Review by Chandra Mohan
Before getting into the review part, let me just put across something that had a lasting impact from watching the film 1983. The movie ends with the words "Filmed by an avid Sachin Tendulkar fan". Being a hardcore fan of the legend, I was deeply touched by this.
Cricket fans across the length and breadth of this country can't forget the year 1983. Even if one was not lucky enough to witness Kapil's devils lift the coveted World Cup title, the year is so special for an avid cricket fan.
Now Abrid Shine's debut movie titled 1983 begins from the same year when India won the World Cup and narrate the story of a group of youngsters in a remote village who are passionate about the game of cricket.
The film is entertaining as well as refreshing. Refreshing in the sense that the choice of the story and the backdrop around which it is told is something new and fresh.
Not that a cricket story has been narrated for the first time on screen but the way it has been presented and how the treatment has been given to the story by a debutant director deserves praise. The film has some fine moments that will lift your energy.
The plot revolves around the dreams and aspirations of Rameshan and begin from the year when India won the title for the first time. From there, gradually the story narrates the different stages of his life; his school days, his youth, his romance with his class mate, married life etc etc. Cricket is there as the backdrop for the most part and lovers of the game can easily relate emotionally with the movie.
The first half has more energy and pace compared to the latter half where the pace slackens a bit becoming a predictable affair but at no point the focus is lost. The beginning part along with the title credits and the first half hour is something every fan of the game would clap.
Nivin Pauly has done his job as Rameshan and he has taken effort to portray a character that pass through different stages of his life. This is one of the challenging role of his brief career. Nikki as Manjula was ok but something was wrong on dubbing part. Joy Mathew as hero's father was the notable supporting actor along with Saiju Kurup, Srinda Ashab, Jacob Gregory and Joju George. The cricket team from the village, some familiar and some unfamiliar actors were equally good.
Anoop Menon made a brief appearance as a coach and former State player and he did his part to make an impression. Also, credit goes to the child artists who portrayed the characters of Junior Rameshan and Junior Manjula.
Cinematography was well handled while Gopi Sundar's music and BGM was another highlight of the film. Among the songs, it is the melodius number Olanjaali Kuruvi sung by Jaychandran and Vani Jayaram that stood out from the rest.
On the whole, it was a pleasurable movie watching experience and I am sure the film won't disappoint you as a time pass entertainer. And if you are a passionate cricket lover, the level of enjoyment would be more. 3.5 out of 5 is my rating for the movie.
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I am Chandra Mohan, a passionate movie buff. Connect with me through my review page