This film received mixed reviews. Sajin Shrijith of The New Indian Express gave 3.5 out of 5 stars stating \"Shylock is an exuberant celebration of Mammootty, the star, that attempts to milk his charisma to the fullest\". Anjana George of The Times of India gave 3 out of 5 stars stating \"For the fans of 'mega star Mammootty', Shylock is a treat and for the followers of actor Mammootty, this is a complete 'no'.\"
Cris from The News Minute rated 3.5 out of 5 and wrote: \"Yet another Mammootty 'mass' movie that numbs the mind. It is running out of boring descriptions for itself\". Manoj Kumar R. of The Indian Express rated 1 out of 5 star and said: \"You know this story. You know how things would pan out. And you know what happens to the bad guys even before the film arrives at its depressingly predictable climax\".
It was remade in Tamil as Azhagana Naatkal in 2001. Priyadarshan himself loosely remade the film in Hindi as Hungama 2 (2021). However, a dog explosion comedy sequence from this movie had been earlier used by Priyadarshan in another Hindi movie Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar.
The film began production in April 2017 after a launch event held at Prasad Studios in Chennai. Nakkhul was revealed to be portraying an aspiring actor, while Hindi actress Aanchal Munjal was signed on to make her debut in Tamil films. The movie was directed by Malayalam film maker Raj Babu, and the cinematographer was Vijay Ulaganath. The movie is produced by Trippy Turtle Productions.
How do you select a script or a theme You have never revisited a theme although some of your films like Meesa Madhavan, Chandupottu andClassmates became cult movies in the shortest possible time and spun magic at the box office too
If a movie is close to life and if people can identify with the story or the characters, it will appeal to viewers. The trick is to make movies that feel realistic without giving it the look of a documentary. Following trends blindly does not work. For instance, there was this media hype about new-generation films. When it is not my innate style, it is silly to ape those movies or filmmakers. However, I am an avid fan of cinema and watch as many films as possible. Inside the theatre, I am a spectator. So, somewhere, there might be a palpable influence of innovations in style and narratives. Like everyone else, I am an observer of society and the changes in our lives on account of different reasons. Thus current affairs, contemporary ideas and thoughts are reflected in my films too. I am not immune to the changes around us.
83 is a 2021 Indian Hindi-language biographical sports drama film written and directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Deepika Padukone, Kabir Khan, Vishnu Vardhan Induri, Sajid Nadiadwala, Reliance Entertainment. Based on the India national cricket team led by Kapil Dev, which won the 1983 Cricket World Cup, the film's story and dialogues were co-written by Khan, along with Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, Vasan Bala and Sumit Arora. The film's sports action was directed by Rob Miller. This movie features an ensemble cast of Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Jiiva, Pankaj Tripathi, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Jatin Sarna, Chirag Patil, Dinker Sharma, Nishant Dahiya, Harrdy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar, Ammy Virk, Adinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa and R. Badree.
83 received critical acclaim. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama gave 4 stars (out of 5), saying that \"83 is a winner on pitch and on-screen too\". He further wrote \"Those who witnessed the victory would be glad to relive the experience, while those who didn't, will get a chance to witness how things unfolded during one of the greatest episodes of Indian sports history\". Rachana Dubey of The Times of India too gave four out of five stars, stating that \"You realise this film is not about winning on a world stage, it's about earning respect and director Kabir Khan does set a high benchmark for himself, once again\". She also praised Ranveer Singh's performance for enacting Kapil Dev, and further concluded \"83 does play on the nationalism rhetoric, way more than was required. At the surface, '83' is about an underdog team's win. As you go deeper, with each actor effortlessly presenting himself as an iconic cricketer from the 1983 team, you tend to feel that this picture has been crafted with a skillfully written narrative, supported by nuanced and internalised performances, and each department lending its technical brilliance to it.\" Anuj Kumar of The Hindu reviewed that \"The film not only captures the emotional heft of the success story of the underdogs, but also delivers a well-researched document in the popular idiom\".
Pooja Biraia Jaiswal of The Week gave four-and-a-half out of five stars saying \"The film is a compelling watch and you don't want to miss a single frame as every minute is accounted for\". She added, \"The profound feeling of a nation's victory; an underdog's unimaginable success and the emotional high of achieving the world's greatest title is something that the film has managed to bring out\", further praising Singh's performance and Khan's direction. Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express gave three-and-a-half out of five, stating \"Kabir Khan's '83 recreates the day of 1983 Cricket World Cup Final with fidelity, and, yes, let it be said, in full Bollywood style, suffused with song, dance, drama, colour. It pads the film with a few (fictional) elements meant strictly to play to the gallery, and it skates dangerously close to pandering to the overbearing nationalistic sentiments playing out in today's India.\" Monika Rawal Kukreja of Hindustan Times wrote that \"Making a film based on such a historic milestone was quite a risky proposition for director Kabir Khan because you can't afford to go wrong with facts here. But the minute details and nuances in the story that he highlights in the film makes you believe in his research and dedication towards the project [...] At several places, 83 gets high on nationalism, which couldn't been easily avoided. But that's something one kind of overlooks for the pride and joy you experience on seeing the team lift that trophy. If you needed a reason to walk into a theatre, 83 is that film which calls for a big screen experience.\"
Sneha Behangani of CNBC TV18 stated \"83 also plays masterfully with nostalgia and trivia. Khan ensures that he treats cricket lovers to little surprises (including but not limited to guest appurtenances and real footage) strewn carefully throughout the film.\" Stutee Ghosh of The Quint gave four out of five, stating \"83 is a competently made ode to the game of cricket and the team that made all Indians feel like champions. In its review for The Guardian, Phil Hoad gave four out of five and said \"83 doesn't delve any further than that into what degree sporting victory ever translates to social and political progress. But it is an endearing sports film with just enough awareness of where it stands, now that Britain's imperial legacy is being questioned more than ever, on a larger field.\" Nandini Ramanath of Scroll.in said \"Khan's fan tribute to a can-do and did-do spirit revivifies the black-and-white photographs, grainy footage and memories embedded in the memories of generations of Indians [...] Ranveer Singh's Kapil Dev is the man of this series for all practical purposes. Singh deftly underplays the heroics and coolly leads the ensemble cast out of the doghouse and into the big league.\" Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com gave 4 stars (out of 5) saying \"Kabir Khan's '83 is an ode to a game changing chapter of Indian cricket history, pitch-perfect partnerships between openers and tail enders, knowing your mate's strengths as well as your own, the everlasting tradition of superstitions and sledging and seizing that one moment that defines the rest of your life.\" A critic from BBC wrote \"Kabir Khan relies on well-known anecdotes to build a narrative. The film is loaded with clichés and the signature touches of his earlier films. But such is the sweet flavour of that singular victory, so thrilling the drama, that it shouldn't fail to gratify the viewer.\"
The members of the 1983 squad, Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Madan Lal praised the team after watching the premiere of the film. Gavaskar said that \"It is simply brilliant and the way every actor has got the mannerisms, the walk, the look, the style of every player was unbelievably uncanny. Full marks to Kabir Khan and his team for their efforts.\" While Shastri said that \"I was left teary-eyed while watching the movie, not because I was part of the team that won it. I really had tears in my eyes when the film got over, because it brought back so many memories\" and appreciated Kabir Khan for the direction. Madan Lal stated \"83 a must-watch, on the big screen\". Several publications listed 83 as one of the best Bollywood films of 2021, which includes: The Indian Express (Shubhra Gupta and Minnasa Shekhar), Film Companion (Anupama Chopra), Hindustan Times (Devarsi Ghosh), The Hindu (Anuj Kumar), India Today (Anandita Mukherjee) and Firstpost (Subhash K. Jha).
B. Tech is the feature directorial debut of advertisement filmmaker Mridul Nair. Produced by Maqtro Pictures, after their successful movies like C/o Sairabanu & Sunday Holiday According to Nair, the film is inspired by several real incidents and the story has been in his mind since eight years. The film was extensively shot in Bangalore.