Singer-actor Harrdy Sandhu on Wednesday posted a fun video of him and his 83 co-star Ranveer Singh dancing to his hit number Bijlee Bijlee. They were joined by former cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth. 83 is based on Team India’s underdog victory at the 1983 cricket World Cup, and was released in theatres on Friday.
The video appears to be from the premiere, which was held last week in Mumbai. It shows Ranveer, Harrdy and Srikkanth on a stage, and Ranveer saying, “Hey DJ, play that funky song.” As the two start dancing, Srikkanth displays some energetic moves. Ranveer gestures to him to follow Harrdy’s steps, but the former crickets gives up on that idea almost immediately, and begins dancing to his own beat. Ranveer briefly has to pull him back after he comes close to falling off the stage. One person wrote in the comments section, “Are yaar baaki tho teekh hai shrikant sir ka dance notice Kiya ya ni kise na (Everybody’s alright, but did you notice Srikkanth sir’s dancing)?” Others also appreciated his spirit in comments. “He truly dances like no one is watching,” wrote another fan.
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Many such videos emerged from the 83 premiere. A couple of behind-the-scenes clips showed Ranveer and his wife Deepika Padukone also dancing to Bijlee Bijlee; another video showed former cricketer Mohinder Amarnath presenting actor Saqib Saleem with a special red handkerchief after the screening, after being moved by his performance in the film. Saqib plays him in 83, while Srikkanth is played by Jiiva.
Directed by Kabir Khan, 83 was released in theatres after being delayed by more than a year due to the pandemic. The film has been chugging along at the box office, with over Rs 50 crore at the domestic box office. This number is seen as underwhelming for a film of its size, and will be impacted by the newly-introduced restrictions imposed by many state governments in response to increasing Omicron cases.