Tahir Raj Bhasin's latest release, 'Chhichhore' is having an impressive run at the box office. His portrayal of Derek has also caught everyone's attention with rave reviews pouring in from all nook and corners. The actor will be next seen in Kabir Khan's much-awaited film, '83 which is based on India's historic '83 World Cup win. Starring Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev, the biopic has Tahir essaying the role of legendary former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar.
In an exclusive chat with Filmibeat.com, the 'Chhichhore' actor opened up about the pressure of playing the original little master on the big screen and his camaraderie with his co-star Ranveer. Scroll down to read what he had to say.
'It's An Honour To Play A Legend Like Gavaskar'
Tahir told Filmibeat, "There is pressure. But it's also an honour to play a legend like him. Gavaskar was India's first superstar before Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and now, Virat Kohli. To portray that and to do it with dignity and the pride which that part deserves is pressure. So, I took four months of cricket coaching with real coaches including Balvinder Singh Sandhu who was a member of the 83 squad when they won the World Cup."
'I Had To Play Like How Gavaskar Would'
He further added, "I had to play cricket not like how Tahir would. I had to play like how Gavaskar would which is a big change in my cricket form. So, there has been a lot of stress on how one would walk on the field, hold the bat because there are two things in India which everyone loves and is an expert on- films and cricket. 83' is a combination of both.
So, there is pressure but at the same time, there's excitement that I am doing something and am a part of a project that everyone is looking forward to watch."
Tahir Raj Bhasin Reveals This Quality Of Ranveer Motivated Him
The actor told us, "Ranveer Singh is treating '83 like the biggest film of his career. To see him be the first one in practice and the last one to leave, it's like a newcomer. I find his energy motivating for me."
Here's Why Tahir Was Cast In '83
Director Kabir Khan had earlier shared, "The casting of Sunil Gavaskar was important since he was one of the superstars of the team. I needed an actor with a certain gravitas to portray the Little Master. Tahir had the persona for that."
Presented by Reliance Entertainment and Produced by Madhu Mantena, Vishnu Induri and Kabir Khan, '83 stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Ammy Virk, Saqib Saleem, Hardy Sandhu, Chirag Patil, Jiiva, Adinath Kothare, Jatin Sarna, Boman Irani and Pankaj Tripathi. The film is slated to release on April 10, 2020.