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Families of athletes get little recognition: Deepika Padukone on 83

Deepika Padukone said the reason she agreed to do Kabir Khan directorial 83 was the little recognition that an athlete's family gets in his or her success.

Deepika Padukone on why she chose 83
83 marks Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh’s first film together after marriage. (Photo: Kabir Khan/Instagram)

Deepika Padukone says her role in upcoming sports biopic 83 is small but important. In the Kabir Khan directorial, Padukone plays Romi Bhatia, the wife of former Indian cricketer Kapil Dev.

The actor said the reason she agreed to do the movie was the little recognition that an athlete’s family gets in his or her success.

“Kabir thought of me for the film. It’s a very small role. However, it is special because I feel like the role of a spouse or family is not always given enough credit. When you look at athletes and when they win and perform on an international stage, the family gets very little recognition. Keeping that in mind, I wanted to do the film,” she told reporters at IIFA Awards 2019.

83 marks Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh’s first film together after marriage. The movie, which is supposed to release next year, also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Tahi Raj Bhasin, Harrdy Sandhu, Ammy Virk and Jatin Sarna. It has been co-produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Madhu Mantena.