Jiiva is a well known face for the Telugu audiences as he was seen playing journalist in Rangam and now he is making his debut in Bollywood with an upcoming sport based drama 83, a film about the victory of the Indian cricket team at the 1983 World Cup, in which Padmavaat fame Ranveer Singh is playing the lead role. Jiiva is essaying the role of Krishnamachari Srikanth, aka Chika, his complete transformation for the film 83 surely impressed everyone who got a glimpse of his look. But apparently, the transformation was no easy task for Jiiva.
Jiiva attended an interview and spoke about 83, he said, “The transformation didn’t happen overnight. I grew my hair and moustache for my look in the film, the preparation for the role was very nuanced.”
Jiiva revealed that moulding his style into that of Krishnamachari Srikanth was a tough task for him. He took the help of veteran cricketer Balwanth Singh Sandhu who guided him. Singam Puli fame Jiiva added, “I breathed this character and lived the role, and playing him perfectly was a big deal for me.”
Earlier in an interview, Jiiva had said, “I feel proud and honoured to act as Krishnamachari Srikanth in ’83. In the history of Indian cricket, only a few players from Tamil Nadu are well known and the most important one among them is Krishnamachari Srikanth.”
83 is directed by Kabir Khan of Bajrangi Bhaijaan fame, and is being jointly produced by Reliance Entertainment, Phantom Films, and Vibri Media. According to the makers, 83 will focus more on the cricket and how the team won the World Cup.