) follows the story of Gulli (Gippy Grewal), a rising star in the music world in 1980, who is waiting for his big break. Eventually, Gulli decides that the secret to success is becoming a duo and teams up with another singer, Gazal (Neeru Bajwa). The film follows the ups, downs and hardships of trying to make it in the business, and a burgeoning friendship that may turn into romance.

The rom-com was directed by Vijay Kumar Arora (Prince’s Son, A Flying Jatt) and stars Neeru Bajwa (Munda Hi Chahida, Shaada), Gippy Grewal (Daaka, Ardaas Karaan)  and Rene Costa (Holby City, Jawaani Jaaneman).

During filming, production visited Herne Bay, Canterbury, and Ramsgate Marina.

Scenes at Herne Bay include shots of the Clock Tower, Pier and Central Parade. Herne Bay is a coastal seaside town near Canterbury and is known for its 2-mile-long coastline, colourful beach huts, promenade, pier, and historical bandstand. Many productions have filmed here before including High End Yaariyaan (2019) and Two Weeks to Live (2020).

Production filmed a romantic song at Ramsgate Marina. Ramsgate is a thriving seaside town with beautiful Victorian terraced housing, a Marina, Port and Promenade. It often doubles for period London streets. Productions such as The Flood (2019) and Juliet, Naked (2018) have previously filmed here.

Scenes were also filmed in Canterbury City Centre. Canterbury is a historic cathedral city; the Cathedral is amongst the oldest in England. The city is a popular tourist destination which boasts a modern shopping complex with many restaurants and bars. Canterbury Prison is a popular filming location, with recent productions including Break (2020) and Avengement (2019).

Paani Ch Madhaani will be released in select UK cinemas on Friday 5th November 2021.

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map.