[alert type=green ]Read other review from Sreeju S[/alert] [dropcap size=big]1983[/dropcap], A nostalgic journey to rediscover the golden days of Cricket, where the most adherent fans treat cricket a part of their life and Sachin as their God. A wonderful tribute to the living legend Sachin Tendulkar, and for all those who loved cricket more than their life. Abrid Shine truly deserve a pat on his back for his truly refreshing, nostalgic movie 1983.
1983, is a nostalgic throwback to the days from India won their first world cup under Kapil Dev. From that day, there was a generation in the 80s and 90s, who just fell in love for the sport Cricket. The small clubs, school grounds, Paddy fields everything tuned glorious days for worshiping the sport cricket.
Abrid Shine, Photographer turned director in his first movie opens the door to witness the incredible days of cricket through the life of a group of people, their life, true love and how they grow up with the cricket. And incredible moments they treat cricket more than anything even in their difficult times.
1983 focused on the life of Ramesan (Nivin Pauly), born on the same days when India brings home the coveted trophy from Lords, there is little surprise in his love for the sport. The film goes through the memories of Ramesan from his teenage to a middle aged man. Ramesan, a really good guy who is equally a bright student, and there is little fault of his parents to dream him as an Engineer.
However the love and passion for the game Cricket, started changing his life. He started going down in his studies and he started failing in his life too. Same time he kept Cricket, very close to his heart. However, he got a true love, Manjula Sasidharan (Nikki Galrani), whom he met in a bittersweet moment when the tennis ball hit her when he was playing at school. Which she adorably kept with her then on. From their another innings of pure love too starts.
Throughout the film offers enough hilarious moments which happen both in the cricket fields and their life too. And apart from these laugh out moments, 1983 at times makes the audience to smile at some perfectly crafted scenes, and feel for them at very touchy moments. The first half is filled with full of Cricket euphoria, the love life of Ramesan, and enough laughs. Nivin Pauly, Aju Varghese, Gregory, Saiju Kurupp, Sanju and Neeraj team really done well on the screen to start that nostalgic journey of 1983.
After the much celebrated first half. The second half turns out to be serious, and it is the realization of Ramesan that, cricket is not all about the life. Like his friends he also forced to find a way for his future. And he realizes the meaning of his parents that life is more than Cricket. However, even now he loves cricket, and he watches that with his old friends whenever there is a match.
Abrid Shine, surley got a best debut, and a golden one, which is sure to get him a maiden century on his debut itself. I remember I read some where from Abrid Shine “Cricket is a part of my heart, and I am giving it to you as 1983″. True to his word 1983 reflects those words in each frames. There is an intriguing and a refreshing script from Abrid and Bipin Chandran, which travels through the memory of Ramesan in three different time intervals covering a life of a teenage boy to a middle aged man, who still keeps his love for Cricket. And there is enough tribute to Sachin Tendulkar, and it works well for most of the times. At the end an incredible film for all who love Cricket.
Pradeesh Varma’s camera gives lots of beauty and increase the nostalgic feeling of the film. And Abrid Shine a photographer himself used all the possibility to make the film a visual treat as well. Editing from Manojalso crisps. Produced by Shamsudheen under Shams Films and distributed by Lal goes through LJ Films is surely proud to be a part of such a great looking film.
Coming to the music from Gopi Sunder, it’s a gem. Where the song “Olonjali Kuruvi”, sung by legendary singers “P Jayachandran” and “Vani Jayaram” after a long time together, is the best of the lot. In the first half the song cleverly and beautifully pictured to express the love of Ramesan and Manjula.
Nivin Pauly as Ramesan brings out the best performance of him till date. From the teenage guy to middle aged man he was looking brilliant and convey all the emotions of the character perfectly. Nikki Galrani who is making her Malayalam debut should be proud of a good roll. It is wonderful to see, how she shed her usual bubbly and glamour look for a down to the earth Malayali girl. Though the dubbing could have been better.
Srinda Ashab as Susheela, the wife of Ramesan came up with another appreciable performance. The friends of Ramesan, Prajod, Saiju Kurup, Jacob Gregory, Neeraj Madhavan, Sanju, Dinesh, all done their part great. Joy Mathew, Anoop Menon as Cricket Coach, Seema as Ramesan’s mother too done their part with ease. The rest of the casts too done their part convincingly.
Finally 1983 is a nostalgic journey to the golden days of cricket. Where the life of a group of people who just love the game more than anything is pictured beautifully. A tribute to living legend of cricket. A never miss film. Take home the refreshing memories of your childhood. SACHIN …. SACHIN ….