1983 (film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed by Abrid Shine
Produced by Shamsudheen
Screenplay by Abrid Shine
Bipin Chandran
Story by Abrid Shine
Starring Nivin Pauly
Anoop Menon
Nikki Galrani
Srinda Ashab
Music by Gopi Sunder
Cinematography Pradeesh Varma
Edited by Manoj
Shams Films
Distributed by LJ Films (India) / PJ Entertainments & Tricolor Entertainments.
Release dates
  • 31 January 2014 (2014-01-31)
Country India
Language Malayalam

1983 is an Indian 2014 Malayalam coming-of-age sports drama film directed by fashion photographer Abrid Shine, who has written the story and co-written the script with Bipin Chandran.[1][2] The film produced under the banner of Shams Films stars Nivin Pauly in lead role. Anoop Menon, Nikki Galrani, Joy Mathew, Srinda Ashab, Jacob Gregory, Saiju Kurup, Shine Tom Chacko, Dinesh, Sui Joseph, Neeraj Madhav and Sanju, make up the rest of the cast. Pradeesh Varma cranked the camera and music director was Gopi Sunder[2] for which he received the 62nd National Film Awards for Best Background Score.[3]

The film is a family drama that revolves around cricket, it centers on Rameshan (Nivin Pauly) and his memories from 1983 when India won its first World Cup under Kapil Dev.[4][2][4][5] 1983 which is also a tribute to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar released in January 31 was the first success film of 2014. All the songs composed by Gopi Sunder became popular and one of them, "Olanjali Kuruvi", was a chartbuster.[6]

The film received three Kerala State Film Awards including Best Debut Director for Abride Shine, Best Actor for Nivin Pauly and Second Best Actor for Anoop Menon.[7]


In a remote village in Kerala named Brahmamangalam, the people have a passion for cricket. From India winning their first Cricket World Cup in 1983, to present times, the story follows the father-son relationship of two generations. As a teenager Rameshan(Nivin Pauly) is passionate about cricket and performs well in his academics. His father (Joy Mathew) wants his son to become an Engineer one day. Rameshan is in love with Manjula (Nikki Galrani), who is studying in the same school. He is part of a local cricket team, formed by his close friends, and win many local tournaments with his above par performance in batting. However, with time his academic results turn very poor and even fail in his 12th Board exam. His love for the game remains the same and his father continues to protest against this. His love interest, Manjula, is very good in studies and join another college for higher education. Rameshan joins his father in running an electrical workshop and lives a modest life. His love for game continues all this while. Eventually, he loses his lover who marries an Indian-American. A depressed Rameshan is encouraged by friends and family to marry a girl from the same village. His wife, Susheela (Srinda Ashab), is ignorant about cricket to such an extent that she doesn't know Sachin Tendulkar. Rameshan is blessed with a son, Kannan (Bhagath Abrid), who show interest in cricket at a very young age. Rameshan still play cricket and starts coaching his son. He takes his son to a former state cricket player's (Anoop Menon) sports academy. Rameshan face many financial problems to support his sons coaching. His wife helps him against his mother's (Seema G. Nair) wishes. Rameshan's father and son play the vital role in his life and eventually his father gives him his supports to pursue his love for cricket. Rameshan, with the help of his father, makes a bowling machine to help his son play pace. After many ups and down, Kanan get selected for Under-14 district team. The movie ends with Rameshan talking about wanting to see his son wear the Indian cricket team jersey.


  • Nivin Pauly as Rameshan
  • Anoop Menon as Vijay Menon, cricket coach
  • Bhagath Abrid as Kannan, son of Rameshan
  • Srinda Ashab as Susheela, wife of Rameshan
  • Nikki Galrani as Manjula Sasidharan, ex-lover of Rameshan
  • Joy Mathew as Gopi Aashaan, father of Rameshan
  • Saiju Kurup as Pappan
  • Dinesh Nair as Saji a.k.a. Ambrose Saji
  • Sanju Sivaram as Babukuttan
  • Shereej Basheer as Varkey
  • Nandhan Unni as Navas
  • Kalabhavan Prajod as Mantle Johnny
  • Binoy Antony as Basheer
  • Joju George as Cricket coach
  • Neeraj Madhav as Prahaladan
  • Shibu Maradu as Mani
  • Jiyad as Freddy a.k.a. Minnal Freddy
  • Sui Joseph as Chandru
  • Jacob Gregory as Sachin
  • Madan Mohan as Josemon
  • Padmanabhan Prasanth as Satheesh Kumar
  • Karthik Thejus as boy in cricket academy
  • Tarush Katuria as boy in cricket academy
  • Aryan Katuria as boy in cricket academy
  • Priyanka Anoop as Pushpalatha
  • Seema G. Nair as Rameshan's mother
  • Valsala Menon as Sunny's mother
  • Santhakumari as Mariyamma
  • Ambika Mohan as Manjula's mother
  • Deepika Mohan as Manjula's aunt


The film started its shoot in May 2013 in Ernakulam and produced by Shamsudheen under banner of Shams films.[8] The movie distribution was done by LJ Films owned by director Lal Jose.[9]


Soundtrack album by Gopi Sunder
Recorded 2014
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Malayalam
Gopi Sunder chronology
Salala Mobiles
Happy Journey

The music is composed by Gopi Sunder. He won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction (Background score) for his work in the film.

Track Song Singer(s) Duration (min:sec) Lyricist Notes
1 "Olanajali Kuruvi" P Jayachandran, Vani Jayaram 4:48 Hari Narayanan
2 "Thalavettam Kanumba" Gopi Sundar, Nivas 3:20 Santhosh Varma
3 "Nenjile Nenjile" Gopi Sundar, Shankar Mahadevan, Aleetta Dennis 4:50 Santhosh Varma
4 "Olakkam Choodumaayi" Nivas, Aleetta Dennis 4:52 Santhosh Varma


Entertainment site oneindia gave 3.5/5 stars and said "1983 is a thoroughly enjoyable entertainer which pleases your heart throughout. For almost all generations, it's a nostalgic revisit to those childhood memories, where you had played cricket with your friends, a tennis ball, wickets of stick, and a bat carved from leaf stalk".[10]

IBTimes ranked Abrid Shine first in list of top 5 debutant Malayalam directors of 2014.[6]


2014 Kerala State Film Awards[7]


  1. ^ "Nivin Pauly and Anoop Menon in 1983". Sify.com. 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  2. ^ a b c Vijay George. "On location: 1983 — For the love of the game". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  3. ^ Anu James (24 March 2015). "National Film Awards (Malayalam): Twitterati Congratulate Gopi Sunder, Sidhartha Siva and Jayaraj [PHOTOS]". International Business Times. 
  4. ^ a b "M’wood gears up for more sports movies - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2013-02-17. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  5. ^ "Non-stop from ‘1983’". Deccan Chronicle. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  6. ^ a b Nicy (31 December 2014). "Malayalam Cinema: Top 5 Debutant Directors of 2014". International Business Times. 
  7. ^ a b Kerala Chalachitra Academy (10 August 2015). "State Film Award 2014". Keralafilm.com. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "'1983' started its shoot". Nowrunning.com. 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  9. ^ "Lal Jose to distribute 1983". indiaglitz.com. 2014. 
  10. ^ "1983 Movie Review - A Real Entertainer!". OneIndia. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 3.5/5 stars

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