New Delhi: Ranveer Singh bagged the Best Actor of the Year award at the recently held Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IIFM). The Gully Boy star won the award for his portrayal of legendary Indian cricketer Kapil Dev in in Kabir Khan’s sports biopic 83, which celebrates India’s first Cricket World Cup win in 1983.
An elated Ranveer, while receiving the award, said “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the jury members at IFFM for bestowing me with the Best Actor of the Year Award for my role as Kapil Dev 83 one of the most loved films of my career! It’ll always be one of the most cherished films in my filmography.”
“But more than the accolades, it’s the process of making this film that I will cherish the most. I’m grateful to Kabir Sir for giving me this opportunity for guiding me and for inspiring me with his leadership. I share this honour with the cast and crew of 83 who are so dear to me, and with whom I share a very, very warm bond,” the Bajirao Mastani star added.
Ranveer dedicated his award to Kapil Dev’s World Cup-winning squad. “I dedicate this honour to Kapil’s Devils, a fine bunch of gentlemen who dared to dream, who through their efforts and achievements showed us that we Indians can be the best in the world,” he emphasised.
Apart from Ranveer, the film also features Harrdy Sandhu, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Ammy Virk, Deepika Padukone, and Pankaj Tripathi among others.
Ranveer is now waiting for the release of Rohit Shetty’s Cirkus. He will also be seen sharing screen space with Alia Bhatt in Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani.